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Master of Arts in Teaching

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Mount St. Mary's University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is unique because it is tailored for the prospective teacher who holds an undergraduate degree in a major other than education.

The MAT degree makes it possible to transition into teaching as a profession.

Admission Requirements

Individuals wishing to apply for admission into an MAT program must submit:

  • Completed application; Apply online

  • Nonrefundable $35 processing fee; Checks made payable to Mount St. Mary’s University

  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) from an accredited four-year institution

  • Two letters of recommendation; Download guidelines

  • Praxis CORE (or other equivalent such as SAT, GRE, GMAT). In addition, secondary candidates majoring in Spanish, German, French, social studies, math, or English must submit Maryland qualifying scores for Praxis II Content Knowledge.

  • Admission portfolio

All prospective MAT candidates also participate in an admission interview.

*For foreign language a writing sample and language proficiency interview are required.

When taking Praxis exams, please designate Mount St. Mary’s University (use college code 5421) as well as the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) (code R7403) as score recipients.

If the student plans to teach in a state other than Maryland, it is the student’s responsibility to research the specific certification requirements of that state.


Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed for admission into the programs on an ongoing basis. Graduate students may begin their studies at the start of the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Applications are available from the Education Department or online at

Application and supporting data should be directed to:

Graduate Programs in Education, School of Education and Human Services
Archbishop Borders Hall, Mount St. Mary’s University
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Phone: (301) 447-5371 | Fax: (301) 447-7405

Program Details

This 36 credit program is unique in that it provides an educational foundation for a professional to transition into the teaching career.

M.A.T. programs include certifications in one of the following areas:

  • Art Education

  • Elementary Education (grades 1-6)

  • Elementary/Special Education

  • Music Education

  • Secondary Education (grades 7-12)

Students are responsible for ensuring that all of the following graduation requirements have been satisfied:

  • Completion of 36 graduate hours: including core courses, electives and independent research

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

  • Completion of course work within the five-year time limit

Requests for time extensions must be submitted in writing and may be granted at the sole discretion of the program director. No foreign language or comprehensive examination is required.

The program also requires two internship placements. Internship I requires 20 days in classroom. Internship II requires a 15-week semester of student teaching.

Applications are accepted year-round. Classes begin in spring, summer, and fall.

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