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Master of Arts in Teaching

The Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares candidates for initial certification in Maryland as Elementary and Secondary teachers. [Note: The School of Education is not currently recruiting candidates for certification in Early Childhood Education, World Languages or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). For the latest information on the School's teacher certification offerings, prospective applicants should refer to the School of Education's web site.] Offering part- and full-time options, the program integrates the content and classroom experience required for certification and for effective teaching. The MAT is designed for recent graduates of bachelor or graduate degree programs in appropriate content areas, as well as mid-career professionals who desire to become teachers.

There are four program options for completing the MAT program, each designed to accommodate candidates’ scheduling and professional needs. Regardless of the format, all candidates fulfill the same general requirements for the MAT program. The program options are:

  • The full-time Master of Arts in Teaching is a 12-month/3-semester program (starting in the summer semester and ending the following spring semester) that includes a full school-year internship.
  • The part-time Master of Arts in Teaching program option is designed for individuals transitioning into teaching. Candidates in the part-time program option must complete all program requirements within five years.
  • The Professional Immersion Master of Arts in Teaching (ProMAT) program is a 15-month partnership program with Montgomery County Public Schools.
  • The Baltimore Education Fellows Program is a full-time 12-month program option open only to recent graduates of the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

 Program Goals

The goals for the MAT program are to develop exemplary professional educators for today’s and tomorrow’s classrooms who:

  • Effectively integrate contemporary, research-based theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how planning, instructional delivery, and assessment work together to enhance classroom teaching.
  • Have a positive impact on student achievement in elementary and secondary classrooms.
  • Serve as model reflective teachers who use data to inform practice in school based settings.
  • Demonstrate high ethical standards and become an integral part of the school community.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program are exemplary teachers who:

  • Incorporate knowledge of standards and standards-based instructional approaches to the design and the implementation of teaching.
  • Apply evidence-based strategies and methodologies to teach in a variety of settings, employing a constructivist approach.
  • Know how to use the assessment of learner needs in order to differentiate instruction to impact student learning.
  • Know how to design, implement, and evaluate lesson planning and transform the planning into classroom practice.
  • Provide interdisciplinary learning experiences where appropriate.
  • Incorporate their knowledge of standards and standards-based instructional approaches to the design and the implementation of teaching.
  • Effectively integrate technology into instruction.
  • Function as reflective practitioners.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity in teaching.
  • Maintain respectful and collaborative relationships with families and communities that support schools and students’ growth and learning.

Program Requirements

Students work with a faculty adviser to complete a program of study that fulfills the requirements for certification as a teacher in Maryland. The MAT requires a minimum of 39 credits, and specific additional content-area coursework that may vary due to differences in undergraduate preparation. Students may pursue the degree on a full- or part-time basis; however, the internship requires full-time teaching in a school setting. The nature and duration of the internship are determined by the full- or part-time program option selected. MAT students must pass the content knowledge portion of Praxis II to be scheduled for their pre-internship class.

The nationally recognized Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards guide the MAT program. Using these standards, students demonstrate their competence through a portfolio development process monitored by faculty and supervising teachers and their participation in a variety of field placements. The MAT program requires candidates to participate in electronic learning communities.

To be eligible for Maryland State teacher certification, students must complete the MAT program requirements (including successful defense of the portfolio, successful completion of the internship, and earn a GPA of at least 3.0 for all coursework) and pass all Praxis I (or state approved alternative tests) and Praxis II exams required by the state. (Note: Praxis is a professional assessment test for beginning teachers. Praxis II requirements vary by certification area.)

Coursework

Elementary Education
Number of Credits Required: 39
810.606 Human Development and Learning
810.607 Culturally Responsive Teaching
810.602 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in School Settings
871.502 Educational Alternatives for Students with Special Needs
884.501 Advanced Processes and Acquisition of Reading
884.502 Diagnosis/Assessment for Reading Instruction
810.603 Methods of Teaching in the Elementary School: Part I
810.604 Methods of Teaching in the Elementary School: Part II
884.505 Materials for Teaching Reading
884.507 Instruction for Reading
810.679 Classroom Management
810.655 Teacher Candidate as Action Researcher Through the Use of Technology
810.653 MAT Field Experience
810.641 MAT Clinical Practice for Elementary Candidates: Part I
810.642 MAT Clinical Practice for Elementary Candidates: Part II

Secondary Education
Number of Credits Required: 39
810.606 Human Development and Learning
810.607 Culturally Responsive Teaching
810.602 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in School Settings
871.502 Educational Alternatives for Students with Special Needs
884.508 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area: Part I
884.510 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area: Part II
810.660 Teacher as Thinker and Writer
810.62X Special Topics in Secondary Education
810.61X Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School: Parts I & II (subject specific)
810.679 Classroom Management
810.655 Teacher Candidate as Action Researcher Through the Use of Technology
810.653 MAT Field Experience
810.646 MAT Clinical Practice for Secondary Candidates: Part I
810.647 MAT Clinical Practice for Secondary Candidates: Part II

Admission

Applicants to the MAT program must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s or graduate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university in the area of intended certification (generally, a major or 36 related credits.)
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate studies (including for incomplete programs of study and for programs still in progress).
  • Complete the online application form and submit (along with the application fee) a CV/résumé, an essay that convinces reviewers that the applicant has a commitment to becoming a teacher who believes in positive educational change, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Achieve passing scores on one of the following tests (Praxis I, SAT, ACT or GRE). (Please visit the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website to view current state requirements.)

Note: For the 2014 admission cycle onwards, applicants seeking to start the full-time MAT program must submit GRE scores as part of the application process. While the GRE will be compulsory only for applicants seeking to enroll in the full-time MAT, applicants to the part-time MAT program option are encouraged to submit GRE scores as part of their application package.

If found eligible for admission, applicants will be invited for interview, during which the applicant's prior coursework will be reviewed to determine whether it meets the State’s content threshold for certification. Candidates who do not meet the State's requirements will need to fulfill any additional undergraduate content requirements before completing the program.

In addition, all students entering the program are required to complete a criminal disclosure statement and to undergo state and federal criminal background checks, revealing no history of criminal activity, prior to placement in any internship. (Under Maryland law, persons who have committed acts of violence or crimes against children are not eligible for teacher certification.) Students must be admitted to the MAT program to enroll in classes.

Certification

Teacher candidates may pursue certification in one of four areas of concentration:

  • Elementary Education (grades 1-6).
  • Secondary Education (grades 7-12). Content areas for secondary education certification include English, mathematics, social studies, and the sciences (biology, chemistry, earth/space science, and physics).

All of the programs in teacher education at Johns Hopkins University are fully accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP--formerly NCATE) and lead to teacher certification in the State of Maryland, which reciprocates with most other states. For information regarding which states accept Maryland State teacher certification, please visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification’s website at http://www.nasdtec.org/index.php.