Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
A program leading to teacher certification
Loyola's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers a course of study that provides initial teacher certification and is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified teachers who are responsive to the needs of diverse learners. Offered for both full- and part-time enrollment, the MAT program offers a rich integration of coursework, internship experience, and individualized attention. Students become educators committed to the development of all children—with particular attention paid to those who have been underserved. The program is grounded in the guiding tenets of Loyola's School of Education conceptual framework - competence, conscience, and compassion - and is influenced by the Jesuit educational philosophy, which emphasizes academic excellence, reflective practice, ethical leadership, and social justice in education. Two field experiences—one of which is in an urban school—are incorporated into the program of study. In addition, students complete a supervised internship in one of our Professional Development Schools (PDS) which are located in the greater Baltimore area. Students who are already teaching in their certification area may have the option to complete their field experiences and/or internship in their schools. The Maryland State Department of Education teacher certification offers reciprocity in the majority of the United States.
Within the MAT program candidates can concentrate in Elementary or Secondary Education; each of these concentrations offer disciplinary specialty areas in PK-12.
Additionally, the MAT has an urban teacher cohort that supports and ensures internships in an urban setting.
The secondary program includes English, mathematics, social studies, biology, chemistry, earth/space science, and physics in grades 7-12. Candidates pursuing art, French, music vocal/instrumental, and Spanish apply to grades PreK-12 and fall under the secondary program. Loyola's MAT program has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) using recognized state and national standards and includes Maryland approved reading courses.