St. Mary's College of Maryland

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Pursuing Teacher Certification through SMCM

SMCM does not offer a major in education. Students choose a major and then take courses that are pre-requisites for our one-year, accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree as electives. Upon graduation from SMCM with the B.A., students have a break of 5-6 weeks and then begin the masters program in early July, completing the degree, with certification, by the middle of the following June.

Many future elementary teachers major in Psychology because several of the courses in that major are also required for certification; however, we encourage future elementary (EDEL) and elementary with early childhood certification (EDEL with EDEC) seekers to pursue a major in any field for which they have a passion. Future secondary teachers (EDSC) major in English, math, one of the sciences, a modern foreign language, theater, or - to certify in social studies, in history, political science, or economics. Future teachers of art and music major in the appropriate discipline.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Catalogue Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching program (M.A.T.) at St. Mary's College of Maryland is an accelerated year-long intensive and challenging program leading to initial certification, at the graduate level, in Maryland in one of the following areas: Elementary Grades One to Six and Middle School, Elementary with Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education (English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, Spanish, French, German, social studies, or theater), or in K-12 education in music or art. The program theme is The Masterful Teacher: A Reflective Educator Facilitating Communities of Diverse Learners; and the program incorporates, as implied, an emphasis on developing the habit of and disposition to reflect, developing future teachers competence in teaching all students in ways that help narrow the achievement gap, developing expertise in using technology to enhance instruction particularly to help motivate all students to achieve, and developing knowledge of and skill in creating classrooms that are sites of ethical behavior and social justice. The program begins in early July, shortly after graduation from most four-year institutions, and runs throughout the summer; participants begin work in the local public schools during August, and are in K-12 classrooms from the opening day of the academic year. They spend half their time in the public schools and half their time taking graduate level classes, some of which are held on site at their schools. During the spring semester, participants are in the schools all day every day, while taking additional methodology courses after the end of the public school day. The second summer session provides opportunities for completion of the master's project and reflection on all aspects of teaching, as well as mentoring in preparation for taking full-time responsibility for a classroom as a beginning professional. This intense program not only prepares M.A.T. candidates to become effective classroom teachers, able to be reflective facilitators of interactive learning communities, but allows them to develop advanced technology and research skills that will help them to maintain the process of professional development on their own.

Program Pre-Requisites

M.A.T. program participants must take the following courses prior to beginning the program. These are undergraduate courses available every semester at SMCM and often available at community colleges and other four-year institutions as well. All prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

GPA Requirements - All Applicants

Elementary Candidates (grades 1-5 plus middle school) (EDEL)

Secondary Candidates (grades 7-12) (EDSC)

K-12 Candidates (grades Pre-K-12 in art, music, theater)

Music majors also must complete any four 1 cr. methods courses in strings, brass, percussion, etc.

Courses SMCM Typically Offers

Why should I pursue teacher certification at SMCM?

Note. Contact Dr. Lois Stover, ltstover@smcm.edu, Dr. Lin Muilenburg, lymuilenburg@smcm.edu, Dr. Angela Johnson, acjohnson@smcm.edu, Dr. Katy Arnett, kearnett@smcm.edu, or Mrs. Leslie Moore, llmoore@smcm.edu, with questions.