Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary: Certification in Grades 1-6
The Loyola MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) offers a course of study that is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified teachers who are responsive to the educational needs of diverse learners at the elementary level (grades 1 - 6).
The program has been designed with flexibility in mind. Whether you are a recent college graduate, experienced classroom teacher, or a career-changer following your inner passion, the MAT program offers the right combination of coursework, internship experiences, and individualized attention to help you reach your goals and achieve certification.
The elementary education program requires an undergraduate major in one of the four content areas (mathematics, science, English, or social studies, or another closely related area) and/or a well-rounded liberal arts background, including courses in science, mathematics, English, and social studies. Social studies includes economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. Completion of this program and satisfactory scores on the Praxis I (or equivalent) and Praxis II exams will lead to Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program is grounded in the guiding tenets of Loyola's education department: competence, conscience, and compassion and is influenced by the Jesuit educational philosophy which emphasizes academic excellence, reflective practice, and social justice in education. The MAT program offers a course of studies that is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified teachers who are responsive to the needs of diverse learners.
Recent college graduates and career changers will use the content knowledge obtained at the undergraduate level as a foundation for exploring educational pedagogy. Experienced teachers will gain even better understanding of the latest educational techniques and best practices. Students are encouraged to identify goals and then can work to achieve them in a learner-centered environment.
Most classes are offered in the late afternoon and early evening to balance various schedules. The program is available in both a part-time and full-time format to accommodate students who want to complete the program on a fast pace, as well as students who prefer to take a number of years to finish. Students may start the program in any of our three semesters fall, spring, or summer.
Program Requirements (38/39 credits)
- Child and Adolescent Development*
- Educational Psychology
- Introduction to Special Education
- Four MSDE-Required Reading Courses*
- Methods: Mathematics, Social Studies, Science
- Teacher Research and Inquiry
- Internships and Internship Seminar**
- Introduction to Educational Technology [Foundation Course]***
*Includes two-required field placements.
**Students participating in a Professional Growth Experience (PGE), a six credit option, will fulfill the internship requirement.
***This course can be waived through examination or prior coursework.
Loyola's MAT programs have been approved by NCATE and the Maryland State Department of Education using recognized state and national standards and include the Maryland approved reading courses.