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.
MAT candidates can choose to concentrate in either elementary (grades 1-6) or secondary (grades 7-12: in English, mathematics, social studies, Spanish, biology, chemistry, earth/space science, and physics) education. Two field experiences, one of which is in an urban school, are incorporated into the program of study, along with a supervised internship in a Baltimore-area school. Students who are already teaching in their certification area complete their field experiences and internship in their schools. With certification reciprocity across the U.S., Loyola's MAT program has been approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).