Degree Type

Master of Arts in Teaching


Master the art of teaching with a Master of Arts in Teaching.


As elementary student enrollment trends continue to increase, make sure you have the skills ready to meet demand, and benefit your career growth. Our Master of Arts in Teaching is an initial licensure program that prepares you to work with elementary students in first through sixth grade. There are several reasons to consider an advanced teaching degree:

  • Elevate your teaching skills
  • Increase your salary
  • Add a respected degree for more advancement opportunities
  • Choose a specialization
  • Start a second career as a teacher


The M.A.T. in Elementary Education is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Qualified Teacher Education

In the Department of Teaching and Learning, we adhere to the high academic standards of our field, committing to prepare well-qualified elementary education professionals, who are ready to champion student success in diverse and urban environments. Our program equips graduates with capabilities to apply knowledge and theory to practice, using research-based practices to support individual needs of students in first through sixth grade classrooms.

What You'll Learn

Learn how to: 

  • Plan and engage children in exploration, experimentation, and discovery activities
  • Reflect appropriate professional attitudes and behaviors
  • Effectively teach and meet academic needs of all students in special programs
  • Deconstruct curricula, be familiar with curricula organization, objectives, and procedures; as well as the instructional resources of the school and community to effectively implement curricula
  • Apply theory to practice in order to effectively analyze teaching practices and experiences while engaging in the selection, planning, presentation, and evaluation of content knowledge
  • Motivate and support learners through applied theory and practice Collaborate with the broader community of education professionals and practice continuous professional growth
  • Apply knowledge and skills in the use of technology to support instruction, access and manipulate data, enhance professional growth and productivity; communicate; and conduct research

Program Requirements

The department assigns each candidate an advisor to help plan your course schedule throughout your program journey.

Credit hours in this program are split between:

  • Core requirements
  • Professional course requirements


Core Courses

Course credits Name
CUIN 560 3 Theoretical Bases for Teaching and Learning
EDUC 581 3 Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences**
CUIN 605 3 Philosophical, Sociological, and Political Aspects of the Education Process
SPED 587 3 Teaching Learners with Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom

**This course is required for students who do not have an approved undergraduate statistics course.

Professional Courses (All Concentrations)

Course credits Name

CUIN 587


Curriculum Domains and Procedures

CUIN 600 1 Internship Proseminar
EDUC 582 3 Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences
CUIN 606 3 Instructional Strategies and Methods for Effective Teaching
CUIN 607 3 Managing the Teaching and Learning Environment

CUIN 608

9 Internship in Curriculum and Teaching (Field-based with action research)


Professional Courses (Elementary Requirements)

Course credits Name

REED 504


Processes and Acquisition of Reading Skills

REED 505 3 Strategies and Materials for Reading Instruction
REED 508 3 Reading and Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood/Elementary Grades
REED 603 3 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading
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The Master of Arts in Teaching lives in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education within the College of Arts & Sciences, and Education.