Following recent approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Frostburg State University will begin offering its Master of Arts in Teaching program for secondary education at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.
FSU has offered the secondary education program at its Frostburg campus for two years and a similar elementary program in Hagerstown since 2000. FSU's Master of Arts in Teaching programs are designed for career changers or recent college graduates who want to pursue careers in teaching. The full-time program, which begins in the summer and lasts a year, provides its students with all of the necessary course work and classroom experience to obtain teacher certification in the state of Maryland.
The MAT programs are part of FSU's effort to address the growing shortage of teachers in Maryland, especially in certain critical subject areas.
"Expanding the secondary program to Hagerstown will help us alleviate the state's teacher shortage, particularly in math and science," said Dr. Susan Arisman, dean of FSU's College of Education. "This program will benefit the Washington County school system in particular, much as the Master of Arts in Teaching for elementary teachers has already. Frostburg has worked closely with Washington County to make these programs available."
Two information sessions are scheduled at USM-H in March. They will be Tuesday, March 15, and again on Thursday, March 31, to speak to prospective applicants for the group beginning studies this summer. Both sessions are at 6:30 p.m. in room 124-125 of the 32 W. Washington St. center.
The deadline to apply is April 1 to join the cohort of about 20 students that will begin studies begins this summer.
Content certification will be offered in English, mathematics, social studies, biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Certification in French, Spanish and K-12 art are currently offered in the MAT program that meets on the Frostburg campus, and they may be available in Hagerstown if there is sufficient demand.
Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the subject area in which they plan to seek certification, in addition to other requirements, including a passing score on the PRAXIS I test.
For more information, call the FSU Graduate Services Office at 301-687-7053 or MAT – Secondary Program Coordinator Dr. William Childs at 301-687-4216.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.