Start your career off right with a flexible teaching master's degree that prepares you for Maryland certification and classroom success.
In the Master of Arts in Teaching program at University of Maryland University College, you'll learn the latest teaching strategies and gain the experience you need to enter the field of secondary education with confidence. Develop skills in teaching diverse student bodies, integrating technology into the classroom, and responding to varying learning styles in a wide range of secondary school environments.
This program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree who want to earn Maryland teaching certification in secondary education in subject areas including earth/space science, physics, English, mathematics, history, social studies, chemistry, biology, computer science, Spanish, French, German, or Mandarin Chinese. If you are interested in teaching in a state other than Maryland, please see that state's department of education for certification requirements.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
About the Master of Arts in Teaching
MAT courses, developed in conjunction with school districts, feature the latest theory in pedagogy and help you apply what you're learning right away on the job.
Every course in the MAT program includes field experience components in which you'll develop and practice your knowledge, skills, and dispositions for working effectively with diverse learners. This experience culminates in a full-time, on-site teaching internship of at least 80 in-school days (approximately 18 calendar weeks), which you complete under the supervision of a mentor teacher who is certified in your content area.
You will be responsible for following procedures for arranging field experiences and classroom observations within the school district of your choice. While UMUC is able to provide support and assistance in securing field placements, we 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. We recommend you familiarize yourself with the student teaching requirements for your state and locality.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Design and deliver instructional plans
- Manage a middle or high school classroom
- Assess student learning
- Use technology to maximize student learning
- Differentiate teaching methods
- Teach secondary students in a variety of settings, including conventional classrooms; urban, suburban, and rural schools; and learning communities that have cultural, ethnic, language, and socioeconomic diversity
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Collaborate with a mentor teacher in the field to determine a target outcome for a group of students, then develop a strategy for achieving the target, carry out the initiative, and measure the results
- Conduct observations in inclusion classrooms (grades K–12) to identify and describe developmentally appropriate practices that work effectively with adolescent learners and identify and describe classroom management procedures that are effective with adolescent students
Master of Arts in Teaching Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- EDTP 600
- EDTP 635
- EDTP 639
- EDTP 645
- EDTP 650
Core Rules & Recommendations
- Courses should be taken in the order listed.
- EDTP 600 and EDTP 635 must be taken before EDTP 639 and may be taken together.
- EDTP 639 and EDTP 645 must be completed before EDTP 650 and may be taken together.
- You must pass the university-required content assessment prior to the student teaching internship and register for the Praxis II pedagogy exam prior to graduation.
- You must successfully complete a performance-based teaching portfolio and student learning objectives project.
- The Content Mastery Policy requires that you earn at least 80 percent (grade of B) on major assignments, called Key Assessments, which are required before specific transition points in the MAT program.
- You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
- All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
- Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
- You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not acceptable for MAT courses. Your course syllabus will explain options for and consequences of requesting an Incomplete.
This program is designed to help you achieve Maryland teaching certification in the field of secondary education and can be helpful for becoming certified in other states.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
Program Admission Requirements
You must provide an official transcript(s) in its original sealed envelope(s) demonstrating all of the following:
- Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Completion of a major in the content area for which certification will be sought (alternatively, and subject to UMUC approval, you can complete 30 credits in content-related courses)
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in content area coursework
You must also provide proof of a qualifying composite test score on the Praxis CORE Assessment, or alternatively a qualifying composite score on the Praxis I, SAT, ACT, or GRE. Titles and qualifying scores for these exams can be found at the Maryland State Department of Education.
- 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 (5652) and submit a qualifying test score (149) to apply to the MAT program, in addition to submitting a qualifying test score on any one of the Maryland basic skills tests.
- Foreign language applicants must also submit scores on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Written Proficiency Test.
Once we receive your application, transcripts, and test scores, we will notify you if you meet the admission criteria.
You must 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.
Although UMUC's Education Department makes the final determination regarding admission, you are encouraged to perform a self-assessment of your transcript. Use the following forms to help you analyze your transcripts and review the required standards for your preferred teaching specialty.
Transcript Review Forms
- Computer Science
- Earth and Space Sciences
- Mandarin Chinese
- Social Studies
If you have already taken the Praxis Core, Praxis 1, GRE, SAT, or ACT exams, have your test scores sent directly to
UMUC Graduate Admissions
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, MD 20783
Applicants who will be taking the Praxis exams should use the following code to send their transcripts directly: UMUC Praxis code RA5406
Applicants who will be submitting a copy of their SAT exam should use the following code to send their transcripts directly: UMUC SAT code 0551
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 (5652) and submit a qualifying test score (149) 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).
The Master of Arts in Teaching accepts applications for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
- Application Deadline: August 26
- Application Deadline: January 18
- Application Deadline: May 4
Please be advised that UMUC currently does not admit students residing in Kentucky into UMUC's Master of Arts in Teaching program unless approved on a case-by-case basis. UMUC students residing in Kentucky would not be permitted to complete the program's field and clinical requirements in Kentucky public or nonpublic schools. For more information about Kentucky licensure, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board's website. Please e-mail us for further information regarding UMUC's MAT program.
Department of Defense Schools
If a student resides in a state in which UMUC is not currently accepting students and the student is eligible to complete the program's field and clinical requirements at a Department of Defense Education Activity school, the student may e-mail us to discuss options for enrollment in the MAT program.
This program is designed to help prepare students to obtain initial certification as a teacher in Maryland in the field of secondary education in a specific subject area. Learn more about Maryland's requirements for initial licensure. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in their state. In particular, students seeking licensure in another state should confirm that the specific subject area they wish to pursue is available for licensure in that state.
Learn more about professional licensure and how to contact your state’s licensing board.
Yolonda Body is passionate about teaching. What's more, the curriculum and professors in her MAT program gave her the tools and confidence to accommodate her students' different learning styles. Yolonda is grateful that her UMUC degree helped her to find her life's purpose as an educator.
Awards & Recognition
- Best Buy: Online Masters in Education | Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education in Instructional Technology, and Master of Distance Education & E-Learning | GetEducated.com | 2014
- Best Buy: Online Masters in Teaching | Master of Arts in Teaching | GetEducated.com | 2014
- Partnership Award | Collaboration with a Dutch university to create a global community of practice, Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, EdD | University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Region | 2012
- Dissemination of Applied Research Award | Engaging Graduate Students to Publish Action Research on Educational Technology, Theo Stone, PhD | University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Region | 2012
- Best Buy | Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Distance Education and E-Learning, and Master of Education in Instructional Technology | GetEducated.com | 2011
The graduate education department at University of Maryland University College has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). This accreditation covers the Master of Arts in Teaching program for initial teacher preparation and 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.
This program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education as a professional education program leading to state teacher certification in the state of Maryland.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools
- Baltimore City Public Schools
- Baltimore County Public Schools
- Charles County Public Schools
- District of Columbia Public Schools
- Fairfax County Public Schools
- Howard County Public Schools
- Loudoun County Public School
- Montgomery County Public Schools
- Prince George's County Public Schools
- Washington County Public Schools
Graduation and Technology Requirements
Before beginning the professional internship, you must pass a content assessment. To graduate, you must also complete a performance-based teaching portfolio and student learning objectives project and register for the Praxis II pedagogy exam.
As a degree-seeking student in the Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education in Instructional Technology or as a certificate-seeking student in the Instructional Technology Integration Certificate program, you are 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. The subscription is good for seven years. UMUC faculty members also provide Tk20 training.
Program transition points exist to ensure candidate progress and meet candidate needs in a timely manner. Transition points enable analysis of program progression and enable graduation projection and determinations of eligibility. In order for candidates to pass through transition points, they must meet the following criteria.
MAT Program Entry
- Apply to UMUC and meet graduate admissions requirements and the additional program admission requirements listed on this page.
- Be admitted to The Graduate School and to the MAT program.
- Complete a major in the content area for which certification will be sought and provide evidence of a 2.75 GPA in the major.
- Alternatively, and subject to UMUC approval, complete 30 credits in content-related courses and earn a 2.75 GPA in these courses.
- Earn Maryland-specified qualifying scores on the Praxis CORE, Praxis I, ACT, GRE, or SAT exams. Foreign language applicants must also submit scored on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, known as OPI, and Written Proficiency Test, known as WPT.
MAT Candidacy (after first course)
- Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be placed on probation.
- Complete UCSP 615.
MAT Entry to Internship
- Complete the first 24 credits in the program.
- Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be placed on probation.
- Pass the university-required content assessment, e.g., Praxis II Content Test.
MAT Eligibility for Graduation
- Meet all course requirements, including field and clinical experiences.
- Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Provide official evidence of Praxis II Pedagogy Test registration.
Fast-Track Your Degree
Get a Head Start on a Master of Arts in Teaching
Undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree from UMUC in an appropriate major (computer science, English, history, or social science, or a general studies degree with a minimum of a 30-credit specialization in social studies) and other students who have the appropriate coursework (including biology and mathematics coursework) can reduce the total coursework for the Master of Arts in Teaching by up to three courses for a total of 12 credits—two 6-credit courses and UCSP 615—and complete both degrees with a total of 138 credits of coursework. This accelerated program option allows you to take graduate-level coursework before you complete your undergraduate degree.
To be eligible for this accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching option, you must have completed the courses listed below before being accepted in The Graduate School.
- EDTP 500 instead of EDTP 600
- EDTP 535 instead of EDTP 635
These courses and UCSP 615 are the only courses eligible through this agreement. If you complete these courses with a grade of C, these credits apply toward the undergraduate degree only. If you complete these courses with a grade of B or above, the credits will be accepted by The Graduate School toward the completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching.
To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching, you must meet all program admission requirements, including content area GPA (2.75), and achieve qualifying scores on basic skills assessment(s). If you meet these requirements, you will need only 18 credits (three 6-credit courses) to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching. Time limits for degree completion apply to all applicants.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Program
A Master of Arts in Teaching is a graduate degree that can prepare you for initial certification as a public or private school classroom teacher.
UMUC's MAT degree prepares candidates for Maryland certification as a secondary school teacher (grades 7–12) in earth/space science, physics, English, mathematics, history, social studies, chemistry, biology, computer science, Spanish, French, German, or Mandarin Chinese.
If I am applying for UMUC's Master of Arts in Teaching, what will be my admission status if I have submitted everything but the qualifying scores on the Praxis CORE, Praxis I, ACT, GRE, or SAT? +
UMUC will not admit you until the qualifying scores are in your application package.
Scoring of Praxis I tests takes approximately 20 business days. If you are relying on a qualifying score on this test in order to gain full admission, you should take the Praxis I at least three weeks prior to the application deadline.
What is required for a UMUC student to successfully complete the Master of Arts in Teaching program? +
In order to graduate, Master of Arts in Teaching students are required to have:
- Completed all MAT courses, including all field experiences, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
- Achieved a passing score on the appropriate university-required content exam
- Registered for, or taken, the Praxis II pedagogy exam
- Completed a teaching portfolio, based upon the national and state principles and standards, and a Student Learning Objectives project
- Successfully completed a secondary school teaching internship and earned appropriate performance evaluations from a university field supervisor, cooperating/mentor teacher, and as appropriate, secondary school supervisory personnel
By completing UMUC's Master of Arts in Teaching—a Maryland state-approved program—you become eligible to apply to the Maryland State Department of Education for certification to teach in your chosen content area. The Maryland Standard Professional Certificate (known as SPC I) enables the certificate holder to teach in the state of Maryland. Students should refer to MSDE's certification requirement and process for more information.
Learn more about professional licensure in Maryland and other states.
What do I do if I want to apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching and I do not have a major in exactly the same area in which I'm seeking teaching certification? +
If you do not have a major in the content area you wish to pursue, you may still be admitted if you have completed 30 credits in content-related coursework. You can perform a self-assessment of your prior coursework to determine if you have the necessary 30 credits of coursework.
Use the following forms to help you analyze your transcripts and review the required standards for your preferred teaching specialty.
Transcript Review Forms
- Computer Science
- Earth and Space Sciences
- Mandarin Chinese
- Social Studies
Depending on how many courses are taken each semester (fall, spring, summer), you should be able to complete the degree within two years.
Should I apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching if I am interested in teaching elementary school or the earlier middle school grades? +
If you wish to teach pre-k to sixth grade, you will need to become certified in elementary education or early childhood education. The Maryland State Department of Education provides full details. The MAT prepares candidates to teach secondary grades, 7–12.
All of the Master of Arts in Teaching courses are offered online. However, all courses require in-school field experiences, and the last course includes a full-time, 80-day in-school internship.
As a classroom teacher, you will be teaching your own students biology, chemistry, computer science, earth/space science, English, history, mathematics, physics, social studies, Spanish, French, German, or Mandarin Chinese. Applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching must demonstrate that they know their content area. Achieving a 2.75 or greater in a major (or sufficient coursework in the content area and areas that are specifically related to the content area) provides evidence that you are ready to deepen and expand your knowledge and apply your existing knowledge to teaching others.
It is best to apply to the program as early as possible before the semester in which you'd like to enroll. This will give you enough time to send your transcript and fill out the forms. It will also give The Graduate School enough time to review your application materials and answer all of your questions.
Scoring of Praxis CORE tests takes approximately 20 business days. If you are relying on a qualifying score on this test (versus the other options) to gain full admission, you should take the Praxis CORE at least four weeks prior to the application deadline.
Please refer to Master of Arts in Teaching admission requirements for more information.