Master of Arts in Teaching

Admission Requirements and Application Information

Student Profile

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for students who hold a degree outside the field of education and who wish to earn initial teaching certification in a specific secondary content discipline. In addition, the program aims to serve individuals who may be retiring from a previous profession, relocating, returning to the workforce after a period of absence, or simply seeking a second career that builds on previous study.

Successful completion of the program entitles a candidate to be recommended for Maryland Teaching Certification in specific secondary content disciplines: biology, earth/space science, English, chemistry, computer science, history, mathematics, physics, or social studies, in addition to foreign languages: French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish.


The Master of Arts in Teaching program follows the general admission requirements of the UMUC Graduate School. Additional admission requirements for this program apply. To be eligible, you must have:

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  2. Completed a major in the content area for which certification will be sought. Alternatively, and subject to UMUC approval, students must have completed 30 credits in content-related courses.

  3. Attained a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in content area or possess a prior graduate degree in an appropriate content area.

  4. A qualifying composite score on the Praxis CORE Assessment test, or alternatively a qualifying composite score on the Praxis I, SAT, ACT, or GRE. Titles and qualifying scores for these exams can be found on the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Website. Foreign language applicants must also submit scores on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Written Proficiency Test (WPT) for admission to the MAT.

  5. An official transcript analysis of previous coursework. It is beneficial for you to do your own transcript analysis for your preferred content area specialty. Review the teaching standards and transcript review forms to help with your self-analysis.

  6. Applicants looking to teach computer science who possess a degree or coursework older than five years must take the Praxis II content exam for computer science (5651) and submit a qualifying test score (171) to apply to the MAT program, in addition to submitting a qualifying test score on any one of the Maryland basic skills tests (see item #4).

Once UMUC receives the application, transcripts, and test scores, your transcript will be reviewed and you will be notified of any deficiencies in your prerequisites. However, you are advised to conduct a self-assessment of your transcripts before applying. In this way, you can determine if you have the key courses needed in a specific content area to be eligible for the MAT program in your selected certification area.

You can also visit Master of Arts in Teaching Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions about the MAT program.

To apply to the MAT program, applicants must complete an online application and submit all required official application documents to UMUC Graduate Admissions.

Required Application Documents

  1. Transcripts
    Include official transcripts from your undergraduate degree-granting institution and any additional official transcripts from any graduate courses taken or graduate programs completed. The transcripts must be in their original sealed envelopes. This applies to students who attended another institution in the University System of Maryland. Applicants who attended University of Maryland University College (Stateside, Asia, or Europe) do not need to request a UMUC transcript. However, dates of attendance must be listed on the application form.

  2. Test Scores
    Applicants who have already taken the Praxis Core Assessment Test, GRE, SAT, or ACT exams should have their test scores sent directly from ETS or SAT to the following address at UMUC:

    UMUC Graduate Admissions
    3501 University Blvd. East
    Adelphi, MD 20783 USA

    Applicants who will be taking the Praxis exams should use the following code to ensure that the scores are sent directly to UMUC: UMUC Praxis code RA5406

    Applicants who will be submitting a copy of their SAT exam should use the following code to ensure that the scores are sent directly to UMUC: UMUC SAT code 0551

    Start Date
    Application Deadline
    Summer 2016
    May 16, 2016
    May 4, 2016
    Fall 2016
    September 12, 2016
    August 26, 2016
    Spring 2017
    January 30, 2017
    January 18, 2017

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