Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program transcends basic certification to prepare leaders at the classroom, school, and district levels. The MAT program offers the tools needed to teach 21st-century learners and includes rigorous coursework, a digital portfolio, and two semesters in a clinical internship at a local school.

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Mary Ellen Beaty-O’Ferrall
Faculty Lead
Mary Ellen Beaty-O’Ferrall, PhD
mebo@jhu.edu

Liesl McNeal
Sr. Academic Program Coordinator
Liesl McNeal
410-516-9759
lmcneal@jhu.edu

Master of Arts in Teaching

At A Glance

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Format

FULL-TIME

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Location

BALTIMORE

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Credits

39

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Start Term 

SUMMER

 

 

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Completion Time

1 YEAR

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Application Deadline

APRIL 1, 2020

Application Requirements and Deadlines
Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (Accelerated/Full Time)
Start Terms:Summer (only)
Application Deadline: Last date that supporting application materials will be received (e.g., official transcripts, test scores, and recommendations)- April 1
Application Requirements: Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Essay:An essay describing your goals and how the program will assist meeting those goals

Baltimore Fellows Applicants (only)
An additional second essay is required.

Based on your undergraduate preparation at Johns Hopkins University and your experiences living in the city of Baltimore, provide a specific example of your commitment to working in challenging settings.
Letters of Recommendation:Three Letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your work with children and youth.
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Test Scores:Applicants with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in their most recently earned degree may be considered for admission without submitting a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Basic Skills Assessment Test. For candidates intending to submit a standardized testing score for admission, please visit the Maryland Department of Education website for a listing of the specific tests accepted.
Interview:A select number of applicants will be invited for an interview and asked to provide a written response to a prompt and to “audition” by responding to classroom scenarios provided by faculty interviewers.
Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

Master's Degree and Certificate Programs
Part-Time & Full-Time Graduate (face-to-face/lecture courses)$793 per credit
Online courses
**In addition, a $15 per credit technology fee will be assessed.
$840 per credit**
Full-Time Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling (Fellows)$840 per credit
MEd Education in the Health Professions & Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs$1,230 per credit*
*Classes in the Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) or Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs are $1,230 per credit, with the exception of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System employees, who pay $700 per credit.
MS in Education (International Teaching and Global Learning)$45,000 per academic year

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The most important benefit that you will receive from this program is endurance. The relationships you build here are not just for your time in the program, they are forever. You truly feel like a small family in the Johns Hopkins MAT program.

 

Chanel Allen, MS ’19
Third grade teacher, Gaithersburg, Md.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program transcends basic certification to prepare leaders at the classroom, school, and district levels. The program includes rigorous coursework, a digital portfolio, and two semesters in a clinical internship at a local school.

The MAT offers the tools and knowledge needed to teach 21st-century learners—including coverage of differentiated instruction techniques; mind-brain research; English language learning; universal design; and cultural and global proficiencies. The academic work is carefully integrated with the internships to provide exposure to a variety of educational environments. Candidates receive personalized coaching to aid professional growth, hone classroom outcomes, and prepare for certification.

The program is structured in a collaborative framework with opportunities to connect with peers, mentors, and faculty in ways that enrich coursework, field experiences, research, and career advancement. Candidates also connect with key education organizations in the university, such as the Neuro-Education Initiative, Center for Talented Youth, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and others.

*Note: The School of Education is not currently accepting applications or admitting new students into the Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary/Accelerated Program for the 2020-21 academic year. Prospective students interested in an initial teacher certification preparation master’s degree are encouraged to view the MS in Special Education: Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities program or the MSEd Urban Teachers program.

Master of Arts in Teaching

CORE FACULTY

Mary Ellen Beaty-O’Ferrall

Mary Ellen Beaty-O’Ferrall

Master of Arts in Teaching

PROGRAM PLAN

Students work with an adviser to complete a program of study that fulfills the Maryland State Department of Education requirements for certification as a teacher in Maryland. The MAT requires a minimum of 39 credits, and specific additional content-area coursework, which may be needed due to differences in undergraduate preparation. Students pursue the degree on an accelerated basis; the internship requires full-time teaching in a school setting.

Program requirements

The nationally recognized Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards guide the MAT program. Using these standards, students demonstrate their competence through a portfolio development process monitored by faculty and supervising teachers and their participation in a variety of field placements. Upon successful completion of the coursework, internship, and Praxis II exams, and presentation of the portfolio, students are eligible for Maryland State teacher certification. (Praxis is a professional assessment test for beginning teachers.)

Applicants with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in their most recently earned degree may be considered for admission without submitting a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Basic Skills Assessment Test. For candidates intending to submit a standardized testing score for admission, please visit the Maryland Department of Education website for a listing of the specific tests accepted. MAT students must pass PRAXIS II and TRE (5205) before program completion.

In addition, all students entering the program are required to complete a criminal disclosure statement and to undergo state and federal criminal background checks, revealing no history of criminal activity, prior to placement in any internship. (Under Maryland law, persons who have committed acts of violence or crimes against children are not eligible for teacher certification.)

MAT content requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching candidates must have sufficient content understanding to teach effectively. Guidelines for appropriate content are given by the Maryland State Department of Education (COMAR) and by the national professional organizations in each subject matter area. These guidelines have been used to develop supplemental content worksheets for the MAT Program. Program advisers use the supplemental content worksheets (listed below) to review candidate undergraduate coursework and determine needed prerequisites.

In general, most, if not all, content requirements are met through undergraduate coursework. Candidates should discuss their content background with their adviser upon entry to the program. Any content requirements that are identified will become part of the candidate’s official program plan, and as such, are considered to be requirements for graduation. All content requirements must be completed prior to graduation from the program.

CLEP examinations

With advisor approval, candidates may submit passing scores on CLEP examinations to meet supplemental content requirement needs.

Receiving Credit

To meet graduation requirements, the candidate must provide his/her advisor with an official transcript from the institution where he/she has taken additional courses or an official report of a CLEP examination.
To receive credit for a supplemental product, the candidate is responsible for presenting the product to his/her advisor for approval. A copy of the product will be kept in the candidate’s file.

Coursework

Elementary Education (39 credits hours)

ED.810.603 Methods of Teaching in Elementary School 1 (3 credits)

ED.810.604 Methods of Teaching in the Elementary School 2 (3 credits)

ED.810.602 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)

ED.887.615 Mind, Brain and Teaching (3 credits)

ED.810.606 Human Development and Learning (3 credits)

ED.884.501 Advanced Processes and Acquisition of Reading (3 credits)

ED.813.667 Instruction for Reading (3 credits)

ED.884.502 Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading (3 credits)

ED.813.669 Materials for Teaching Reading (3 credits)

ED.887.617 Neurobiology of Learning Differences (3 credits)

ED.810.679 Classroom Management

ED.810.607 Culturally Responsive Teaching

ED.810.641 Clinical Practice: Part 1 (1 credit)

ED.810.642 Clinical Practice: Part 2 (2 credits)

Secondary Education (39 credits hours)

Note: The School of Education is not currently accepting applications or admitting new students into the MAT Secondary Education program

810.602 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in School Settings

810.606 Human Development and Learning

810.607 Culturally Responsive Teaching

810.679 Classroom Management

810.611 Methods of Teaching in Secondary English: Part I

810.612 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Mathematics: Part I

810.613 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Science: Part I

810.614 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Social Studies: Part I

810.62X Special Topics in Secondary Education

  • 810.621 English
  • 810.622 Math
  • 810.623 Science
  • 810.624 Social Studies

810.63x Methods of Teaching in Secondary School: Part II

  • 810.631 English
  • 810.632 Math
  • 810.633 Science
  • 810.634 Social Studies

871.502 Educational Alternatives for Students with Special Needs

884.508 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part I

884.510 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part II

810.653 MAT Field Experience

810.646 MAT Clinical Practice for Secondary Candidates: Part I

810.647 MAT Clinical Practice for Secondary Candidates: Part II

810.645 Supervised Internship and Seminar in the Secondary Schools

 

Master of Arts in Teaching

WHAT TO EXPECT

Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching

The accelerated program allows candidates to complete a Maryland-accredited Master of Arts in Teaching degree that includes a supervised one-year teaching internship. The program is designed to develop and support innovative teachers committed to reaching the needs of today’s diverse learners in a variety of school settings over a 12-month format.

*Note: There are two options within this program.

  • The Baltimore Education Fellows is available to JHU Arts and Sciences graduates only and is supported by a scholarship.
  • The Traditional Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is for Elementary Education candidates who do internship in both urban and suburban settings. The Baltimore Education Fellows and the Traditional MAT programs begin every summer and end the following spring. With the convenient hybrid format, the first semester is completed online from any location. Beginning with the fall semester, students serve as interns during the school day, while taking classes in the evening two to three nights a week.

Accelerated Program Elements:

  • A total of 39 credits earned over a one-year or 18-month period
  • Eligibility for initial certification in Maryland upon completion of the program
  • One field experience in a school or community educational setting
  • Two clinical internships in schools that partner with the School of Education or are run by the School of Education
  • Combination of face-to-face and some online courses in the summer, fall, and spring semesters
  • Financial support available through financial aid and scholarships
Flexible Master of Arts in Teaching

*Note: The School of Education is not currently accepting applications or admitting new students into the flexible Master of Arts in Teaching program option

The flexible Master of Arts in Teaching option is designed for career changers and for individuals who need more flexibility to earn teaching certification. This 39-credit option begins each semester and allows students to progress in the coursework at their own pace within the five-year time limit set for completion of the degree. Candidates take courses with accelerated MAT candidates at both the Baltimore and Columbia, Md. locations. Successful candidates are eligible for certification and earn the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). As the final step in the program, candidates complete a full-time, 100-day clinical internship during which time they are not allowed to hold outside employment, unless they are a full-time teacher in their own private or public-school classroom.

Flexible Program Elements

  • A total of 39 credits earned over a maximum five-year period
  • Eligibility for initial certification in Maryland upon completion of the program
  • Certification areas include elementary and secondary education in the content areas of English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, earth/space science, physics), and social studies
  • One clinical internship in schools that partner with the School of Education
  • Combination of face-to-face and some online courses in summer, fall, and spring semesters and the January intersession
  • Classes are available at Baltimore and Columbia, Md. locations
  • Financial support available through financial aid and scholarships
Baltimore Education Fellows

The Baltimore Education Fellows Scholarship is open to recent graduates of Johns Hopkins University who want to make a difference in the classroom and are interested in urban education reform. The scholarship provides for full-tuition support for deserving and highly qualified candidates who have a desire to gain experience in the most challenged and low-performing schools.

Baltimore Education Fellows are enrolled in the Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching program, with a few variations based on the intent of the scholarship:

  • Certification areas are in elementary education*
  • One pre-internship in a community and educational setting in Baltimore City
  • Two clinical internships in Baltimore City schools only, with priority given to JHU-operated schools

*Note: Applicants will follow the regular admissions procedures for the Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Field experience

The School of Education MAT includes three separate K–12 field experiences, with opportunities to work with general education students, as well as English language learners, gifted, and special education students. Our partnership schools are crucial training grounds for our candidates who assume the responsibilities of teachers as they earn a degree.

Field Experience office page

MAT certification

To be recommended for Maryland teacher certification, students must complete the MAT program and pass all Praxis I/Core and II exams required by the state (or state-approved alternatives). Note: Praxis II requirements vary by program option. Teacher candidates may pursue certification in the following areas of concentration:

  • Elementary Education (grades 1–6).
  • Secondary Education (grades 7–12). Content areas for secondary education certification include English and social studies.
Reciprocal certification

The MAT program at Johns Hopkins University leads to teacher certification in the State of Maryland, which reciprocates with most other states

Master of Arts in Teaching

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there any prerequisites for the MAT program?

Yes, students seeking certification as elementary teachers must have both breadth and depth of background across the liberal arts demonstrated by approximately 48 credits in liberal arts course work or equivalent documented experience.

Where are classes held?

The program includes both in person and online courses. The in-person classes meet at the JHU Education Building in Baltimore. There is an internship component to the program; during the internship students are placed in our partner schools (located in Baltimore City in close proximity to the Education Building)

Are candidates considered for scholarships when they apply, or is there a separate scholarship application?

The SOE offers a limited number of partial, need-based institutional scholarships each year, which are handled through our financial aid office: https://education.jhu.edu/admission-financial-aid/apply-for-financial-aid/grants-scholarships/.

Is there support for finding teaching positions?

Each year the Student Affairs Office hosts a recruitment fair, and schools from the local region send representatives and conduct interviews on site.

How are internship placements made?

The School Liaison works closely with school partners to make placements that provide a rich diversity of experiences with highly qualified mentor teachers.

Master of Arts in Teaching

State Authorization Disclosure Regarding Educational Prerequisites

Federal regulations require Johns Hopkins to disclose to students considering enrollment or enrolled in this program whether or not it meets educational prerequisites for licensure or certification by state.

Educational Prerequisites for Professional Licensure or Certification

Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland. Maryland has a licensure agreement that provides for reciprocity with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont. The licensure agreement provides for reciprocity with conditions in the following states: Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Virginia, Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.