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Master of Arts in Teaching

This 36-credit program is for students who wish to earn certification and a master's degree concurrently to begin their careers in education.

Program Overview

  • Earn Maryland teaching certification and the skills necessary for success as an elementary, secondary, early childhood education, or special education teacher.
  • Prospective students should hold a bachelor's degree in a field outside of education and the desire to become a certified teacher.  
  • Candidates work closely with an advisor to develop a personalized program plan.  
  • New students are accepted for each enrollment term: fall, winter, spring and summer.
  • Coursework is available during evenings and weekends at times convenient for working adults.

Program Options: choose daytime or evening classes

  • For those who want a full-time program with daytime classes, we offer the MAT/GEI program. Please visit our MAT/GEI page for more information on our full-time program which can be completed in 10 months.
  • For those who want to work while completing coursework in the evenings and on weekends, we offer the evening MAT program. The information on this page is based on the evening MAT option.


  • Art or Music (PreK-12) 
  • Early Childhood Education as dual certification with Elementary Education (PreK-6)
  • Special Education (alone or as dual certification with either Elementary or Secondary Education)
  • Elementary Education (1-6)
  • Secondary Subjects: Business, Computer Science, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, History, Theater (7-12) or World Languages (PreK-12)

This program has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and meets initial certification requirements for: elementary education, secondary education, special education for elementary or secondary, and early childhood education. Our education programs are also nationally accredited by NCATE.

Internship Requirements

  • The MAT program includes a one year internship taken at the end of the program.  
  • The internship includes a part-time observation experience during the fall and a full-time student teaching experience in the spring.  
  • During the internship year, candidates receive support from a mentor teacher and an internship supervisor. 

To satisfy state certification requirements, candidates must successfully complete the coursework, internship, ePortfolio and Praxis II exams in the area of certification.

The Notre Dame Difference

  • Notre Dame has been preparing teachers for over 120 years.  Notre Dame is the top provider of initial teacher certification among all private colleges in Maryland.
  • Small class sizes, face to face instruction and personalized advising all mean that students receive an education that meets their needs.
  • Candidates develop the teaching tools to succeed in the classroom, as evidenced by the fact that 17 Notre Dame alums have been named Teachers of the Year in their school systems.

Teacher working with student

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements for graduate level teacher certification programs include:

1. Graduate Studies application form     Available online at www.ndm.edu/admissions/apply/

2. Official transcript(s) sent directly to Graduate Admissions Office

If applicable, please provide all official transcripts from undergraduate, graduate and/or community college course work.  Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to the Graduate Admissions Office at gradadm@ndm.edu.  Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. See World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org.

3. Admissions essay       (Essay is waived for students who have completed a previous master’s degree.)

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay:

1. Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.

2. Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. What were the challenges involved? What were the accomplishments? Finally, what did you learn from the work?

4. Three Letters of Recommendation     Letters of recommendation are required for all ACT, MAT and MATESOL applicants who are not currently working in schools.  If an applicant is currently a full-time employee of a public school system or a private school, the recommendation letters are waived.  Recommendation form is available online at www.ndm.edu/admissions/graduate-studies/apply-for-admission/

5. Praxis Scores – or Alternate Acceptable Test Scores (Only applicants seeking initial teacher certification.)

The State of Maryland requires passing Praxis Core and Praxis II scores for all candidates seeking initial teaching certification.  If an applicant for a graduate teaching certification program has a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher from previous undergraduate and graduate work, the applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU under the condition that he/she provides passing Praxis Core scores before beginning the student teaching internship.  If an applicant for a graduate teaching certification program has a cumulative GPA below 3.0, passing Praxis Core scores will be required before the applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU.

The following tests satisfy the State of Maryland requirements for the Praxis Core:

5712       Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading                 Passing score of 156

5722       Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing                  Passing score of 162

5732       Core Academics Skills for Educators: Mathematics       Passing score of 150

Candidates must achieve the qualifying score on all three of the assessments; there is no composite score.

The State of Maryland will also accept the following options from candidates:

  • Praxis I: PPST scores taken before September 2014: composite score of 527 of higher
  • SAT test taken after April 1995: combined math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1100
  • SAT test taken prior to April 1995: math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
  • ACT composite score of 24 (ACT composite score is the average of the tests)
  • GRE revised General Test: composite of the combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. Candidates who took the GRE test prior to September 2011 will use the old composite score of 1000.

Mail application materials to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Graduate Admissions Office

4701 North Charles St.

Baltimore, Maryland 21210

Email application materials to: gradadm@ndm.edu


Core Courses (all certification areas)

EDU-519 Human Development and Learning (3)
EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-604 Analytic, Reflective and Research Seminar (3)
SPE-526 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (3)

Secondary Education

EDU-552 Global Perspectives in Education (3)
EDU-580 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (3)
EDU-551 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3)
EDU-544 Educational Assessment (3)
EDU elective to be chosen in collaboration with academic advisor

Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School—one selected from the following
EDU-530 Art, PreK-12 (3)*
EDU-531 English (3)*
EDU-532 Foreign Language (3)*
EDU-533 Mathematics (3)*
EDU-537 Science (3)*
EDU-539 Social Studies (3)*
Methods course for Business, Music and Computer Science candidates chosen in collaboration with academic advisor

Student Teaching—select one from the following
EDU-601 Internship: Student Teaching in Secondary School (6) or
EDU-605 Internship: Student Teaching in Art, PreK-12 (6)

Elementary Education

EDU-509 Processes and Acquisition of Reading (3)
EDU-510 Elementary Reading Materials (3)
EDU-511 Elementary Reading Assessment (3)
EDU-513 Science and Social Studies in the Elementary School (3)*
EDU-542 Instruction in Reading (3)*
EDU-592 Mathematics in the Elementary School (3)*
EDU-602 Internship: Student Teaching in the Elementary School (6)

Early Childhood with Elementary Education

EDU-515 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)*
EDU-603 Internship: Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (3) Taken concurrently with EDU-602

*Indicates a methods course; students must earn a grade of B or higher.

Special Education with Elementary or Secondary Education

SPE-543/544 Assessment of Special Needs Populations (3)
SPE-546 Methods of Teaching Students with Special Needs (3)
SPE-570 Individualizing the Curriculum (Elementary) (3) Or
SPE-571 Vocational Skills in Special Education Methods (Secondary) (3)
SPE-576 Communication Skills for the School-Based Professional (3)
SPE-601 Internship: Student Teaching in Special Education (3) Taken concurrently with EDU-601 or 602

Alumni and Career Opportunities

We are proud of our graduates and the lives they change every day in the classroom. 

Notre Dame offers more programs in teacher shortage areas than any other institution in Maryland. By providing programs in these much-needed areas, we help our local schools systems find new teachers and our graduates find teaching jobs. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education prepares a list of shortage areas. For the 2016-2017 school year, the declared teacher shortage areas in Maryland are:

  • Arts (Pre-K–Grade 12)
  • Music (Pre-K–Grade 12)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences, Technology Education (not offered at NDMU)
  • Computer Science (Grades 7–12)
  • English (Grades 7–12)
  • ESOL (Pre-K–Grade 12)
  • Health (Pre-K–Grade 12) (not offered at NDMU)
  • Mathematics (Grades 7–12)
  • Science Areas (Grades 7–12) Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
  • Special Education Areas Generic: Elementary (Grades 1-8) and Secondary/Adult (Grade 6–Adult)
  • World Language Areas (Pre-K–Grade 12) French, Spanish

Notre Dame is here to support you on your job search. 

  • Our Career Center is available to graduate students with services including career counseling, resume writing assistance, interview coaching, and job listings.
  • During the internship year, all MAT students attend a seminar with the opportunity to speak to Human Resources representatives from the local area school systems.  
  • Interns learn about what school systems look for in new hires, applications and interview processes, and the content areas most in need in each school system.
  • Many local schools systems conduct on-campus interviews right here at Notre Dame.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1)      What is the tuition and how much does the program cost?

Tuition costs for education master’s level programs are $540 per credit for the 2016-2017 school year. There is a $150 registration fee each fall and spring semester of registration.  The program is 36 credits, and additional credits may be required if a student decides to pursue dual certification.

2)      Is financial aid available?

Financial aid for graduate students is largely in the form of low interest student loans.  To receive student loans, a graduate student would need to take at least 6 credits per semester and complete the FAFSA form. For more information, please read Financial Aid for Graduate Students

3)      What prerequisites are required before starting the program?

Candidates may need to complete content courses before starting the MAT program.  A secondary candidate is required to have at least 30 credits in the subject area desired for certification, with 12 of the credits taken at the 300/400 level.  An elementary candidate must have the following: 12 credits EACH of English, Mathematics, Science (including Biology), and Social Sciences, and 6 credits of Fine Arts.  Our advisors are happy to provide a transcript analysis prior to applying.  For a transcript review, contact Megan Bowen at mbowen@ndm.edu for our main campus in Baltimore and Dr. Karen Wooten at kwooten@ndm.edu for our Southern Maryland location.

4)      Can I transfer in previous education coursework?

If the coursework was taken at the graduate level, up to 6 credits may transfer into the graduate program at Notre Dame upon approval from the advisor.

5)      How long does the program take?

The program length will vary based on a student’s personalized program plan and certifications sought.    Students may take a maximum of 10 courses per year (3 fall, 1 winter, 3 spring, 3 summer), and many students complete their coursework within one year.  The coursework is followed by a one year internship.  Students are required to take at least two classes per semester if they plan to access student loans.  Since many of our students work full time while taking coursework, personalized program plans allow them to fit coursework into their schedules.

6)      Do I need to take the Praxis exam?

The State of Maryland requires passing Praxis Core and Praxis II scores for all candidates seeking initial teaching certification. 

If an applicant for a graduate teaching certification program has a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher from previous undergraduate and graduate work, the applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU under the condition that he/she provides passing Praxis Core scores before beginning the student teaching internship.  If an applicant for a graduate teaching certification program has a cumulative GPA below 3.0, passing Praxis Core scores will be required before the applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU.  The State of Maryland accepts scores from the Praxis I, SAT, ACT and GRE tests in place of the Praxis Core if the scores are high enough (see admissions criteria section of this page).

Praxis II exams are based on a candidate's intended certification area and are taking during the program.  Praxis II exams must be completed before a candidate may be stamped for certification.

7)      When can I start the program?

We offer rolling admission to the MAT program.  Candidates may begin the program during any enrollment term: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.  We have the following recommended application deadlines:  July 5 for fall semester, November 5 for winter semester, December 5 for spring semester, April 5 for summer semester.  By meeting the recommended deadlines, students are ensured of the best selection of classes.  Applicants are accepted past the recommended deadline as long as space remains open in classes.

8)      What days and times are classes offered?

Classes during the fall and spring semesters are offered on Monday through Thursday evenings, with most courses beginning at 6pm and meeting one evening per week. Several classes for secondary certification are also offered on Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons.  During the winterim semester, classes are offered for a full day on the four Saturdays in January, and students may take one course.  Courses during the summer semester will have different schedules based on the course, with some offered in an accelerated format.

9)      Where are classes offered?

We offer the MAT program at our main campus in Baltimore and at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.  Occasional courses may be offered in other locations.  For additional information about the Southern Maryland location, please contact Dr. Karen Wooten at 301-737-2500 ext 305 or kwooten@ndm.edu.

10)      Do you have information sessions for this program?

Information sessions are held periodically at our main campus in Baltimore. Info sessions are a great way to get "a feel" for the personalized approach at NDMU and to get specific information about the program and application process.  Check-in starts at 5:30pm, and the presentation begins at 6pm.  Everyone who attends the information session will receive a waiver for their first registration fee.  Register at www.ndm.edu/essentialcredential.

11)   I have more questions!  Who should I call?

For main campus admissions information:
Lindsey Robinson - Enrollment Manager


For main campus program questions:
Megan Bowen
Director of Admission and Advising for Graduate Initial Certification


For Southern Maryland campus information:
Dr. Karen Wooten
Associate Dean
301-737-2500 ext. 305