FAQs about the MAT

A program leading to teacher certification.

What content areas does Loyola offer for Teacher Certification?*

Elementary Education (grades 1-6) - 38/39 credits (includes two 20-hour field experiences for students)

Secondary Education (grades 7-12): biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, earth/space science, physics, or social studies – 34/35 credits (includes two 20-hour field experiences for students) 

Secondary Education (grades PreK-12):  art, French, music vocal/instrumental, or Spanish
(includes two 20-hour field experiences for students)

Internship I consists of student teaching one day or two mornings a week for a semester and Internship II consists of student teaching for five days a week for a semester plus a seminar.

*This program includes a one credit technology course which can be waived through exam or prior coursework.

If I am already a full time teacher, will I complete the student teaching internship?

A Professional Growth Experience (PGE) is available for full time teachers who currently teach in the area in which they are seeking teacher certification and teach within a designated commuting time from the Baltimore campus. The supervised student teaching experience occurs within your current teaching position over the course of two semesters. There is a required seminar during both PGE I and PGE II.

What are the admission requirements?

Visit the apply page for a full list of admission requirements.

For more information on Praxis exams, please visit Educational Testing Service website at www.ets.org/. Follow the Maryland testing requirements. (Request for test results sent to Loyola CEEB Code: 5370).

For more information on Spanish exams, please visit http://www.languagetesting.com/acad_md1.cfm

What are the undergraduate course requirements? 

The Elementary Education program requires a major in one of these four content areas (math, 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. For the Secondary Education Program, an undergraduate major (or 27-30 credits) in the content area in which the aspiring teaching is seeking certification (art, biology, chemistry, earth/space science, French, music  vocal/instrumental, physics, English, Spanish, mathematics or social studies) is required. Social studies certification includes majors in economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

What is the cost for the program?

$525 per credit for Academic Year 2014-15 (Summer 2014-Spring 2015). This tuition is all inclusive with the exception of a $25 registration fee per semester, $200 Internship/Professional Growth Experience II placement fee and a $150 MAT graduation fee.

Is there any financial aid assistance available?

Yes, Loyola works with numerous financial aid programs to assist students with their educational expenses. To learn more about scholarships, loans, and other financing options, please contact office of graduate financial aid at 410-617-5205 (toll-free: 800-221-9107, ext. 5205) or visit our financial aid section.

When are the classes offered? Is this a part-time program? Can it be taken on a full-time basis?

Most classes are offered at either at 4:30 p.m. (or 4:20 p.m.) or at 7:05 p.m. Most students attend classes on a part-time basis and continue working during the day. However, you are able to take these classes on a full-time basis. A full-time student registers for at least nine credits during the fall and spring semesters and six credits during the summer semester.

Where are the classes offered?

The majority of classes are offered in Timonium and Columbia Graduate Centers. A small number of course are offered on our Baltimore campus.

How do I contact the office of graduate admission?

Graduate Admission general line: 410-617-5020 (toll-free: 800-221-9107, ext. 5020)
Open House Information Line: 410-617-5335
Email: graduate@loyola.edu

Please direct any questions on the application process to Katlyn Good in Office of Graduate Admission on kegood@loyola.edu or 410-617-1633

Online application or download application

For a full list of admission requirements and a link to the application, visit the apply page.

Students must apply first and wait for an acceptance letter, then meet with the MAT advisor before registering for classes.

More MAT Program Information

Contact Liz Trimmer, MAT advisor, at 410-617-5376 or etrimmer@loyola.edu

What does Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) require for certification?

  1. Praxis I: PPST or Praxis Core (equivalent exams apply to both)
    (Please refer to http://www.loyola.edu/soe/apply for specific admission exams).
  2. Complete an approved teacher certification program at Loyola University Maryland
  3. Practical teaching experience (2 semesters)

The Master of Arts in Teaching program has been approved by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Maryland State Department of Education using recognized state and national standards and include the Maryland approved reading courses.