Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Pathway to Licensure for Conditionally Certified Teachers

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Loyola University Maryland offers conditionally certified teachers courses to take towards their teacher certification. This includes teachers serving in a local public, private, or parochial school.

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

Course Format

  • Courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening 
  • 7 credit Professional Growth Experience (PGE) replaces the required internship
  • Completed in 2-5 years

Requirements

  • Must be full-time teacher of record in area of certification
  • Commute must be less than one hour from Baltimore campus
  • 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 unofficial transcripts to mat@loyola.edu to determine if prerequisite courses have been met

Benefits of Taking Certification Courses at Loyola

  • Receive advising support from Loyola faculty
  • Face to face, hybrid, and online coursework 
  • Coursework emphasizes the application of theory to practice in the classroom and school environment
  • Opportunities to expand professional learning network
  • May be able to transfer up to 9 related graduate credits (courses must be taken within the last 5 years)

Outcomes

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

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