Master of Arts in Teaching


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed for students who wish to earn secondary teacher certification. Successful completion of the program entitles a candidate to be recommended for Maryland Teaching Certification in specific subject areas, including: earth/space science, physics, English, mathematics, history, social studies, chemistry, biology, computer science, Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin Chinese. Focus is on producing teacher candidates who can demonstrate research-based and practice validated strategies for teaching and learning, teach subject matter to a diverse student body, analyze their practice for effectiveness in promoting student learning and integrate technology to promote personal and student growth.

Note: Students interested in teaching in other states should contact their state department of education for certification requirements. See an overview of existing interstate agreements.

Career Path

Secondary school teacher, licensed in the state of Maryland

Admission Requirements

Review admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching requires the successful completion of 30 credits, including 6 credits of professional internship.

Course Sequencing

  1. Courses must be taken in order.
  2. Certain courses in the MAT program may be taken together, allowing a student to take two courses in a semester. Students should contact the Education Department as a first step to discuss concurrent course sequencing options.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass the university required content assessment prior to the student teaching internship and register for the Praxis II pedagogy exam prior to graduation. Students must provide evidence of passing the university required content assessment and registering for the Praxis II pedagogy exam. Additionally, students must successfully complete a performance-based teaching portfolio and action research project.

Technology Requirements

As a student in the Graduate School's Department of Education MAT or MEd program, you will be required to purchase a one-time $100 subscription to TK20 HigherEd before your first class begins. This is a comprehensive assessment and management system, which will support all students and programs within the department. Learn more.


Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605, Effective Graduate Writing (0).

Required Courses

USCP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • EDTP 600 Foundations of Teaching for Learning (6)
  • EDTP 635 Adolescent Development and Learning Needs (6)
  • EDTP 639 Reading and Multiple Literacies (6)
  • EDTP 645 Subject Methods and Assessment (6)

NOTE: Students who began the MAT program prior to Summer 2011 must also take EDTC 615, Using Technology for Instructional Improvement: Research, Data and Best Practices (3).

Required Internship

  • EDTP 650 Professional Internship and Seminar (6)

Required ON-SITE Internship and Seminar: The on-site internship and seminar requires a full-time presence in an approved secondary school for a minimum of 80 in-school days over the semester and is offered only in fall and spring semesters.

Field Experience and Student Teaching Internship

The MAT Program is a clinically based teacher preparation program. Every course in the MAT program includes required field experience components in which students develop and practice their knowledge, skills, and dispositions for working effectively with diverse learners. Students in the MAT program may work with secondary students in a variety of settings, including conventional and distance-learning classrooms; urban, suburban, and rural schools; and learning communities that offer cultural, ethnic, language, and socioeconomic diversity. The program requires students to complete and document field experiences in diverse settings.

Each student is responsible for following the required procedures for arranging field experiences and classroom observations within the school district of his or her choice. While UMUC is able to provide support and assistance in securing field placements, the university cannot guarantee that all school districts will grant MAT students permission to enter the classroom. Also, states and local school districts have varying regulations and policies regarding field experiences and student teaching. Students are advised to remain informed about the student teaching requirements for their state and locality and the Department of Defense.


School or district administrators who are interested in developing a cohort program for their school(s) should contact the UMUC Education Department at 240-684-2596.

Certification and State Authorization

Students are responsible for remaining informed about the teacher certification requirements of the state in which they seek to become certified. Teacher certification requirements are constantly evolving in many states. Please be sure to confirm the requirements and any reciprocity arrangements with the state's certifying agency. State specific information is available through The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification's Web site.

Note to Students Residing in Kentucky
Students residing in Kentucky may not complete field and clinical work in public/private schools in the state but may be able to do so in U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools.

Note to Students Who Wish to Teach in North Carolina
Students residing in North Carolina may not complete field and clinical work in public/private schools in the state but may be able to do so in U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools.

For additional information about applying for teacher certification in North Carolina, please make sure you review the "Steps to a NC Professional Educator's License." Please note that North Carolina does not have 100% reciprocity with any state. You must complete all steps noted.

Note to Students Residing in Washington State
University of Maryland University College is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes UMUC to offer specific degree programs. The council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Maryland. Although you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Visit the Professional Educators Standards Board for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts to determine whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

NCATE Accredited

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)The graduate education department at University of Maryland University College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers the Master of Arts in Teaching program for initial teacher preparation and the Master of Education in instructional technology program at UMUC. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

Both the MAT and the MEd in Instructional Technology are approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The MAT is also approved by the Maryland State Department of Education as a professional education program leading to state teacher certification. UMUC is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). Visit the Alabama Department of Education for more information.

1 Source: "Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020," Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013.
2 Source: "The Online College Labor Market," Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce, based on data from Burning Glass Technologies, 2014.

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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