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

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

This pathway is designed for teachers who are currently teaching in their desired licensure 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 licensure.

Areas of licensure

  • 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

Fall Semester Deadlines:

Scholarship Deadline - July 1, 2024
Priority Deadline - August 2, 2024

  1. Complete the admission online application.
  2. Fulfill the admission requirements below.
  3. Interested in taking courses towards licensure? 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 licensure.
  • 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 licensure. More information can be found on the elementary or secondary education program pages.
  • Send official transcripts to 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 licensure 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 licensure 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


Practical, Real-World Application

Students complete clinical experiences in Professional Development and partnership schools in the greater Baltimore area. Students who are already teaching in their licensure area may have the option to complete their field experiences and/or internship in their schools.


Loyola’s MAT program was exactly what I was looking for— a great hands on experience with supportive and encouraging mentors. The internship experience has been amazing and I have learned so much from all of my professors and my mentor teachers, so I feel that Loyola has prepared me to be the kind of educator that I strive to be.
The MAT program's clinical and academic experiences prepared me to be a teacher who models compassion, competence, creativity, preparation, reflection, and responsiveness to diverse learners. In just one year, I have grown tremendously and am proud to be a part of this community of highly qualified teachers.
As an educator, the MAT program gave me the necessary tools to promote and cultivate, diversity, equity, and inclusion in my classroom. Invaluable internship experiences alongside relevant curriculum ensured that my transition from scholar to educator be a seamless and successful one.
Ready to learn more?

Explore the following links or contact us at or 410-617-5095. For admission-related questions, contact Mechelle Palmer at