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What is the MAT at SMCM? 

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a master’s degree program designed for individuals who want to pursue certification to teach. 

Candidates can certify in elementary education (grades 1-6), elementary with early childhood education (birth through grade 6), secondary education (grades 7-12) in English, Social Studies (requires a major in either history or political science), Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Or Theater, and K-12 certification in Art or Music.  Back to top



Why should I pursue teacher certification at SMCM?

  • You will graduate with a degree from a well-respected liberal arts institution!
  • Our placement rate for future teachers is almost 100% and school districts hire SMCM graduates because they know how to think, have a solid content knowledge base, and a strong understanding of child and adolescent development.
  • You will be immersed in the life of public schools, gaining a rich array of experiences that will enhance your understanding of teaching and learning. 
    • Our extensive field experiences and our year-long internship program are designed to ensure that our future teachers have the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to succeed in the profession.
  • You will be part of a cohort of individuals who share similar passions and idealism about their role in making the future better for our K-12 students. 
  • We are a small school and our teacher certification programs reflect the size of the institution; we certify between 25 and 35 teachers a year.  We provide a great deal of individual support, guidance, and mentoring to our future teachers.
  • We have strong partnership agreements with our local school system- St. Mary’s County Public Schools.
    • We have worked with them to develop an America Reads Tutor Corps, to develop technology courses that future teachers and their cooperating teachers take together, to create communities of pre and in service teachers in our literacy courses, and to learn not just from the faculty on the campus, but from a strong team of exceptional teachers in the field who are viewed as adjuncts to the faculty in the EdStudies.
  • You will be able to take classes from faculty members who have all had public school teaching experience, who regularly spend time in the public schools, who are actively engaged in school-based research and curriculum development, and who are passionate about teacher education.
  • Contact the MAT Program at or 240-895-2018 for more program information, particularly about how our program compares to alternative certification programs.



How long will it take me to complete the MAT at SMCM? 

The MAT is a full-time, intensive cohort program that runs for 11 months, typically from early July through early June of the following year. Back to top



How much does the MAT cost?

The MAT tuition is based on the undergraduate tuition for SMCM students (and out-of-state students pay the in-state rate!).  For 2014-2015, the total for MAT tuition and fees is $19,339.00.

This covers 48 credits for candidates certifying in elementary education and 46 credits for secondary and K-12 candidates.  Tuition is billed in four equal segments across the 11 months of the program. Back to top



What are the anticipated additional costs of the program? 

We estimate approximately $14,000 for off-campus living expenses, books, parking permits, transportation, and personal items over the course of the 11 months. 

The cost of living goes down if you share an apartment or house with other MAT interns. Back to top


What are the tests scores required for admission to the MAT?

All program pre-requisites can be found here.

To be admitted into the MAT program, you must obtain minimum qualifying scores on one of the four following standardized tests (mandated by MSDE):

  1. Praxis I:  Applicants may meet the basic skills testing requirement by meeting each minimum qualifying score for the three separate Skills Test Areas, or by obtaining a composite score of these three Skills Test Areas of at least 527.

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  1. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): combined score for critical reading and mathematics: 1100
  2. American College Testing (ACT): composite score: 24
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): combined score for verbal and quantitative: 297
    1. Pre-September 2011 combined score: 1000
**Note: Candidates in the MAT must also pass the appropriate PRAXIS II tests for graduation and eligibility for certification in Maryland. Back to top



Where will I be placed for my internship?   

We are partners in a Professional Development Collaborative as required by the Maryland State Department of Education; we place all of our teacher interns in, ideally, groups of five in schools within St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Teacher interns have an impact on the school; have opportunities for shared reflection and professional development – and school partners also benefit from the very close collaboration we have developed over the past two decades. Back to top



How do I pay for the MAT? 

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information about paying for the MAT. Back To Top