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Master of Arts in Teaching MAT at Frostburg State University

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Master of Arts in Teaching

Elementary or Seconday

Expand on your bachelor’s degree to become an elementary or secondary teacher

If you hold a bachelors degree in any major and you’re ready to change careers to become an elementary, middle or high school teacher, Frostburg State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is the preparation you need to make a strong start in your new field. This  is an alternative teacher certification option providing a masters degree and consists of two distinct options:

Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary
Complete this one-year program that includes extensive field experiences and be ready to take the helm of a grade 1-6 classroom.

Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary
This program is ideal for those who hold a degree in a specific content field, such as science, math, art or social science. Earn an education degree with extensive field experience in one year and be ready to teach in a middle or high school classroom grades 7-12.

  • Complete the MAT – Elementary program at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown located at 32 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, Md.
  • Complete the MAT– Secondary program in Frostburg or at the USM Hagerstown.
  • After one full year of study, you will be prepared for teacher certification.

Master of Arts in Teaching Highlights:

  • Gain extensive field experience in the classroom as an MAT student.
  • MAT – Secondary: Earn full Maryland certification in secondary education (7-12) content specialization or for Art and World languages (PreK-12) content specialization in 12 months of study.
  • MAT – Elementary: Earn full Maryland certification in elementary education in 12 months of study.
  • Gain the skills required to be an educational leader in an elementary, middle or high school.
  • Complete your practicum in a local school in Allegany, Garrett, Washington or Frederick counties. Students will spend 100 days of the school year in teaching practicum.

About Our Master of Arts in Teaching Faculty:

  • Learn from educators who are leaders in their field and who hold the highest degrees in their areas of expertise.
  • Take part in small classes that allow extensive interaction among classmates and your faculty, increasing the value of the master’s learning experience.
  • Study with professors who are highly experienced classroom teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Sample Master of Arts in Teaching Courses:

Principles and Practices of Research – Gain an understanding of the definitions of research; the research process; chronological development of educational research; library use and research literature; the research abstract; historical, descriptive and experimental types of research. Learn to identify researchable problems and formulate research designs, descriptive and inferential statistical techniques and the style for writing a research report.

Developmental Theory and Experiential Growth – Understand the concept of self; logical decision making; communication theory and effects of the various social-cultural factors on learners; effects of the individual, the group and the system on the learning process; leadership theory and skills; studies in human growth and development.

Adapting Instruction in Diverse Classrooms – Acquire an understanding of the instructional and social development needs of the disabled and nondisabled students in inclusive classrooms. Special attention is given to collaboration, technology, legislation, educational programming, instructional strategies, inclusion models and current research related to the students enrolled in secondary school inclusion programs and K-12 programs.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary program requirements (PDF).

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Education Leaders:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issues statistics on anticipated job growth in the teaching field at three different levels. These figures apply through 2022.

Teaching Level Anticipated Job Growth For More Information Visit
High School Teachers 6 percent (slower than average across all occupations)
Middle School Teachers 12 percent (about the same as the average across all occupations)
Elementary School Teachers 12 percent (about the same as the average across all occupations)

For more information, visit the U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook and search for your specific area of career interest.

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