Teaching (MAT in 10 Months)


The Master of Arts in Teaching/Graduate Education Internship program is a full-time initial certification program that allows you to earn your master’s degree and teaching certification in 10 months.

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Program Locations

Maryland Certifications

  • 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 Science
    • 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. 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, most of our program completers are certified in two 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
  • Elementary Education and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Secondary Education and Special Education
  • Secondary Education and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)


Student Outcomes

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

  1. Use the knowledge of students to inform their 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 their 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.

Cohort Model

Attend classes and learn with the same group of students throughout the duration of the program (July through May).

Most general education requirements are taken in the afternoons, and courses specific to students' certification area(s) are taken in the evenings and/or on Saturdays.

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What’s next: Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Alum, NDMU Class of 2018 Special Education (Post-Master's Certification), Teaching (MAT in 10 Months), Art

Notre Dame provided me with the tools, experience, and knowledge of special education and differentiation necessary to meet the needs of all students. I look forward to being able to serve my community, the one I grew up in, as a teacher. I hope to inspire students to love art.

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Internship Opportunities

  • 20 hours/week in the fall semester, full-time in the spring semester
  • Conducted under the supervision of a mentor teacher
  • Placements in public schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Anne Arundel County

Education Careers

Graduates of NDMU are highly recruited for employment; we partner with local school systems to help our students navigate the hiring process. 100% of graduates from the past three GEI cohorts received job offers in the field of teaching.

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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. There are federal and state grants available to MAT candidates who plan to teach in a critical shortage area and meet certain qualifications.

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)