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2015 MAT Graduation

  • Saturday, June 6, 2014
  • 11:00 am 
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Master of Arts in Teaching: MAT Program

The Masterful Teacher: A Reflective Practitioner - Facilitating Achievement in Communities of Diverse Learners

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at St. Mary's College of Maryland is an integral part of the Educational Studies program, allowing students to receive their bachelor's degree, as well as their Masters, within 4-5 years! Our teacher certification program has full approval from the Maryland State Department of Education, and lead to reciprocity for certification in a majority of other states. Plus, the hiring rate for those who choose to teach is 100%! Our program completers also have a 100% pass rate on the PRAXIS II exams.

"My MAT experience was drastically different from my peers because I was taught how to build a community of support at my place of work...The MAT program at SMCM taught me how to foster relationships of support, which encourage me to become a better teacher." - Sarah Shipley, MAT 2012

The MAT program is a full-time, eleven month program requiring participants to be in local public schools from the beginning of the program. The mentor/cooperating teachers at the school sites provide support and expertise that will prepare the student to meet the challenge of the beginning teacher- translating theory into practice. The faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland believes that offering a certification program through an accredited MAT degree will allow its students to take full advantage of the rich undergraduate curriculum available at SMCM – to spend a semester abroad, to complete a double major, to take elective courses in many diverse areas, to try interdisciplinary courses – and then to be able to synthesize that richly textured content background with graduate courses in education so they can better serve their future students.

Certification programs exist for:

  • Elementary (grades 1-6)
  • Elementary with Early Childhood
  • Secondary (grades 7-12)
    • English
    • Math
    • Social Studies
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Theater
  • PreK-12:
    • Art
    • Music
    • Foreign Language (Spanish, French, German, Chinese)
MAT 2014 MRPs