Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary: Certification in Grades 1-6

The Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Grades 1-6 program is for individuals seeking initial teacher certification. The course of study is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified teachers who are responsive to the educational needs of diverse learners at the elementary level (grades 1-6).

Prerequisites

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 include economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The elementary education student must have a minimum of:

  • English – 9 credits which includes one English Literature course
  • Math – 9 credits which includes one statistics course
  • Social Studies – minimum of 9 credits which includes one history course
  • Science – 10 credits which includes one science with a lab course

Completion of this program and satisfactory scores on the Praxis CORE (or equivalent) and Praxis II exams will lead to Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification.

Transcript Analysis

A transcript analysis determines the content area prerequisites you may be required to complete in addition to MAT program course work. While an analysis can be completed when application materials are received, priori completion of the analysis allows for a quicker admissions decision.

Under provisional acceptance, elementary students who are missing up to three of the above undergraduate courses may start the program. These courses are taken outside of Loyola and must be completed by:

  • 1 course Complete within the end of the first semester
  • 2-3 courses Complete within the end of the second semester

Please send an official or unofficial copy of your transcripts from all two- and four-year colleges/universities you have attended to educationdean1@loyola.edu.  

*Restrictions may apply to those applying to the Full-Time One-Year program.

Program Pathways

Program Outcomes

Completion of this program and satisfactory scores on the Praxis CORE (or equivalent) and Praxis II exams will lead to elementary education (grades 1-6) certification by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).