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

Secondary Certification

In-Person or Online 36 major credits * 2 or 3 years

Repayment after
graduation as low as


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The Master of Arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree with Secondary Education (grade 7-12) 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 assumes that, through a curriculum carefully balanced in theory and practice, participants can acquire the knowledge and skills needed for teaching general 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 secondary (grades 7-12) certification necessary for teaching students in diverse school settings.

Course Progression and Degree Requirements

ED 686Foundations of Special Education3
ED 680*Theories of Learning3
ED 660*Planning1.5
ED 656*Classroom Management1.5
ED 682S*Foundations of Content Reading, secondary3
ED 604Contemporary Issues 
ED 601Development3
ED 681Curriculum Development3
ED 693General Secondary Methods3
ED 687Internship with Seminars (3 or 4 eight week terms, depending on proficiency)6
ED 630Advanced Methods of Teaching Content Reading, secondary3
ED 694Specific Content Methods for two terms4 over two terms
ED 672Assessment (classroom)3
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.