Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

FAQs about the MAT

A program leading to teacher certification.

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Admissions (all)

What is the average GPA of applicants?

At Loyola we look at an applicant’s whole admission application and GPA is only one factor. We require an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 for unconditional admission to our program. Applicants under the 3.0 threshold may be considered for probational admission.

How competitive is admission in the program?

The MAT Program at Loyola looks closely at applications in order to admit students that we feel confident can be successful both in our coursework and as a future teacher.  As a nationally accredited program that prepares candidates for initial certification in the state of Maryland (and most other states), Loyola’s MAT is a rigorous, research based teacher preparation program that holds high standards for students. We encourage highly-motivated, academically and interpersonally skilled candidates to apply.

If I am already a full time teacher, how will I complete the internship?

A Professional Growth Experience (PGE) is available for teachers who are full-time teachers of record in the certification area in which they are seeking teacher certification and who teach within a designated commuting time from the Baltimore campus. The supervised professional growth experience occurs within your current teaching position over the course of two semesters. There is a required seminar for both PGEI and PGE II. 

What if I taught before? Is this program suitable for me? Can I be exempt from the internship?

This program leads to initial teacher certification.  We welcome current teachers that are not MSDE elementary or secondary certified. However, due to the design of our program, we do not exempt individuals from the internship, as it is a state and program requirement.

Can I contact a current or former MAT candidate?

Please contact educationdean1@loyola.edu and someone will connect you wither either a current or former MAT candidate.

Is it possible to obtain the teaching certification and not the MAT degree?

It is not possible to obtain only teacher certification. Candidates of our program will obtain teacher certification and a Master’s degree.

Admissions (Elementary)

I’m not sure if my undergraduate coursework meets the admission requirements. Can someone review my transcript?

The elementary education program requires an undergraduate major in one of the four content areas mathematics, science, English, or social studies, or closely related area) and/or a well-rounded liberal arts background.

The elementary education students 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.

If you would your transcript evaluated, please email educationdean1@loyola.edu 

What if I don’t have all of the required coursework?

Under provisional acceptance, elementary candidates who are missing three of the undergraduate courses may start the program. These courses are taken outside of Loyola with the following requirements:

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

Admission (Secondary)

I’m not sure if my undergraduate coursework meets the admission requirements.

The secondary program requires an undergraduate major (or 27-30 sufficient credits) in the content area in which the aspiring teacher is seeking certification.

What are the secondary certification areas available at Loyola?

We offer secondary certification (grades 7-12) in Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies.  Social Studies certification includes majors in economics, geography, government, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. It is necessary to have at least 15 credits in history.

We also offer MAT secondary certification (grades PK-12) in art, French, German, music (vocal or instrumental), and Spanish.

The Program

How many credits will I need to complete in the program?

Loyola’s Elementary Certification program requires 38-39 credits. Loyola’s Secondary Certification program requires 34 - 35 credits. Candidates have the option to successfully complete a Technology Exam to waive the 1-credit Introduction to Educational Technology course.

How long is the program?

Full time candidates can complete the program in 20 months. Part-time candidates can complete the program within 3-5 years.

Can I work while I am a candidate in the program?

Yes. However, during Internship I, candidates must be able to attend the internship 1 – 1.5 days/week during the school day. During Internship II, candidates will attend the internship full-time according to the schedule of the local school system.

When are the classes offered?

Most classes are offered at 4:30 p.m. (or 4:15 p.m. in the summer) or at 7:05 p.m.

Where are the classes offered?

We currently offer classes on all three campuses; Loyola Baltimore and Loyola Timonium and Columbia Graduate Centers.

Can this program be taken part-time?

Yes, candidates can take this program half –time. To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must take a minimum of 2 classes (6 credits) in the fall and spring and 1 class (3 credits) in the summer. University policy states candidates must complete the program within 5 years of enrollment date.

Can this program be taken full- time?

Yes, this program can be taken full-time. A full-time candidate registers for at least nine credits during the fall and spring semesters and six credits during the summer semester.

Field Experience

What are the required field experiences for this program?

Loyola’s program includes two 20- hour field experiences designed to provide candidates with experience in school settings prior to internship. These experiences occur during school hours over two semesters.

How many days per week are required for the internship?

Internship 1 is one or one and one-half days a week in the fall semester after an initial full time orientation in August. Internship II consists of teaching five school days a week for the spring semester, following the schedule of the local school system.

Do I have to find my own field placements?

No, you are not required to find your own field placements. Loyola’s Coordinator of Clinical Experiences will find a placement for your clinical experiences.

Where does the MAT program place its teacher candidates?

Teacher candidates are placed in a wide range of settings including urban, suburban, public, private, and alternative schools. We currently have partnerships in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City. Visit our Professional Development Schools website to see a full listing of our partnership schools.

If I am already a full time teacher, how will I complete the internship?

A Professional Growth Experience (PGE) is available for teachers who are full-time teachers of record in the certification area in which they are seeking teacher certification and who teach within a designated commuting time from the Baltimore campus. The supervised professional growth experience occurs within your current teaching position over the course of two semesters. There is a required seminar for both PGEI and PGE II.

Urban Teacher Cohort

Are there different admission requirements for the Urban Teacher Cohort?

No, we do not have separate admission criteria for this program. However, we only accept applicants into the program in the Fall semester.

What’s the difference between the traditional MAT and the Urban Teacher Cohort?

The Urban Teacher Cohort is a competitive scholarship for full-time (minimum 2 courses a semester) candidates specifically interested in teaching in urban schools.  The program is designed to address the national conversation regarding teacher preparation for schools are urban context. While participants enrolled in the Urban Teacher Cohort take the same coursework as our traditional MAT program, the coursework and field experiences specifically address the assets and particular challenges of urban education. Field experiences and internships take place in urban schools in the Baltimore area.

Do I have to follow the lock step scheduled identified for the cohort?

Yes, participants in the Urban Teacher Cohort will take courses in the prescribed order during the sequence identified at the time of your admission.

How may courses will I take each semester?

Most students take 2-3 courses each semester but your program of study will be determined in conversation with your advisor.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

You will complete the program in two years.

How do I apply for the urban teacher cohort?

You will apply for the cohort online through our application process.

Financial Information

What is the cost for the program?

The cost for the program is $21,470. Our tuition is charged per credit; to view our current per credit cost, please visit our financial aid & tuition website. This tuition is all inclusive with the exception of a per semester $25 registration fee, $200 internship/Professional Growth Experience II fee and the $150 graduation fee.

What scholarships/grants/awards are available?

We offer a $8,000 scholarship to participants in the Urban Teacher Cohort. The $8,000 scholarship is split evenly over 4 semesters. We also offer a $4,000 Ignatius Award that is split evenly over 2 semesters. Both awards are granted during the time of admission. Applicants are not required to submit an additional application for consideration.

We also offer number graduate assistantships (G.A.) positions. For more information on our graduate assistantships, please visit our website.

Certification

Will I be eligible to teach in other states than Maryland following graduation?

The state of Maryland is part of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification interstate reciprocity agreement. Which states,” Such an "acceptance" agreement means that the "receiving" state will issue some form of authorization allowing the inbound certificate holder to legally teach or provide service in the receiving state, provided the license issued by the "sending" state is acceptable under the agreement. This authorization may be limited in time by the receiving state, and the receiving state may impose additional requirements which need to be accomplished before the educator can teach or practice after the end of the time limit.”

In short, Loyola candidates can be hired in other state but may have additional requirements to complete within a year or two of your teaching career in that state. For more information, please visit the NASDTEC website.