Start your career off right with a flexible teaching master's degree that prepares you for certification and classroom success.

In the Master of Arts in Teaching program at University of Maryland University College, you'll learn the latest teaching strategies and gain the experience you need to enter the field of secondary education with confidence. Develop skills in teaching to diverse student bodies, integrating technology in the classroom, and responding to varying learning styles in a wide range of secondary school environments.

This program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree who want to earn secondary teaching certification in earth/space science, physics, English, mathematics, history, social studies, chemistry, biology, computer science, Spanish, French, German, or Mandarin Chinese. Certification and state authorization information is available in Additional Information, below.

Whether you're new to teaching, retiring from a previous profession, relocating, returning to the workforce, teaching overseas, or simply seeking a second career that builds on previous study, we'll help you prepare for a rewarding career as an educator.

About the Master of Arts in Teaching

MAT courses, developed in conjunction with school districts, feature the latest theory in pedagogy and clinical practice.

The MAT program is a clinically based teacher preparation program. Every course in the MAT program includes required field experience components in which students develop and practice their knowledge, skills, and dispositions for working effectively with diverse learners. Students in the MAT program may work with secondary students in a variety of settings, including conventional and distance-learning classrooms; urban, suburban, and rural schools; and learning communities that offer cultural, ethnic, language, and socioeconomic diversity. The program requires students to complete and document field experiences in diverse settings.

You will be responsible for following MAT procedures for arranging and conducting field experiences within the school districts of your choice. States and local school districts have varying regulations and policies regarding placement for field experiences and student teaching. 

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design and deliver instructional plans
  • Manage a middle or high school classroom
  • Assess student learning
  • Use technology to maximize student learning
  • Differentiate teaching methods
  • Teach secondary students in a variety of settings, including conventional and distance-learning classrooms; urban, suburban, and rural schools; and learning communities that have cultural, ethnic, language, and socioeconomic diversity

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Collaborate with a mentor teacher in the field to determine a target outcome for a group of students, then develop a strategy for achieving the target, carry out the initiative, and measure the results
  • Conduct an observation in an inclusion classroom (grades K–12) to identify and describe developmentally appropriate practices that work effectively with adolescent learners and identify and describe classroom management procedures that are effective with adolescent students
  • Complete an internship of 80 in-school days (approximately 17 calendar weeks). This commitment is an on-site, full-time experience achieved over the course of one semester under the supervision of a mentor teacher who is certified in a content area

Master of Arts in Teaching Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.


Core Courses

  • EDTP 600
  • EDTP 635
  • EDTP 639
  • EDTP 645
  • EDTP 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • Courses should be taken in the order listed.
  • EDTP 600 and EDTP 635 must be taken before EDTP 639 and may be taken together.
  • EDTP 639 and EDTP 645 must be completed before EDTP 650 and may be taken together.

Other Requirements

  • You must pass the university-required content assessment prior to the student teaching internship and register for the Praxis II pedagogy exam prior to graduation.
  • You must successfully complete a performance-based teaching portfolio and student learning objectives project.
  • The Content Mastery Policy requires that you earn at least 80 percent (grade of B) on major assignments, called Key Assessments, which are required before specific transition points in the MAT program.
  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Program Admission Requirements

You must meet the following criteria: 

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed a major in the content area for which certification will be sought (alternatively, and subject to UMUC approval, you can complete 30 credits in content-related courses)
  • Attained a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in content area coursework
  • Submitted an official transcript analysis of previous coursework
  • Earned a qualifying composite score on the Praxis CORE Assessment test, or alternatively a qualifying composite score on the Praxis I, SAT, ACT, or GRE. Titles and qualifying scores for these exams can be found at the Maryland State Department of Education 
  • Foreign language applicants must also submit scores on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Written Proficiency Test 
Transcript Notes

Once we receive your application, transcripts, and test scores, we will notify you if you meet the admission criteria.

You must include official transcripts from your undergraduate degree-granting institution and any additional official transcripts from any graduate courses taken or graduate programs completed. The transcripts must be in their original sealed envelopes.

Although UMUC's Education Department makes the final determination regarding admission, you are encouraged to perform a self-assessment of your transcript. Use the following forms to help you analyze your transcripts and review the required standards for your preferred teaching specialty.

Transcript Review Forms

Teaching Standards

Basic Skills Test Scores

If you have already taken the Praxis Core, Praxis 1, GRE, SAT, or ACT exams, have your test scores sent directly to

UMUC Graduate Admissions
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, MD 20783

Applicants who will be taking the Praxis exams should use the following code to send their transcripts directly: UMUC Praxis code RA5406

Applicants who will be submitting a copy of their SAT exam should use the following code to send their transcripts directly: UMUC SAT code 0551

Computer Science Applicants

Applicants looking to teach computer science who possess a degree or coursework older than five years must take the Praxis II content exam for computer science (5651) and submit a qualifying test score (171) to apply to the MAT program, in addition to submitting a qualifying test score on any one of the Maryland basic skills tests (see item #4).

MAT Application Deadlines

The Master of Arts in Teaching accepts applications for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  • Fall
    • Application Deadline: August 26
  • Spring
    • Application Deadline: January 18
  • Summer
    • Application Deadline: May 4

Fast Track Your Degree

Social Science Bachelor's Degree to Master of Arts in Teaching

Save 12 credits.

If you graduated from UMUC with a Social Science Bachelor's Degree, you could be eligible to fast-track your Teaching.

Here's how it works:

  • EDTP 500 counts as 6 credits and fulfills the requirement for EDTP 600.
  • EDTP 535 counts as 6 credits and fulfills the requirement for EDTP 635.


To be eligible, you must have completed these courses before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses.

You must have completed these courses no more than four years before beginning your graduate studies. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Courses must have been taken at UMUC. Transfer credits are not accepted.

Computer Science Bachelor's Degree to Master of Arts in Teaching

Save 12 credits.

If you graduated from UMUC with a Computer Science Bachelor's Degree, you could be eligible to fast-track your Teaching.

Here's how it works:

  • EDTP 500 counts as 6 credits and fulfills the requirement for EDTP 600.
  • EDTP 535 counts as 6 credits and fulfills the requirement for EDTP 635.


To be eligible, you must have completed these courses before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses.

You must have completed these courses no more than four years before beginning your graduate studies. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Courses must have been taken at UMUC. Transfer credits are not accepted.

History Bachelor's Degree to Master of Arts in Teaching

Save 12 credits.

If you graduated from UMUC with a History Bachelor's Degree, you could be eligible to fast-track your Teaching.

Here's how it works:

  • EDTP 500 counts as 6 credits and fulfills the requirement for EDTP 600.
  • EDTP 535 counts as 6 credits and fulfills the requirement for EDTP 635.


To be eligible, you must have completed these courses before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses.

You must have completed these courses no more than four years before beginning your graduate studies. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Courses must have been taken at UMUC. Transfer credits are not accepted.

English Bachelor's Degree to Master of Arts in Teaching

Save 12 credits.

If you graduated from UMUC with an English Bachelor's Degree, you could be eligible to fast-track your Teaching.

Here's how it works:

  • EDTP 500 counts as 6 credits and fulfills the requirement for EDTP 600.
  • EDTP 535 counts as 6 credits and fulfills the requirement for EDTP 635.


To be eligible, you must have completed these courses before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses.

You must have completed these courses no more than four years before beginning your graduate studies. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Courses must have been taken at UMUC. Transfer credits are not accepted.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Best Buy: Online Masters in Education | Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education in Instructional Technology, and Master of Distance Education & E-Learning | GetEducated.com | 2014
  • Partnership Award | Collaboration with a Dutch university to create a global community of practice, Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, EdD | University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Region | 2012
  • Dissemination of Applied Research Award | Engaging Graduate Students to Publish Action Research on Educational Technology, Theo Stone, PhD | University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Region | 2012
  • Best Buy | Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Distance Education and E-Learning, and Master of Education in Instructional Technology | GetEducated.com | 2011

Program Accreditation

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)The graduate education department at University of Maryland University College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers the Master of Arts in Teaching program for initial teacher preparation and Master of Education in instructional technology program at UMUC. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

This program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland State Department of Education as a professional education program leading to state teacher certification.

Additional Information

Graduation and Technology Requirements

Graduation Requirements

You must pass the university required content assessment prior to the student teaching internship and register for the Praxis II pedagogy exam prior to graduation. You must provide evidence of passing the university required content assessment and registering for the Praxis II pedagogy exam. Additionally, you must successfully complete a performance-based teaching portfolio and student learning objective project.

Technology Requirements

As a degree-seeking student in the Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education in Instructional Technology or as a certificate-seeking student in the Instructional Technology Integration Certificate program, you are required to purchase a one-time $100 subscription to Tk20 HigherEd before your first class begins. This is a comprehensive assessment and management system, which will support all students and programs within the department. The subscription is good for seven years. UMUC faculty members also provide Tk20 training.


State-Specific Details

Maryland Certification

Upon successful completion of the program, you'll be recommended for Maryland Teaching Certification in a specific subject area, including

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth/space science
  • English
  • Foreign language (Spanish, French, German, or Mandarin Chinese)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social studies

If you are interested in teaching in other states, contact that state's department of education for certification requirements. See existing interstate agreements.

Certification for Other States

You are responsible for learning about the teacher certification requirements of the state in which you seek to become certified. Teacher certification requirements are constantly evolving in many states. Please be sure to confirm the requirements and any reciprocity arrangements with the state's certifying agency. State specific information is available through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.

Students Residing or Wishing to Teach in Washington State

UMUC is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430, and meets the requirements and educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes UMUC to offer specific degree programs. Contact the council for a list of currently authorized programs, information about the requirements of the act, or the applicability of those requirements to UMUC. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of UMUC or its programs.

Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington state is based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Maryland. Although you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Visit the Professional Educators Standards Board for more information. Contact your school district to determine whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

Students Wishing to Teach in Alabama

State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). Visit the Alabama Department of Education for more information.

Students Residing in Kentucky

Students residing in Kentucky may not complete field and clinical work in public/private schools in the state but may be able to do so in U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools.

Students Residing in North Carolina

Students residing in North Carolina may not complete field and clinical work in public/private schools in the state but may be able to do so in U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity schools.


Transition Points

Program transition points exist to ensure candidate progress and meet candidate needs in a timely manner. Transition points enable analysis of program progression and enable graduation projection and determinations of eligibility. In order for candidates to pass through transition points, they must meet the following criteria.

MAT Program Entry

  • Apply to UMUC and meet graduate admissions requirements and the additional program admission requirements listed on this page.
  • Be admitted to The Graduate School and to the MAT program.
  • Complete a major in the content area for which certification will be sought and provide evidence of a 2.75 GPA in the major.
  • Alternatively, and subject to UMUC approval, complete 30 credits in content-related courses and earn a 2.75 GPA in these courses.
  • Earn Maryland-specified qualifying scores on the Praxis CORE, Praxis I, ACT, GRE, or SAT exams. Foreign language applicants must also submit scored on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, known as OPI, and Written Proficiency Test, known as WPT.

MAT Candidacy (after first course)

  • Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be placed on probation.
  • Complete UCSP 615.

MAT Entry to Internship

  • Complete the first 24 credits in the program.
  • Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be placed on probation.
  • Pass the university-required content assessment, e.g., Praxis II Content Test.

MAT Eligibility for Graduation

  • Meet all course requirements, including field and clinical experiences.
  • Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Provide official evidence of Praxis II Pedagogy Test registration.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Program

What is a Master of Arts in Teaching? +

A Master of Arts in Teaching is a graduate degree that can prepare you for initial certification as a public or private school classroom teacher.

UMUC's MAT degree prepares candidates for Maryland certification as a secondary school teacher (grades 7–12) in earth/space science, physics, English, mathematics, history, social studies, chemistry, biology, computer science, Spanish, French, German, or Mandarin Chinese.

If I am applying for UMUC's Master of Arts in Teaching, what will be my admission status if I have submitted everything but the qualifying scores on the Praxis CORE, Praxis I, ACT, GRE, or SAT? +

UMUC will not admit you until the qualifying scores are in your application package.

Scoring of Praxis I tests takes approximately 20 business days. If you are relying on a qualifying score on this test in order to gain full admission, you should take the Praxis I at least three weeks prior to the application deadline.

What is required for a UMUC student to successfully complete the Master of Arts in Teaching program? +

In order to graduate, Master of Arts in Teaching students are required to have:

  • Completed all MAT courses, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Achieved a passing score on the appropriate university-required content exam
  • Registered for, or taken, the Praxis II pedagogy exam
  • Completed a teaching portfolio, based upon the national and state principles and standards, and a Student Learning Objectives project
  • Successfully completed a secondary school teaching internship and earned appropriate performance evaluations from a university field supervisor, cooperating/mentor teacher, and as appropriate, secondary school supervisory personnel

How does Maryland teacher certification work? +

By completing UMUC's Master of Arts in Teaching—a Maryland state-approved program—you become eligible to apply to the Maryland State Department of Education for certification to teach in your chosen content area. The Maryland Standard Professional Certificate (known as SPC I) enables the certificate holder to teach in the state of Maryland. Students should refer to MSDE's certification requirement and process for more information.

Some states abide by the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, which helps to facilitate the movement of educators among states. Each state has an office that oversees certification of new and existing teachers, so you should research the certification requirements in the state in which you seek to teach.

What do I do if I want to apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching and I do not have a major in exactly the same area in which I'm seeking teaching certification? +

If you do not have a major in the content area you wish to pursue, you may still be admitted if you have completed 30 credits in content-related coursework. You can perform a self-assessment of your prior coursework to determine if you have the necessary 30 credits of coursework.

Use the following forms to help you analyze your transcripts and review the required standards for your preferred teaching specialty.

Transcript Review Forms

Teaching Standards

How long should it take to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching at UMUC? +

Depending on how many courses are taken each semester (fall, spring, summer), you should be able to complete the degree within two years.

Should I apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching if I am interested in teaching elementary school or the earlier middle school grades? +

If you wish to teach pre-k to sixth grade, you will need to become certified in elementary education or early childhood education. The Maryland State Department of Education provides full details. The MAT prepares candidates to teach secondary grades, 7–12.

What are the on-site requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching? +

All of the Master of Arts in Teaching courses are offered online. However, all courses require field experiences, and the last course includes a full-time, 80-day internship in a school. MAT courses frequently include assignments that require access to a classroom in which secondary-age students are being taught the content area you wish to teach.

How can a Master of Arts in Teaching student demonstrate expertise in a content area? +

As a classroom teacher, you will be teaching your own students biology, chemistry, computer science, earth/space science, English, history, mathematics, physics, social studies, Spanish, French, German, or Mandarin Chinese. Applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching must demonstrate that they know their content area. Achieving a 2.75 or greater in a major (or sufficient coursework in the content area and areas that are specifically related to the content area) provides evidence that you are ready to deepen and expand your knowledge and apply your existing knowledge to teaching others.

How much time do I need to apply to UMUC's Master of Arts in Teaching? +

It is best to apply to the program as early as possible before the semester in which you'd like to enroll. This will give you enough time to send your transcript and fill out the forms. It will also give The Graduate School enough time to review your application materials and answer all of your questions.

Scoring of Praxis CORE tests takes approximately 20 business days. If you are relying on a qualifying score on this test (versus the other options) to gain full admission, you should take the Praxis CORE at least four weeks prior to the application deadline.

Please refer to Master of Arts in Teaching admission requirements for more information.