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Students in a classroom with a teacher from the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Mount St. Mary's University

Master of Arts in Teaching

Become a Certified Teacher with a Program for Career Changers

Mount St. Mary’s University is home to one of Maryland’s only part-time, on-campus Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Balance your current career while you pursue your passion to teach.

School of Education

The Master of Arts in teaching degree is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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About the program.

At the conclusion of your coursework you will be eligible for teaching certification in Maryland. You will also gain hands-on teaching experience during two internships.

The Mount’s program is designed for working adults. Courses are offered one night per week during the academic year and two nights per week during the summer at campuses in Frederick and Emmitsburg. Students can also remote into our classrooms and several courses are online.

The Mount offers NCATE accredited certification tracks in the areas of:

Discover your best path forward by meeting with a program advisor for a detailed transcript analysis. Request information to get connected.

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jamie hendi

I had been working in the for-profit legal world for a long time and my work lost meaning for me. I needed to pursue something more fulfilling… make a difference… so I enrolled in the Mount’s MAT program and did a complete career switch.

Jamie Sacks Hendi, MAT'12

Affordability & Financial Aid

  • $600 - Total cost per credit.*
  • Additional internship I and II lab fees ($275 and $350).*
  • Students may transfer in up to nine (9) graduate credits.
  • No application fee.

*Tuition represents 2023-24 rates, effective July 1, 2023. Tuition is subject to change without notice. MAT programs require between 40-55 credits.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local school systems, businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college. Learn more about Graduate Student Financial Aid at the Mount.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Admissions & Application

The MAT is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Education and are seeking a master’s degree with certification to teach.

Students learn how to teach, not what to teach. Therefore, the program requires you demonstrate significant content knowledge in the area of certification being pursued.

  • Classes begin: January, May, June, July, August.
  • Admissions: Rolling.
  • No application fee.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited four-year institutions attended after high school
  • Prerequisites may be required
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For questions about the Master of Arts in Teaching program, contact:

Brandi Weddle
MAT Admissions Coordinator
School of Education

Graduate Education Programs Archbishop Borders Hall 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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