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Master of Arts in Teaching

To the Front of the Class

Apply your experience in biology, chemistry, or mathematics to influence the next generation

  • Program Overview

    Be the spark that ignites students' learning in STEM.

    Stevenson’s new Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics with a STEM focus is designed for career changers and recent science and math baccalaureate degree graduates who have a desire to inspire and empower a new generation of learners in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. 


    There are current and future critical needs for highly qualified teachers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). Stevenson is poised to meet this need through its innovative M.A.T. program. As a graduate of this program, you will meet all Maryland initial certification requirements for teaching biology, chemistry, or mathematics at the middle and high school levels (grades 7-12) and be well-versed in STEM education. STEM education is an approach to learning that integrates the content and practices of the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines to engage students in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation for solving real world challenges. 

    Through online coursework, face-to-face residencies, and classroom field experiences, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be a successful STEM teacher. Integrating theory and practice, the sequence of courses provides a strong foundation in adolescent development; curriculum planning; instructional design; assessment; and methods and technologies for teaching science and math. Designed for the working professional, this online part-time program can be completed within two years, includes two summer residencies and a full-time teaching internship in the last semester. 

  • Courses


    Course Schedule 2015-16

    Download the PDF below to view the courses scheduled through fall 2016.

    Course Schedule

    Stevenson’s M.A.T. is an online cohort program. A cohort model is one in which candidates begin the program at the same time and follow a sequential course track in order to graduate as a group. Cohort members build strong relationships and develop a sense of community as they engage in learning that is collaborative and team-based. 

    Courses are offered in accelerated 8-week sessions with cohorts starting in the fall (August) and spring (January) semesters. In the final semester, teacher candidates complete a full-time teaching internship as a requirement of certification.  The sequence of courses for both options is listed in the Course Sequence Chart.

    Required Courses

    • ED 510 Psychology and Development of Adolescents
    • ED 605 Curriculum Principles and Practice
    • ED 615 Principles of Assessment
    • ED 620 Reading in the STEM Content Areas Part I
    • ED 625 Reading in the STEM Content Areas Part II
    • ED 630 Principles of Special Education
    • ED 640 Methods and Technologies of Teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics with a STEM focus I 
    • ED 645 Methods and Technologies of Teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics with a STEM focus II 
    • ED 690 Issues in STEM Education
    • ED 710 Professional Internship
  • Admission Requirements

    Admissions Requirements

    • Completed online application
    • Official transcripts from each college or university attended verifying completion of baccalaureate degree in a science or math discipline from a regionally accredited institution
    • Analysis of transcripts to determine if all required content coursework has been met to satisfy field of licensure (biology, chemistry, or mathematics) requirements
    • Qualifying score on either PRAXIS® Core Academic Skills, PRAXIS® I, GRE, SAT, or ACT according to MSDE certification criteria.
    • Two letters of recommendation – professional or academic
    • An admission interview is required for the 15-month accelerated program.

    Prior to Teaching Internship

    • Completion of any additional undergraduate-level content coursework necessary to meet the 30 credit hour course requirements in the field of licensure 
    • Criminal background check and fingerprinting
    • Passing score on PRAXIS® II Subject Assessment for the intended area of certification (biology, chemistry, or mathematics)

    Degree Requirements

    • 100-day teaching internship that takes places across two semesters, one semester being a full-time teaching experience
    • Successful portfolio review documenting mastery of core teacher standards
    • Demonstrated competency on the Maryland Teacher Technology Standards and Maryland STEM Standards of Practice
    • Original action research project on a topic related to instructional practice
    • Minimum 3.00 GPA
    • Qualifying scores on PRAXIS® II
  • Faculty



    Anne P. Davis
    Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Teacher Education
    B.S., Virginia Polytechnic and State University
    M.S., Cornell University
    D.M., University of Maryland, University College

    Part-time Faculty

    Cindy Appleby
    Adjunct Instructor, GPS Teacher Education
    B.A., University of North Carolina, Ashville
    M.Ed., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Sharon Bowers
    Senior STEM Education Specialist, National Institute of Aerospace
    B.A., McDaniel College
    M.Ed., McDaniel College

    D’Andrea Jacobs, NCSP
    Adjunct Professor, GPS Teacher Education
    B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    M.A., Michigan State University
    Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Holly Matla
    Adjunct Instructor, GPS Teacher Education
    B.A., University of Toledo
    M.Ed., Bowling Green University

    Janet L. Ohlemacher
    Adjunct Professor, GPS Teacher Education
    B.A., Barry University
    M.S., NOVA Universit
    Ed.D., Cardinal Stritch Universityy

    Stacy Zell
    Adjunct Professor, GPS Teacher Education
    B.S., University of Maryland, College Park
    Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic and State University

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    Part-time tuition (per credit): $475
    Fees (per semester): $125

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