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About this course

The UMBC Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is a NCATE and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved graduate program for career changers and recent graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree seeking initial teaching certification. Students are introduced to pedagogy, including curriculum planning, instructional design, assessment and human development as well as a subject-specific methods course. In keeping with Maryland’s Redesign of Teacher Education (1996), the MAT incorporates competency-based course work and a Professional Development School 100 day internship program for every student in the program. The course work integrates content and pedagogy as recommended by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) (1996), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All MAT candidates’ competencies in essential teaching and content knowledge will be evaluated through performance-based assessments. Graduates of this program will meet all Maryland certification requirements, receive initial teacher certification at the secondary level in their area of specialization, and extend their understanding of issues germane to teaching and learning.

Entry Requirements

  1. Undergraduate and/or graduate degree with a 3.0 GPA
  2. Qualifying score of 527 on PRAXIS I Examination or GRE score of 1000
  3. Undergraduate and/or graduate degree or 30+ credits of specified coursework in their certification area.
  4. Completed Graduate School Application