Teaching (MA) CSU Academic Programs

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). In addition to criteria set forth by the School of Graduate Studies, the GRE, the Praxis I examination, an interview, and a writing sample are required for admission to the M.A.T. The program is designed for individuals holding a degree in arts and sciences and persons interested in changing careers. Candidates are encouraged to study their discipline broadly and in depth as they prepare to become professionals in the field of education. Previous experience or training in education is not required.


  1. To attract high quality, talented individuals to enter the teaching profession.
  2. To increase the available supply of qualified teacher candidates in the State of Maryland through an alternate route to certification.
  3. To meet the needs of non-traditional teacher candidates who are career-changers or liberal arts and sciences graduates interested in teaching as a career.
  4. To encourage high quality individuals to enter a teaching career.


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree program requires a minimum of forty-six (46) hours in the elementary education concentration and forty (40) hours in the middle school or secondary education concentration. The program provides an alternate route to teacher certification for individuals holding a baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts and sciences. Emphasis is placed on the development of a repertoire of instructional strategies and pedagogical skills understanding and application of teaching to current trends in educational research, and effective assessment of the teaching and learning processes. To promote a supportive learning community students matriculate in cohorts. Emphasis is placed on developing skilled practitioners in either elementary/middle school or secondary education (Biology/Chemistry, History/Social Studies, English, and Mathematics). Differentiation occurs in the clinical experiences, internship, and the action research. Each of these experiences is designed to meet the needs and requirements of specific certification areas. The MSDE cutoff score on the Praxis II examination is required prior to completing or graduating from the M.A.T. program. The specific Praxis II test is determined by area of concentration.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students receive a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and are eligible for certification in elementary/middle or secondary education in identified content areas. The M.A.T. Program has ICC (Interstate Certification Compact) approval, assuring graduates of reciprocal certification without transcript evaluation in the 33 states with which MSDE has teacher certification reciprocity. 


Core Courses Credits
CUIN 560 Theoretical Bases for Teaching and Learning  3
EDUC 581 Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Required if an approved statistics 3 course was not taken in the undergraduate program)  3
CUIN 605 Philosophical, Sociological and Political Aspects of the Education Process  3
SPED 587 Teaching Learners with Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom  3
Professional Courses (All Concentrations)
CUIN 587 Curriculum Domains and Procedures  3
CUIN 600 Internship Proseminar  1
EDUC 582 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences  3
CUIN 606 Instructional Strategies and Methods for Effective Teaching  3
CUIN 607 Managing the Teaching/Learning Environment  3
CUIN 608 Internship in Curriculum and Teaching (Field-based with action research)
CUIN 609 Seminar on Critical Issues in Teaching (Action research paper required)
Professional Courses (Secondary Education Requirements)
REED 501 Teaching Reading in the Content Area I
REED 502 Teaching Reading in the Content Area II
Professional Courses (Elementary/Middle Requirements)
REED 504 Processes and Acquisition of Reading Skills
REED 505 Strategies and Materials for Reading Instruction
REED 508 Reading and Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood/Elementary Grades
REED 603 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading