Students wishing to obtain teacher certification may major in any field for which they have a passion and take courses as electives that are pre-requisites for our one-year, accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Students will earn a Bachelor’s Arts degree in their major during undergrad and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree upon completion of the MAT program.

Certification programs exist for elementary certification in grades one through six, and secondary English, math, social studies, biology, chemistry, physics, and theater for grades seven through twelve. Art, music, and foreign language majors may also certify in their disciplines for grades preK-12. It is also possible for an individual to add certification in early childhood education to the elementary certificate. All of the teacher certification programs available through this MAT degree have full program approval from the Maryland State Department of Education and lead to reciprocity for certification in a majority of other states.

Application Process

The MAT program begins in July and concludes in June of the following year.

The application includes:

  1. Submit the application, completed and signed, along with the required essay and reference forms, and $50.00 non-refundable fee to the Department of Educational Studies.
  2. Arrange with all institutions of higher education you have attended to have your official transcripts sent to the SMCM Department of Educational Studies. If you are a current St. Mary’s College of Maryland student completing an undergraduate degree, submit a transcript that includes your course work in progress for the fall term.
  3. Submit scores (or registration form) for one of the following tests to the Department of Educational Studies:
    • PRAXIS I pre-professional skills tests in reading, writing, and math
    • SAT
    • ACT
    • GRE

    Have these scores sent directly to SMCM from the Educational Testing Service. Please send scores to the Maryland State Department of Education.

  4. Using the MAT Reference Form Insert, you will need letters of recommendation sent to the Department of Educational Studies from the following:
    • Two faculty members who have taught you in upper-division courses in your major field.
    • Someone who has supervised you in interactions with children or young adults submit a general letter of recommendation.

    If it has been more than five years since you completed your undergraduate degree and you are unable to solicit such letters, please contact faculty in Educational Studies for other options.

    NOTE: Education faculty and staff do not write recommendations.

  5. Application and supporting documentation are due to the Department of Educational Studies by October 1. Admissions decision letters will be mailed by mid-December.
    • Late applications may be considered until April of the cohort year.

Application Deadlines

Applicants must complete an application and return it by mail to the Department of Educational Studies by October 1.

Individuals who submit the completed application by the deadline and who meet all the requirements for admission will be invited to participate in a group interview on campus. Any questions or comments should be directed to the Department of Educational Studies at 240-895-2018 or at at

Download the MAT Application (PDF ~288 KB)

Download the MAT Reference Form *Required* (PDF ~88 KB)

Visit the MAT Website