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Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education Degree (Certification in Grades 1-6)

The Master of Arts in Teaching, elementary education degree program is for individuals
seeking initial teacher certification in grades 1 – 6. The course of study is designed
to prepare exceptionally qualified teachers who are responsive to the educational
needs of diverse learners at the elementary level (grades 1-6). Completion of this
program and appropriate licensure exams will lead to eligibility for Maryland State
Department of Education teacher certification.

Loyola’s MAT program is grounded in the guiding tenets of Loyola’s School of Education
conceptual framework—competence, conscience, and compassion—and is influenced by the
Jesuit educational philosophy, which emphasizes academic excellence, reflective practice,
ethical leadership, and social justice in education.

Program Overview

  • Credits: 39
  • Delivery: Online coursework with in-person internship
  • Next Admission Term: Summer 2024
  • Class Duration: 8 and 16 week courses
  • Format: Full-time or Part-time
  • Time of Completion:  As little as 1 year*


  • Bachelor degree required 
  • 3.0 or higher GPA in most recent degree or passing score on the 
  • Liberal Arts background including a minimum of:
    • 9 English credits, including one literature course
    • 9 Mathematics credits, including one statistics course
    • 9 Social Studies credits, including one U.S. History course
    • 10 Science credits, including one laboratory skills course

Transcript Analysis

A transcript analysis determines the content area prerequisites you may be required
to complete in addition to MAT program course work. While an analysis can be completed
when application materials are received, prior completion of the analysis allows for
a quicker admissions decision. To request a transcript analysis, please email a copy
of your unofficial transcript to .

Students missing no more than three prerequisite courses may be admitted conditionally
to the part-time program. These courses are taken outside of Loyola and must be completed
by the end of the second semester.

Students pursing the full-time pathway should have all prerequisite courses completed
prior to beginning the program.