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Online Master of Arts in Teaching

Become a Certified Teacher with a Program for Career Changers

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

Designed for the Working Adult

Courses are offered year-round in an online synchronous format. Class schedules do not compete with work schedules; however, field and internship requirements may require teacher candidates to take time off from work.

School of Education

The Online 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

Complemented by a liberal arts education in a Catholic setting, the teacher education unit of Mount St. Mary’s University develops educators who are proficient in content and pedagogy, reflective, and ethical professionals dedicated to leadership in an increasingly diverse technological and global society.

Programs culminate in the earning of a Mount St. Mary’s degree. As all Mount education programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), successful completion of all program requirements leads to eligibility for certification to teach in Maryland and states with reciprocity agreements with the MSDE. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study. Teacher education programs are accredited through the Association for Advancing Quality Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

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

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Elementary Education

Content areas include:

  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education / Special Education
  • Elementary Education / Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education / Special Education / Early Childhood Education
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Secondary Education

Content areas include:

  • Biology
  • Business
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

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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About Elementary Education

The elementary education (1-6) program equips you to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science skillfully and effectively to students with a variety of learning needs in grades 1-6. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to implement the strategies you have developed in authentic classroom situations.

Want to see a full listing of all Master of Education Elementary Education courses?

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About Special Education

The elementary (1-6)/special (1-8) education program equips you to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science skillfully and effectively to students with a variety of learning needs in grades 1-6, as well as general special education in grades 1-8. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to implement the strategies you have developed in authentic classroom situations.

Want to see a full listing of all Master of Education Special Education courses?

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About Early Childhood Education

The elementary (1-6)/early childhood (PreK-3) education program equips you to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science skillfully and effectively to students with a variety of learning needs in grades PreK-6. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to implement the strategies you have developed in authentic classroom situations.

Want to see a full listing of all Master of Education Early Childhood Education courses?

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About Special Education / Early Childhood Education

The elementary (1-6)/special (1-8)/early childhood (PreK-3) education program equips you to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science skillfully and effectively to students with a variety of learning needs in grades PreK-6, as well as general special education in grades 1-8. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to implement the strategies you have developed in authentic classroom situations.

Want to see a full listing of all Master of Education Special Education / Early Childhood Education courses?

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About Secondary Education

The secondary education (7-12) program is designed for those who hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking an initial Maryland teaching certification. The content areas include business education, English, mathematics, social studies, and biology.

Want to see a full listing of all Master of Education Secondary Education courses?

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About P-12 Education

The P-12 education (P-12) program is designed for those who hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking an initial Maryland teaching certification. The content areas include art, music, French, and Spanish.

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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

All initial and advanced education programs in the School of Education are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and are nationally accredited with commendations by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Find out more about accreditation.

Get in-depth details on registration, policies, transferring credits and articulation agreements in our Academic Catalog.

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Affordability & Financial Aid

  • 2023-24 tuition rates effective July 1, 2023 - $600 per credit, plus additional internship I and II lab fees ($275 and $350).*
  • 2024-25 tuition rates effective July 1, 2024 - $610 per credit, plus additional internship I and II lab fees ($280 and $360).*
  • No application fee.
  • Students may transfer in up to nine (9) graduate credits.
  • Financial assistance may be available through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

*Tuition is subject to change without notice. MAT programs require between 40-55 credits. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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 Online 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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Questions?

For questions about the Master of Arts in Teaching program, contact:

Brandi Weddle
MAT Admissions Coordinator
School of Education
b.n.weddle@msmary.edu

Graduate Education Programs Archbishop Borders Hall 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road Emmitsburg, MD 21727 b.n.weddle@msmary.edu

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