Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program

Student Handbooks

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is committed to developing and certifying teachers who demonstrate research-based and practice-validated strategies for teaching and learning. In this context, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program aims to cultivate reflective teachers who not only create a learning culture where students exist at the center of the educational situation; but, who also teach with the conviction that all students can learn at high levels. 

UMUC believes that in order to nurture the highest levels of professionalism in teacher candidates, the candidates must be immersed in the experiences of the PreK-12 schools, both to observe and to teach. Therefore, the MAT program is inherently a clinically- based teacher development program, where the courses in the program underpin the field and clinical experiences in which the teacher candidates participate throughout the program. 

Every course in the MAT program has at its core a field experience. This document provides an overview, course by course, of what the teacher candidate should expect when taking the course.  It is the teacher candidate's responsibility to be prepared to engage in the field experiences. In many school systems, this will often entail having to complete specific forms and paperwork in a timely manner, having background checks, and even being fingerprinted. Each school system is different. 

The handbooks linked here will provide an overview of MAT policies, expectations, guidelines as well as a description of course by course field experiences, how to prepare for the internship and what is expected during the internship semester.