Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Teacher Certification for Conditional Teachers

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Loyola University Maryland offers conditionally certified teachers courses to take towards their teacher certification.

Designed for candidates currently teaching in their area of certification – public, private, or parochial.

What is a Conditionally Certified Teacher?

A conditionally certified teacher is a teacher of record who is employed full-time in a Maryland school and is seeking initial certification.

To become certified, teachers must complete Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree requirements and required licensure exams.

Areas of Certification

  • Elementary education 
  • Secondary education
  • Specialty areas

Course Format

  • Course format is the same as part-time MAT 
  • 9 credit Professional Growth Experience (PGE) replaces the required internship
  • Completed in 2-5 years

Requirements

  • Commute must be less than one hour from Baltimore campus
  • Must be full-time teacher of record in area of certification
  • Transcript analysis: Send to mat@loyola.edu
  • Up to 9 graduate credits may be accepted to replace related required coursework

Benefits of Taking Certification Courses at Loyola

  • Receive advising support from Loyola faculty
  • Face to face, hybrid, and online coursework 
  • Classes held during afternoon and evening hours 
  • Able to transfer up to 9 related graduate credits (courses must be taken within the last 5 years)
  • Relevant coursework related to current teaching position
  • Opportunities to expand professional learning network

Outcomes

  • Earn Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree
  • Leads to certification in Maryland

Courses You Will Take

Elementary Education Course Requirements

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

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 - 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:

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 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

Professional Growth Experience

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