Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Pathway to Licensure for Conditionally Certified Teachers in Public and Private Schools

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Loyola University Maryland offers a pathway for conditionally certified teachers to receive their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and to be eligible for initial certification in Maryland. 

This pathway is designed for teachers who are currently teaching in their desired certification area. Candidates may enroll in the part-time pathway to fulfill MAT degree and licensure requirements or candidates may select relevant coursework needed for alternative certification.

Areas of Certification

  • Elementary Education (grades 1-6)
  • Secondary Education (grades 7-12)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Social Studies
  • Specialty Areas (grades PK-12)
    • Art
    • French
    • Music
    • Spanish

How to Apply

Summer Semester Deadlines:

Scholarship Deadline - March 1, 2021
Priority Deadline - March 15, 2021

1. Complete the admission online application.

2. Fulfill the admission requirements below.

3. Interested in taking courses towards certification? Check out our list of MAT courses and contact us for more information.

Admission Requirements

  • Must be a full-time teacher of record in area of certification.
  • Test scores are required for applicants with an overall GPA under 3.0 on the most recent degree earned. See our admission requirements for more information. 
  • Applicants must have required prerequisite courses in the desired area of certification. More information can be found on the elementary or secondary education program pages.
  • Send official transcripts to mat@loyola.edu to determine if prerequisite courses have been met.

Program Benefits

  • Instructional coaching and support from Loyola faculty
  • Face to face, hybrid, and online coursework; accommodates working professionals 
  • Opportunities to expand professional learning network
  • May be able to transfer up to 9 related graduate credits
  • Flexible timeline; can be completed in 2-5 years

Program Outcomes

  • Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.
  • Eligible for certification in Maryland upon program completion. 

Program of Study

Elementary Education Course Requirements

Course requirements for this 39-credit program are as follows:

Foundational 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 - Processes and Acquisition of Literacy
  • RE 761 - Materials for Teaching Reading
  • RE 762 - Assessment and Instruction in Reading I
  • RE 763 - Assessment and Instruction in Reading II

Pedagogy/Practice Courses (15 credits)

  • TE 631 - Elementary Mathematics Methods and Management
  • TE 632 - Elementary STEM Methods and Management
  • TE 633 - Elementary Social Studies Methods and Management
  • TE 683 - PGE I & Seminar: Elementary
  • TE 685 - PGE II & Seminar

Secondary (7-12) and Specialty Areas (PK-12) Course Requirements

Course requirements for this 34 credit program are as follows:

Foundational 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 Course (6 credits)

  • RE 733 - Teaching Literacy in the Content Area I
  • RE 744 - Teaching Literacy in the Content Area II

Pedagogy/Practice Courses (16 credits)

  • ET 605 - Introduction to Educational Technology
  • TE 612 - Secondary Methods of Teaching

Select the Methods Course in the Certification Area:

  • TE 604 - Methods of Teaching English
  • TE 605 - Methods of Teaching Social Studies
  • TE 606 - Methods of Teaching Science
  • TE 607 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics
  • TE 609 - Methods of Teaching World Languages
  • TE 610 - Methods of Teaching Art
  • TE 611 - Methods of Teaching Music

Professional Growth Experience

  • TE 684 – PGE I & Seminar
  • TE 685 - PGE II & Seminar