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Teaching (MAT)


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree offers an alternative route to teacher certification in the state of Maryland that prepares highly qualified teachers to make a difference in the lives of their students. MAT program graduates are prepared to seek certification eligibility in teaching content areas approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The program is a Maryland-approved Program (MAP) through the MDSE and meets the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards.

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Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching will learn the skills needed to be a highly effective professional educator. You will:

  • Gain a foundation in cognitive psychology to understand how people learn
  • Use developmental psychology from early childhood to adolescence to understand when students are ready to learn at various stages of mental and physical growth and maturity
  • Apply and research effective pedagogy to improve their teaching and raise their level of quality and effectiveness
  • Develop knowledge of contemporary issues in education to assist in making ethical decisions in the school setting
  • Become proficient in curriculum development that relates to standards and technology that impact on society
  • Practice action research skills to enhance methodology skills