Master of Arts in Teaching

Admission Requirements and Application Information

Student Profile

The 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.


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. An official transcript analysis of previous coursework. See below for details about transcripts.

  2. Completion of a major in the content area for which certification will be sought and have earned a 2.75 average in the major. Alternatively, and subject to UMUC approval, students must have completed 30 credits in content-related courses and have earned a 2.75 average in these courses.

  3. Maryland-specified qualifying scores on the ACT, GRE, SAT or Praxis I exams. Titles and qualifying scores for these exams can be found on the Maryland State Department of Education website. See Required Application Documents to find out how to submit test scores.

Once UMUC receives the application, transcripts, and test scores, they will be evaluated to ensure that you have completed the necessary academic coursework. You may be instructed to complete additional academic coursework before being admitted into the MAT program.

All admission documents must be received by the deadlines below to begin in the term applied for: 

Start Date
Application Deadline
Spring 2014
February 3, 2014
January 20, 2014
Summer 2014
May 19, 2014
May 9, 2014
Fall 2014
September 8, 2014
August 29, 2014


Required Application Documents

  1. Transcripts
    Include official transcripts of your academic records 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 includes 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, GRE, SAT, or ACT exams should have their test scores sent directly from ETS or ACT 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

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