Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary: Certification in Grades 1-6

The Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Grades 1-6 program is for individuals seeking initial teacher certification. The course of study is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified teachers who are responsive to the educational needs of diverse learners at the elementary level (grades 1-6).


The elementary education program requires an undergraduate major in one of the four content areas (mathematics, science, English, or social studies, or another closely related area) and/or a well-rounded liberal arts background, including courses in science, mathematics, English, and social studies. Social studies include economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The elementary education student must have a minimum of:

  • English – 9 credits which includes one English Literature course
  • Math – 9 credits which includes one statistics course
  • Social Studies – minimum of 9 credits which includes one history course
  • Science – 10 credits which includes one science with a lab course

Under provisional acceptance, elementary students who are missing up to three of the above undergraduate courses may start the program. These courses are taken outside of Loyola and must be completed by:

  • 1 course Complete within the end of the first semester
  • 2-3 courses Complete within the end of the second semester

Completion of this program and satisfactory scores on the Praxis CORE (or equivalent) and Praxis II exams will lead to Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification.

Program Format

Most classes are offered in the late afternoon and early evening to balance various schedules. The program is available in both a part-time and full-time format to accommodate students who want to complete the program on a fast pace, as well as students who prefer to take a number of years to finish. Students may start the program in fall or summer semesters.

Degree Requirements

The Loyola MAT in Elementary requires 38 credit hours.   All courses are three credits, unless indicated otherwise.

Core Courses (12 credits)
SE 761 Introduction to Special Education
TE 600 Foundations of Education*
TE 603 Learning Sciences
TE 670 Teacher Research and Inquiry

Required Reading Courses (12 credits)
RE 760 Process and Acquisition of Literacy
RE 761 Materials for Teaching Reading
RE 762 Assessment and Instruction of Reading I*
RE 763 Assessment and Instruction of Reading II

Pedagogy/ Practical Courses (14 credits)
TE 631 Elementary Mathematics Methods and Management
TE 632 Elementary Science Methods and Management (2 credits)
TE 633 Elementary Social Studies Methods and Management (2 credits)
TE 641 Internship II Seminar: Elementary/Middle/Secondary (Corerequisite TE680) (1 credit)**
TE 679 Internship I: Elementary (One day/week for 1 credit)**
TE 680 Internship II: Elementary (full time for 5 credits)**

*Includes a 20-hour field experience.

Field Experience 

This program includes two 20-hour field placement designed to provide the student with exposure to school classroom operations prior to the internship.

  • Internship I is one day or two half days a week for a semester after initial consecutive full time orientation days.
  • Internship II consists of teaching five school days a week for the semester.  Students take an Internship II Seminar.

**Students participating in a Professional Growth Experience (PGE), a six credit option, will fulfill the internship requirement. This option is available for full time teachers who currently teach in the area in which they are seeking teacher certification and teach within a designated commuting time from the Baltimore campus.

Program Outcomes

Completion of this program and satisfactory scores on the Praxis CORE (or equivalent) and Praxis II exams will lead to elementary education (grades 1-6) certification by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).