• Program Overview

    Program Overview

    Taking on the responsibility of molding young minds and future generations is no small feat. It requires preparing for all of the challenges the classroom environment can bring. Even though you may be an expert in math or science, becoming an effective educator requires more than extensive knowledge of a subject. The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Stevenson University Online will prepare adult learners for the classroom through a combination of online instruction and full-time classroom teaching experience. The result is a MAT degree that will open new career opportunities in the world of education, placing you in a position to lead the young learners of tomorrow on their journey to greater knowledge. 

    Complete Education

    Stevenson University Online’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for math and science baccalaureate degree graduates who possess a desire to teach and a passion for inspiring a new generation of learners. Graduates of the MAT online program will meet all Maryland initial certification requirements for teaching middle or high school levels (7-12) in one of six math or science content areas. Upon graduation, professionals will be well-versed in the integrative and collaborative inquiry-based practices of STEM teaching and learning.

    Stevenson University Online offers the Master of Arts in Teaching online courses as cohort program in which students start in either the fall or spring semesters. They follow the same sequential course track to graduate as a group, working together as they learn. Courses are offered in 8-week sessions and concentrate on areas including STEM curriculum principles, special education, literary strategies, and the psychology and development of adolescents. Stevenson University’s educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

    MAT Content Areas

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth/Space Science
    • Physical Science
    • Physics
    • Mathematics 

    Certificate Option 

    Stevenson also offers an 18-credit online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary STEM Teaching and Learning for current middle or high school math and science teachers.

  • Courses

    Courses

    • ED 510 - Psychology and Development of Adolescents

      3 credits

      Explores current theories and practices in the teaching/learning process from the perspective of adolescent development. The course will cover the dynamics of learning, environmental and cultural influences in the classroom, learning theory, cognitive mechanisms, and classroom dynamics. Focus is given to the physical, cognitive, and social/personality areas of growth. This course includes a required two day face to face residency.

    • ED 605 - STEM Curriculum Principles and Practices

      3 credits

      Provides a theoretical framework for understanding the teaching-learning process and the art and science of teaching secondary math and science with an integrated STEM approach. Candidates develop a professional knowledge base and build a repertoire of instructional strategies and techniques.

    • ED 615 - Principles of Assessment

      3 credits

      Examines principles and practices of educational assessment. Teacher candidates examine current issues in measurement, analyze multiple assessment methods, and interpret standardized assessment results. Action research is explored as strategy for creating performance-based assessments to meet individual learning needs.

    • ED 620 - Literacy Strategies in the STEM Content Areas

      3 credits

      Focuses on the reading process in the STEM content areas, including comprehending, analyzing and extending meaning from texts. Candidates examine the factors that affect reading performance and review the strategies and materials appropriate for each of the purposes of reading. Candidates study the frameworks for planning instruction which prepare students for the reading task, assist in monitoring while reading, and plan to engage students in appropriate follow-up activities.

    • ED 625 - Advanced Literacy Strategies in the STEM Content Areas

      3 credits

      Focuses on the design and implementation of a literacy program for adolescents that meets the needs of various learners and supports content area learning. Teacher candidates use a variety of strategies to promote student independence in content area reading. Candidates incorporate methods in the content areas to address the diverse backgrounds of their students, including culture, language (dialect and ESOL), disabilities, and giftedness. Candidates explore multiple literacies and disciplinary literacy in the STEM content areas as well as ways to assess student literacy.

    • ED 630 - Principles of Special Education

      3 credits

      Provides background in special education principles for the classroom teacher. This course includes information on the requirements of specific disabilities, and how to adapt the curriculum and environment to meet the needs of children with special needs. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ED 605

    • ED 640 - Methods and Technologies of Teaching Secondary Math and Science with a STEM Focus I

      3 credits

      Includes an in-depth study of the philosophy, resources, curriculum, instructional strategies and assessment practices necessary to design a learning environment focused on the developmental characteristics of adolescents. The course emphasizes state and national science and mathematics standards, process skills and the major concepts of the disciplines. Candidates engage in constructivist teaching methods including: collaboration, 5 E cycle, investigation, inquiry, discovery and project-based learning. The importance of creating and maintaining a safe and supportive classroom is addressed. Appropriate use of technology and instrumentation to enhance learning is identified and explored. Assessment of processes and content lead candidates to explore a variety of assessment strategies appropriate to the diverse needs of adolescent learners. This course includes teaching internship days toward the required 100-day internship. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ED 605

    • ED 645 - Methods and Technologies of Teaching Secondary Math and Science with a STEM focus II

      3 credits

      Continues the study of the philosophy, resources, curriculum, instructional strategies and assessment practices necessary to design a learning environment focused on the developmental characteristics of adolescents. The course emphasizes state and national science and mathematics standards, process skills and major concepts of the disciplines. The course continues an exploration of strategies for creating a safe and supportive classroom and the adaptation of technology to enhance learning. Candidates engage in design, implementation, and assessment of constructivist-based STEM instructional strategies. This course includes classroom field experiences. This course includes teaching internship days toward the required 100-day internship.

    • ED 690 - Issues in STEM Education

      3 credits

      Introduces candidates to the political, economic, social, and/or pedagogical issues shaping secondary and STEM education policy and practice. Candidates explore current issues through research and discussion, identify issues that emerge in practice, and engage stakeholders in problem solving.

    • ED 710 - Professional Internship

      6 credits

      Provides opportunities for teacher candidates to integrate theory and practice. Candidates proceed from introductory participation to full professional teaching responsibilities including planning and implementation of curriculum and assessment of student learning. Candidates conduct action research with the goals of gaining insights, developing reflective practice, making a positive contribution to the school environment, and achieving student learning outcomes. Candidates complete their minimum 100-day internship in a secondary classroom and complete a professional development portfolio.

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • Completed online application
    • Completion of bachelor’s degree in a science or math discipline from a regionally accredited institution
    • Official college transcript from your degree-granting institution; additional transcripts may be required to demonstrate satisfaction of program-specific prerequisites or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work
    • Analysis of transcripts to determine if all required content coursework has been met to satisfy field of licensure (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, Physics, or Mathematics) requirements.
    • Qualifying score on PRAXIS CORE, PRAXIS I, GRE, SAT, or ACT according to MSDE certification criteria.
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • Personal statement

    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
    Tuition Per Credit $495.00 Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    $1,485.00
    • Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees. 
    • Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Anne P. Davis (2014)
    Associate Dean and Professor, Graduate Education
    B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    M.S., Cornell University
    D.M., University of Maryland, University College

    Cindy Appleby (2014)
    Adjunct Instructor, Graduate Education
    B.A., University of North Carolina, Ashville
    M.Ed., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Sharon Bowers (2014)
    Senior STEM Education Specialist, National Institute of Aerospace
    B.A., McDaniel College
    M.Ed., McDaniel College
    Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Mary Carol Greenwalt (2016)
    Educational Supervisor, Graduate Education
    B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County

    Ann Horn (2015)
    Adjunct Instructor & Educational Supervisor, Graduate Education
    B.A., McDaniel College
    M.Ed., American University

    Robert Jackson (2017)
    Adjunct Instructor, Graduate Education
    B.S., Stevenson University
    M.S., Stevenson University
    MAT, Stevenson University

    D’Andrea Jacobs, NCSP (2014)
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate Education
    B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    M.A., Michigan State University
    Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Amy Parlette (2017)
    Adjunct Instructor, Graduate Education
    B.S., University of Maryland College Park
    M.S., Johns Hopkins University
    Ph.D., Capella University

    Holly Sobecki (2014)
    Adjunct Instructor, Graduate Education
    B.A., University of Toledo
    M.Ed., Bowling Green University