Teaching (MAT)

MA

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an initial teaching certification program that prepares those with non-education related bachelor's degrees to become certified teachers. The curriculum provides comprehensive preparation including theories of behavior and learning styles, effective models of teaching, classroom management strategies, and analysis of student data to inform instructional practice.

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MAT Certification Programs 

  • Art (PreK-12)
  • Music (PreK-12)
  • World Languages (PreK-12)
  • Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)
  • Elementary Education (1-6)
  • Special Education (1-8 or 6-Adult)
  • Secondary Education (7-12) in the following content areas:
    • Business
    • Computer Studies
    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Theatre

To satisfy state certification requirements, candidates must successfully complete the coursework, internship, ePortfolio and Praxis II exams in the area of certification. During the internship semester, candidates will complete an edTPA portfolio to be submitted for national scoring. Certain certification areas also have prerequisite course requirements specific to that content area. If you are interested in one or more of the above areas for certification but are not sure if your educational background meets the prerequisite requirements, you may contact enrollment manager Lindsey Robinson at lrobinson@ndm.edu to have your transcripts reviewed prior to the application process.

Dual Certifications

Unlike many other teacher preparation programs, many of our program completers are certified in multiple content areas.

Dual or multiple certifications also increase the marketability of our graduates, furthering opportunities for meaningful employment.

Types of Dual Certifications Available

  • Art/Music/World Languages and Special Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Elementary Education and Special Education
  • Secondary Education and Special Education

Additional Study Options

Faculty

Certification in Art/Music/World Languages

Required Courses

EDU 519 - Human Development and Learning
EDU 556 - Technology for Instruction and Management
SPE 526 - Special Education for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 604 - Analytic, Reflective and Research Seminar OR EDU 543 - Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research
EDU 552 - Global Perspectives in Education
EDU 544 - Educational Assessment
EDU 580 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas Part I
EDU 551 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas Part II
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education

Select One Methods of Teaching in Secondary School Course

EDU-530 - Art
EDU-532 - World Language

Note: A methods course for music candidates will be chosen in collaboration with an academic advisor.

Internship Requirements (Select One)

EDU 605 - Internship: Teaching Art OR
EDU 601 - Internship: Teaching in Secondary School (music and world languages)

Certification in Early Childhood Education

Required Courses

EDU 519 - Human Development and Learning
EDU 556 - Technology for Instruction and Management
SPE 526 - Special Education for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 604 - Analytic, Reflective and Research Seminar OR EDU 543 - Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research
EDU 509 - Processes and Acquisition of Reading
EDU 510 - Elementary Reading Materials
EDU 511 - Assessment of Reading
EDU 542 - Instruction in Reading
EDU 592 - Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDU 515 - Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood Education
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education

Internship Requirements

EDU 603 - Internship: Early Childhood
EDU 602 - Internship: Teaching in the Elementary School (required for dual certification with elementary education)

Certification in Elementary Education

Required Courses

EDU 519 - Human Development and Learning
EDU 556 - Technology for Instruction and Management
SPE 526 - Special Education for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 604 - Analytic, Reflective and Research Seminar OR EDU 543 - Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research
EDU 509 - Processes and Acquisition of Reading
EDU 510 - Elementary Reading Materials
EDU 511 - Assessment of Reading
EDU 542 - Instruction in Reading
EDU 513 - Science and Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDU 592 - Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education

Internship Requirements

EDU 602 - Internship: Teaching in the Elementary School

Certification in Secondary Education

Required Courses

EDU 519 - Human Development and Learning
EDU 556 - Technology for Instruction and Management
SPE 526 - Special Education for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 604 - Analytic, Reflective and Research Seminar OR EDU 543 - Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research
EDU 552 - Global Perspectives in Education
EDU 544 - Educational Assessment
EDU 580 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas Part I
EDU 551 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas Part II
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education

Select One Methods of Teaching in Secondary School Course

EDU 531 - English
EDU 533 - Mathematics
EDU 537 - Science
EDU 539 - Social Studies

Note: A methods course for business, computer science, and theatre candidates will be chosen in collaboration with an academic advisor.

Internship Requirements (Select One)

EDU 601 - Internship: Teaching in Secondary School

Certification in Special Education Grades 1-8

Required Courses

EDU 519 - Human Development and Learning
EDU 556 - Technology for Instruction and Management
SPE 526 - Special Education for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 604 - Analytic, Reflective and Research Seminar OR EDU 543 - Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research
EDU 509 - Processes and Acquisition of Reading
EDU 510 - Elementary Reading Materials
EDU 511 - Assessment of Reading
EDU 542 - Instruction in Reading
EDU 592 - Mathematics in the Elementary School (required for dual certification with elementary education)
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education
SPE 544 - Special Education Assessment
SPE 546 - Methods of Teaching Students with Special Needs
SPE 570 - Individualizing the Curriculum: Strategies for Holistic Intervention
SPE 576 - Communication Skills for the School-based Professional

Internship Requirements

SPE 601 - Internship:  Teaching in Special Education
EDU 602 - Internship: Teaching in the Elementary School (required for dual certification with elementary education)

Certification in Special Education Grades 6-Adult

Required Courses

EDU 519 - Human Development and Learning
EDU 556 - Technology for Instruction and Management
SPE 526 - Special Education for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 604 - Analytic, Reflective and Research Seminar OR EDU 543 - Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research
EDU 53(_) - Methods of Teaching in Secondary School (required if pursuing a dual certification in special education and a secondary content area – take the course matching the content area)
EDU 580 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas Part I
EDU 551 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas Part II
EDU 583 - Special Topics in Mathematics Education
SPE 543 - Special Education Assessment
SPE 546 - Methods of Teaching Students with Special Needs
SPE 571 - Vocational Skills
SPE 576 - Communication Skills for the School-based Professional

Internship Requirements

SPE 601 - Internship: Teaching in Special Education
EDU 601 - Internship: Teaching in Secondary School (required for dual certification with secondary education)

Student Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will be able to:

  1. Use the knowledge of students to inform your teaching practice.
  2. Plan assessments to monitor and support student learning
  3. Demonstrate skill in checking for student understanding and using feedback to assess
  4. Utilize formative and summative assessments to inform your instructional practice
  5. Deepen student learning by providing scaffolded opportunities for higher level, deeper learning.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Pass all national testing requirements, as applicable, achieving a 100% pass rate for NDMU.
  2. Enhance career and professional development opportunities for employment pathways in the profession, e.g., elementary or secondary education teacher, highly qualified with a dual or triple certification, professional developer, preparation for teaching in higher education, etc. 
  3. Document an ability to design a thorough lesson plan that addresses the needs of all students and which provides for both formative and summative measurable student outcomes.
  4. Utilize classroom management skills to effectively engage students and maximize learning opportunities for all students.

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

With award-winning teacher certification programs nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, you can expect to benefit from small class sizes, expert faculty, and practical field experiences.

Flexible Class Schedules

Work with an advisor to develop a personalized program plan: 

  • Courses offered in the evenings at times convenient for working adults.
  • Occasional courses available on Saturdays or online.

Internship Opportunities

As part of the program requirements, you will complete a one year internship taken at the end of the program which includes a part-time observation experience during the fall and a full-time student teaching experience in the spring.

​During the internship year, you will receive support from a mentor teacher and an internship supervisor. 

Education Careers

Graduates of NDMU are highly recruited for employment; we partner with local school systems to help our students navigate the hiring process.

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Maryland Teacher Shortage Areas

Notre Dame offers more programs in critical shortage areas (PDF) than any other institution in Maryland. By providing programs in these much-needed areas, we help our local schools systems find new teachers and our graduates find teaching jobs.

For the 2017-2018 school year, the declared critical shortage areas are:

  • Family and Consumer Sciences, Technology Education (not offered at NDMU)
  • Computer Science (Grades 7–12)
  • English (Grades 7–12)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (Pre-K–Grade 12)
  • Mathematics (Grades 7–12)
  • Middle School Education in English, Math, Science and Social Studies (Grades 4-9)
  • Science Areas (Grades 7–12) Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, Physics
  • Special Education Areas Generic: Elementary (Grades 1-8) and Secondary/Adult (Grade 6–Adult)
  • World Language Areas (Pre-K–Grade 12) French, Spanish
  • Art (Pre-K–Grade 12)
  • Dance (not offered at NDMU)