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 in your new field. This is an alternative teacher certification option providing a master’s degree and consists of two distinct options:

Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary
Complete this one-year program that includes extensive field experiences and be ready to take the helm of a grade 1-6 classroom.

Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary
This program is ideal for those who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent coursework in science, math, English, a foreign language or social science. 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.

  • 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 in Frostburg or at the USM-Hagerstown.
  • After one full year of study, you will be prepared for teacher certification.

Master of Arts in Teaching Highlights:

  • MAT – Secondary: Earn full Maryland certification in secondary education (7-12) content specialization or for Art and World languages (PreK-12) content specialization in 12 months of study.
  • MAT – Elementary: Earn full Maryland certification in elementary education in 12 months of study.
  • Gain the skills required to be an educational leader in an elementary, middle or high school.
  • 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.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary program requirements (PDF).

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Education Leaders:

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.

Teaching Level Anticipated Job Growth For More Information Visit
High School Teachers 6 percent (slower than average across all occupations) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm
Middle School Teachers 12 percent (about the same as the average across all occupations) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm
Elementary School Teachers 12 percent (about the same as the average across all occupations) www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm

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


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