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Paths to the MAT


As a proud St. Mary’s alumna and as the current Chair of the Department Educational Studies, I’m thrilled to know that you’re interested in becoming a teacher. St. Mary’s has had some form of teacher education since the 1970s, and we have a strong hire rate for our graduates.  In fact, graduates of our education program have had a 100% hire rate for the last two years!

You can choose your own path through our education program.

  • If your math and critical reading scores on the SAT are 1100 or above (24 for ACT), your GPA is at least 3.25, and you have some AP or college credits, you can apply for our fast track program and complete your bachelor’s degree, your teaching certificate and our MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degree in just 4 years with our 3+1 Path— the time most people spend just graduating from college!
  • We also have a 4+1 Path, where you graduate from St. Mary’s in 4 years and spend an additional MAT year on our beautiful campus.
  • If you are a transfer student with enough credits, you can complete your bachelor's degree and our MAT with our 2+1 Path

At St. Mary’s, you major in what you want to teach.  

  • If you’re interested in teaching at the elementary level, this means you can major in any field you like, and along the way, take the courses you need to be a strong teacher.  
  • If you see yourself teaching in a secondary or K-12 classroom, you major in the subject area you want to teach—English; history, political science or economics (for social studies), math, physics, chemistry or biochemistry (for chemistry), biology, French, German, Chinese, Spanish, art, theater, or music. 

Either way, we prepare you with the teaching, research and technology skills you need to be an outstanding teacher, and complete a year-long internship in local public schools under the mentorship of an experienced classroom teacher.  You also have the option to spend five weeks teaching in Costa Rica, Slovenia, Sweden, The Gambia, Baltimore City or a California charter school to help expand your knowledge base and skill set of good teaching.  

When you graduate from our program,  you will have earned a certification that is recognized in 35+ other states.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions.  Please also visit our Facebook page for more information and our webpages, including advising resources that can help you better understand and plan the path to your own classroom.

Kind regards,

Katy Arnett     Katy Arnett, SMCM ’00, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor & Chair