Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary: Certification in Grades 7-12 or PK-12

The Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary 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 secondary level.

Prerequisites

An undergraduate major (or 27-30 sufficient 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.

MAT Secondary Certification Areas (Grades 7-12)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/space science
  • Physics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies

Social studies certification includes majors in economics, geography, government, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. It is necessary to have at least 15 credits in history.

MAT Secondary Certification Areas (Grades PK-12)

  • Art
  • French
  • Music vocal/instrumental
  • Spanish

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

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.

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

Degree Requirements

The Loyola MAT in Secondary Education requires 34 credit hours. All courses are three credits, unless indicated otherwise.

Core Courses (12 credits)
SE 761 Introduction to Special Education
TE 600 Foundations of Education*
TE 603 Learning Sciences
TE 670 Teacher Research and Inquiry

Required Reading Course (3 credit)
RE 733 Teaching Reading in the Content Area I

Pedagogy/ Practical Courses (19 credits)
TE 612 Secondary Methods of Teaching* (3 credits)
Electives One in Education or Liberal Studies programs AND one in Education (6 credits)
TE604 - TE611 Methods of Teaching in the Certification Area - 604 (English), 605 (Social Studies), 606  (Science), 607 (Math) or 609 (Foreign Language), 610 (Art ), 611 (Music) (3 credits)
TE641 Internship II Seminar Elementary/Middle/Secondary (1 credit)
TE645 - TE652 Internship I in the Certification Area (1 credit) - 645 (Art), 646 (Music), 647 (French), 648 (Spanish), 649 (English), 650 (Social Studies), 651 (Science), 652 (Mathematics) Please note: students in Earth/space Science, Chemistry and Physics certification areas take TE651. (1 credit)
TE653 - TE660 Internship II in the Certification Area (5 credits) - 653 (English), 654 (Social Studies), 655 (Science), 656 (Mathematics), 657 (Spanish), 658 (French), 659 (Art), 660 (Music) Please note:  students in Earth/space Science, Chemistry and Physics certification areas take TE655. (5 credits)

*Includes a 20-hour field experience.

Program Outcomes

Completion of this program and satisfactory scores on the Praxis CORE (or equivalent) and Praxis II exams (ACTFL exams for French and Spanish) will lead to Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification. Art, French, music vocal/instrumental, and Spanish apply to grades PK-12 and other certification areas apply to grades 7-12.