Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Certification

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education Degree (Certification in Grades 7-12 or PK-12)

The Master of Arts in Teaching, secondary education degree program is for individuals seeking initial teacher certification. The course of study is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified teachers who are responsive to the educational needs of diverse learners at the secondary level. Completion of this program and satisfactory scores on appropriate licensure exams will lead to Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification.

Program Overview

  • Illustration of a stack of books Credits: 34
  • Illustration of a calendar Class Duration: 8 and 16 week courses
  • Illustration of a computer with charts and graphs on the screen Delivery: Hybrid
  • Illustration of an analog clock Format: Full-time or Part-time
  • Illustration of a classical building with columns Next Admission Term: Spring 2024
  • Illustration of a graduation cap Time of Completion: 1-5 years


An undergraduate major (or 27 sufficient credits) in the content area in which the aspiring teaching is seeking certification (art, biology, chemistry, French, music (vocal or instrumental), physics, English, Spanish, mathematics or social studies) is required.

MAT Secondary Certification Areas (Grades 7-12)

Social studies includes majors in economics, geography, government, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. At least 15 credits in history, including U.S. history, are required.

MAT Secondary Certification Areas (Grades PK-12)

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.

Degree Requirements

The Loyola MAT in Secondary Education requires 34 credit hours.

Core Courses (12 credits)
SE 761 Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
TE 600 Foundations of Education* (3 credits)
TE 603 Learning Sciences (3 credits)
TE 670 Teacher Research and Inquiry (3 credits)

Required Reading Courses (6 credits)
RE 733 Teaching Reading in the Content Area I (3 credits)
RE 744 Teaching Reading in the Content Area II (3 credits)

Pedagogy/ Practical Courses (16 credits)
TE 612 Secondary Methods of Teaching* (3 credits)
ET 605 Introduction to Educational Technology (3 credits)

TE 6**

Methods of Teaching in the Certification Area - 604 (English), 605 (Social Studies), 606  (Science), 607 (Math) or 609 (Foreign Language), 610 (Art ), 611 (Music) (3 credits)

TE 6**

Internship I in the Certification Area - 645 (Art), 646 (Music), 647 (French), 648 (Spanish), 649 (English), 650 (Social Studies), 651 (Science), 652 (Mathematics) (1 credit)
TE 6** Seminar and Internship II in the Certification Area - 653 (English), 654 (Social Studies), 655 (Science), 656 (Mathematics), 657 (Spanish), 658 (French), 659 (Art), 660 (Music) (6 credits)

*Includes a 20-hour field experience.

Program Pathways

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 certification area may have the option to complete their field experiences and/or internship in their schools.

Hear from Greyhounds
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.
Nicole Levine, '22
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.
Summer Pearson, ‘22
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, '18
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Pursuing Justice, Together

When students enroll in the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs at Loyola’s School of Education, they are welcomed into a vibrant and diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are engaged in ensuring an inclusive educational system that actualizes social justice.