Become a STEM Educator and Inspire a New Generation of Learners
There is a critical need for new teachers, both in Maryland and across the nation. Since 2021, Maryland has been increasing its education funding by billions of dollars per year to improve student outcomes and the overall quality of education. To meet both goals, school systems throughout the state of Maryland need nearly 2,000 new middle and high school teachers every year through 2030.
Stevenson University Online’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a STEM focus prepares you for initial certification in secondary education (grades 7-12). Our online master’s program is designed for conditionally certified teachers, recent graduates, and career changers. Through a combination of online coursework, authentic field experiences, and a teaching internship, students gain the knowledge, skills, and disposition to engage and inspire students in collaborative, innovative, and project-based learning.
Stevenson University’s educator preparation programs are approved by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Graduates who successfully complete the MAT program, including achieving qualifying scores on Praxis® Core (or meeting the qualifying scores on either Praxis® I, SAT, ACT, or GRE and Praxis® II,), are eligible for teaching certification in Maryland and in states with reciprocal agreements with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in the areas of secondary biology, chemistry, earth/space science, physics, physical science and mathematics.
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Become a Certified & Licensed STEM Educator
Candidates who successfully complete our master’s in teaching online program are eligible for a teaching certificate in Maryland and in states with reciprocal agreements with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
Master of Arts in Teaching (STEM) Graduates are Eligible to Teach:
- Secondary Biology
- Earth/Space Science
- Physical Science
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- Completed online application
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a science or math discipline or related field from a regionally accredited institution
- Official college transcripts from all previous academic work. If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States, students must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from an organization that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A member list is available on the NACES website.
- 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 the field of licensure (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, Physics, or Mathematics) requirements.
- Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
- Personal statement
Prior to the Master of Arts in 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)
Master of Arts in Teaching Online 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
- Qualifying scores according to MSDE certification criteria.
- Original action research project on a topic related to instructional practice
- Minimum 3.00 GPA
$505.00 Per Credit / $1,515.00 Per Course (3 Credits)
- MAT graduate students may be eligible for some State of Maryland grant and scholarship programs, including the Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship.
- Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your online MAT program by eliminating all fees.
- Psychology and Development of Adolescents
- STEM Curriculum Principles and Practice
- Principles of Assessment
- Principles of Special Education
- Issues in STEM Education
Education Certificate Options
Stevenson offers three distinct, fully-online graduate certificate programs for those interested in advancing their careers in either formal or non-formal education settings. Students can select from certificate options in:
- Community-Based Education and Leadership (15 credit hours)
- Literacy Education (15 credit hours)
- Secondary STEM Teaching and Learning (18 credit hours)