The Towson University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for those without formal training in the field of education who wish to enter the teaching profession. It is well suited to recent graduates and to those seeking to change careers.
Secondary (SCED) Special Education
The MAT program in Secondary (SCED) Special Education requires 40 graduate units of course work. In addition, students may also be required to complete specific content prerequisites in the chosen concentration area of biology, English, mathematics or social science. Please see the “Admission Requirements” section for information on the transcript analysis process. The MAT program in SCED Special Education prepares students to teach grades 6-12.
Extended Year Only
SCED Special Education is only available as an Extended Year option. The Extended Year option allows students to design a course of study to fit their schedules (generally one, two or three evening courses per semester). This option begins any semester of the year (fall, spring or summer).
Professional Year Internships
All students enrolled in the MAT program must complete a part-time internship in the final fall semester of the program followed by a full-time internship in the final spring semester of the program. Internships are completed in public Professional Development Schools (PDS) in subject areas and grade levels appropriate to each MAT student. Students are responsible for transportation to the field placements and internships. The development and presentation of a portfolio will take the place of a master’s thesis. All MAT program requirements must be completed within seven years.
In addition to completing the MAT program requirements, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires that all applicants for state teaching licensure successfully complete the PRAXIS II examinations in their area of specialization.