Master of Arts in Teaching:

Elementary or Secondary

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

If you hold a bachelor's 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 to move to your new career field. This is an accelerated teacher certification option providing a master's degree and consists of two distinct options:

Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary
Complete this 12-month program that includes extensive field experiences and be ready to take the helm of a grade 1-6 classroom. Students with a bachelor's degree in any field may qualify. Prerequisites for this program may be required and will be identified upon review of the student's transcript. Students are admitted in May and stay continuously enrolled until the following May.;

Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary
This program is ideal for those who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent coursework in art, biology, chemistry, physics, math, English, a foreign language, music, or social studies. 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. Students complete the program in 12 months, beginning in May and ending in May.

Master of Arts in Teaching Highlights:

  • 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 on the Frostburg main campus located in Frostburg, Md.

  • MAT – Secondary: Meet the educational requirements to gain Maryland certification in secondary education (7-12). Students entering the content specialization for Art, World languages and Music become certified to teach PreK through 12. This program is designed for 12-months of full-time study.

  • MAT – Elementary:Meet the educational requirements to gain Maryland certification in elementary education i(1-6) in 12-months of study.

  • Gain the skills required to be an educational leader.

  • 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.

Five Year Master's Options

  1. Bachelor to Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Pathway
  2. Combined Program Option for Current FSU Undergraduates

Current FSU undergraduate students majoring in the biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, art or music can take part in the Bachelor's to Master's pathway or combined program resulting in completion of both their bachelor's degree in their content area and Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary in five years. For more information, see the 2019-2020 undergraduate catalog pages of each of the following majors: biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, art, and music and the 2019 fall graduate catalog supplement.

Maryland Accelerates Program

The Frostburg State University College of Education's Maryland Accelerates (MA) Program provides aspiring teachers the opportunity to earn an accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary or Secondary track) degree along with an innovative year-long teacher residency in partnership with Frederick and Garrett County Public Schools. Aiming to prepare and retain highly-effective educators with a focus on STEM education,the Maryland Accelerates Program provides a 12-month, $30,000 living-wage stipend during the residency portion of the program to admitted candidates.

Learn more about the Maryland Accelerates Program

Career Outlook for Elementary and Secondary Teachers

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.

Career Outlook for Elementary and Secondary Teachers
Teaching Level Anticipated Job Growth For More Information Visit
High School Teachers 8% (as fast as average)
Middle School Teachers 8% (as fast as average)
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers 7% (as fast as average)

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

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