Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education Degree (Certification in Grades 1-6)

Photo of teacher helping student at her deskThe Master of Arts in Teaching, elementary education degree program is for individuals seeking initial teacher certification in grades 1 - 6. The course of study is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified teachers who are responsive to the educational needs of diverse learners at the elementary level (grades 1-6). Completion of this program and appropriate licensure exams will lead to eligibility for Maryland State Department of Education teacher certification. 


  • Bachelor degree required 
  • 3.0 or higher GPA in most recent degree or passing score on the Praxis Core or equivalent exam
  • Liberal Arts background including a minimum of:
English  9 credits, including one literature course 
Mathematics 9 credits, including one statistics course 
Social Studies 9 credits, including one U.S. History course 
Science  10 credits, including one laboratory skills course 

Transcript Analysis

A transcript analysis determines the content area prerequisites you may be required to complete in addition to MAT program course work. While an analysis can be completed when application materials are received, prior completion of the analysis allows for a quicker admissions decision. To request a transcript analysis, please email a copy of your unofficial transcript to

Students missing no more than three prerequisite courses may be admitted conditionally to the part-time program. These courses are taken outside of Loyola and must be completed by the end of the second semester. 

Students pursing the full-time pathway should have all prerequisite courses completed prior to beginning the program. 

Program Pathways

Martina Ramirez

"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."

Martina Ramirez
MAT Elementary Education, ’18
ESOL and Math Teacher; 4th and 6th Grade, Lakeland Elementary/Middle School