Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Elementary Certification

(Grades 1-6)

In-Person or Online 40 major credits * 2 or 3 years

Repayment after
graduation as low as


*if using financial aid

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The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with Elementary Education (grades 1-6) concentration is a certification program designed to prepare college graduates who wish to enter the teaching profession but who have not had adequate preparation for teaching.


The program is based on the assumption that, through a curriculum carefully balanced in theory and practice, participants can acquire the knowledge and skills needed for teaching elementary education students. The program is completed with a lengthy internship or supervised teaching experience, guided by both a member of the Goucher College faculty and a mentor teacher. Traditional interns are generally placed at Professional Development Schools, while conditional teachers are supervised in their school positions.

Career Outcomes

Graduates leave the program equipped with Maryland Elementary School (grades 1-6) certification necessary for teaching diverse student populations.

Course Progression and Degree Requirements

ED 680*Theories of Learning3
ED 686Foundations of Special Education3
ED 656*Classroom Management1.5
ED 660*Planning1.5
ED 682E*Foundations of Reading, elementary3
ED 672Assessment3
ED 601Development3
ED 681Curriculum Development3
ED 687Internship with Seminars (3 or 4 eight week terms, depending on proficiency)6
ED 627Advanced Methods in Reading3
ED 685Mathematics2
ED 683Science2
ED 684Social Studies2
ED 629Reading Assessment1
ED 628Teaching Reading3
Please Note:

This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.

All Praxis or other state tests must be passed before certification is completed, and Praxis I and all content tests must be passed before the internship or supervised experience. All undergraduate course work, if needed, must be completed before certification.

* These courses must be successfully completed prior to the internship.