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Master of Arts in Teaching/10-month MAT

Become a teacher in less than a year! Earn your Master of Arts in Teaching degree and Maryland teaching certification through our Graduate Education Internship program.

Program Overview

What our students say about the program.

  • Accelerated program allows you to earn your MAT leading to teacher certification in only 10 months
  • Internship during the academic year provides in-school experience
  • Learn from a leader in teacher education: NDMU prepares effective and highly qualified educators for Maryland schools
  • Cohort model: attend classes and learn with the same group of students throughout the duration of the program
  • Courses are held in afternoons on Notre Dame’s main campus in Baltimore. Some program components may require evening and/or Saturday courses.
  • Meets initial certification requirements for elementary, secondary, special, and early childhood education. 
  • Approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


This is a full-time commitment, given the internship and the coursework. On-Campus housing available.

All incoming students: Bachelor’s degree with a strong academic background (GPA of 3.0 or above) preferred

Elementary school candidates: Strong liberal arts background preferred

Secondary school candidates: Undergraduate degree or significant course work in a content area (for example: mathematics, English, Spanish) required.

Special education/general education dual certification candidates: Must meet elementary or secondary school candidate requirements.

About the internship

  • Apprentice for 20 hours a week the first semester, full time the second semester
  • Internship conducted under the supervision of a mentor teacher
  • Internship placements in public schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Anne Arundel County
  • Interns attend graduate courses as a cohort throughout the school year.  Interns will complete the program and graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in May – completing all degree and certification requirements in just 10 months!


  • Art or Music (PreK-12) 
  • Early Childhood Education as dual certification with Elementary Education (PreK-6)
  • Special Education (alone or as dual certification with either Elementary or Secondary Education)
  • Elementary Education (1-6)
  • Secondary Subjects: Business, Computer Science, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Theater (7-12) or World Languages (PreK-12)

To satisfy state certification requirements, candidates must successfully complete the coursework, internship, ePortfolio and Praxis II exams in the area of certification.

The Notre Dame Difference

  • Notre Dame has been preparing teachers for over 120 years. We are the top provider of initial teacher certification among all private colleges in Maryland.
  • Cohort structure gives interns a supportive environment in which to succeed.
  • We are one of 5% of teacher preparation programs nationwide that provide a year-long internship experience. Research literature supports that an extended internship is a key factor in preparing effective teachers. Our teacher candidates receive support from mentor teachers and coaches throughout the internship experience. 

Admissions Requirements

Application deadline has been extended to May 15, 2016 to begin the program in July 2016.

Admissions requirements for graduate level teacher certification programs include:

1. Graduate Studies application form     (Application form available online)

2. Official transcript(s) sent directly to Graduate Admissions Office

If applicable, please provide all official transcripts from undergraduate, graduate and/or community college course work.  Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to the Graduate Admissions Office at gradadm@ndm.edu.  

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official translated transcript. For information about a World Education Services (WES) evaluation for course equivalency, please visit www.wes.org.

3. Three Letters of Recommendation    

Letters of recommendation are required for all ACT, MAT and MATESOL applicants who are not currently working in schools.  If an applicant is currently a full-time employee of a public school system or a private school, the recommendation letters are waived.  Recommendation form is available online at www.ndm.edu/admissions/graduate-studies/apply-for-admission/

4. Admissions essay       (Essay is waived for students who have completed a previous master’s degree.)

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay:

1. Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.

2. Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. What were the challenges involved? What were the accomplishments? Finally, what did you learn from the work?

(Email your essay to gradadm@ndm.edu or mail it with your application to the Graduate Admissions Office)

5. Praxis Scores – or Alternate Acceptable Test Scores (Only applicants seeking initial teacher certification.)

Effective September 1, 2014, the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test replaces the Praxis I test. The following lists the test code, name and qualifying scores for Praxis CORE. Candidates must achieve the qualifying score on each of the assessments; there is no composite score.

5712 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading Passing score of 156
5722 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing Passing score of 162
5732 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics Passing score of 150

The State of Maryland will also accept the following options from candidates:

  • Praxis I: PPST scores taken before September 2014: composite score of 527 of higher, calculated by adding the highest Reading, Writing, and Math scores earned. 
  • SAT test taken after April 1995: combined math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1100
  • SAT test taken prior to April 1995: math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
  • ACT composite score of 24 (ACT composite score is the average of the tests)
  • GRE revised General Test: composite of the combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. Candidates who took the GRE test prior to September 2011 will use the old composite score of 1000.


Application materials must be submitted to:
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Graduate Admissions Office
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210


Core Courses (all certification areas)
EDU-519 Human Development and Learning (3)
EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Research (3)
SPE-526 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (3)

Secondary Education
EDU-580 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (3)
EDU-551 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3)
EDU-544 Educational Assessment (3)

Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School—one selected from the following
EDU-530 Art, PreK-12 (3)*
EDU-531 English (3)*
EDU-532 Foreign Language (3)*
EDU-533 Mathematics (3)*
EDU-537 Science (3)*
EDU-539 Social Studies (3)*

Student Teaching—select one from the following
EDU-601 Internship: Student Teaching in Secondary School (6) or
EDU-605 Internship: Student Teaching in Art, PreK-12 (6)

Elementary Education
EDU-509 Processes and Acquisition of Reading (3)
EDU-510 Elementary Reading Materials (3)
EDU-511 Elementary Reading Assessment (3)
EDU-542 Instruction in Reading (3)*
EDU-592 Mathematics in the Elementary School (3)*
EDU-602 Internship: Student Teaching in the Elementary School (6)

Early Childhood with Elementary Education
EDU-515 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)*
EDU-603 Internship: Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (3) Taken concurrently with EDU-602

Special Education with Elementary or Secondary Education
SPE-543/544 Assessment of Special Needs Populations (3)
SPE-546 Methods of Teaching Students with Special Needs (3)*
SPE-570 Individualizing the Curriculum (Elementary) (3) Or
SPE-571 Vocational Skills in Special Education Methods (Secondary) (3)
SPE-576 Communication Skills for the School-Based Professional (3)
SPE-601 Internship: Student Teaching in Special Education (3) Taken concurrently with EDU-601 or 602

*Indicates a methods course; students must earn a grade of B or higher.

Alumni and Career Opportunities

Graduate James Cardarella describes why he chose the GEI program at Notre Dame. James now teaches special education at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City.

Two years ago, I made the decision to leave a thirteen-year career and pursue a long-held dream of becoming a teacher. Having made the decision, I did a considerable amount of research on the various programs to achieve my goal. I decided on Notre Dame of Maryland University because I recognized the importance of gaining solid teaching experience (ie. internship/student teaching) before being responsible for a classroom of my own. I also wanted a program that was relatively expedient but without sacrificing the academic rigor of the program. My research indicated that NDMU’s quality of instruction was comparable to that of any other education program in the state.

The NDMU GEI program made for a challenging year. I spent equal parts of the school year in college classrooms and an internship in Baltimore City. The individuals at the helm of the GEI program took great care in choosing my internship placement. I was placed in a school that expected a great deal from its interns.  It also provided the opportunity to engage in practicing our chosen craft almost from the first day.  As a result of the combined experience of my internship and my studies, I believe I entered my first year of teaching much better prepared than I would have had I chosen any of the other programs I researched.

I completed a busy and demanding year of the GEI program and was fortunate enough to be hired by the school where I completed my entire internship, and the job has been just as meaningful and fulfilling as I had always hoped."

Notre Dame alum Leslie Diaz describes how the GEI program prepared her for her current job teaching 5th grade in Montgomery County.

Notre Dame had the exact program that I was looking for. The GEI program provided me with rich experience on and off campus. As I researched different programs, I realized the Notre Dame was one of the few universities that allowed students to obtain a great deal of field experience. I did my internship/student teaching at 2 different schools and obtained the training that prepared me very well for my career. In addition, through this program you can obtain your masters and teaching certification in 10 months. It was challenging, but I had a lot of support from the staff and classmates. Moreover, the GEI program allows you to obtain a dual certification, this is a plus when you are looking for a job.

I really enjoyed being part of a cohort. I was able to start and end the program with a group that provided me with a lot of support. Begin with the same people from beginning to end allowed us to learn from each other and gain knowledge about different counties and schools.

Everyone in the program helped me to be successful. We were like a family during the time that we spent together. We received a tremendous amount of support from the faculty. I developed a close relationship with many of my professors, and I felt like I could always go to them for help. My supervisor was always available to help, and we still keep in touch.

Today, I am a 5th grade general education teacher. The 10 month long field experience prepared me the most for my teaching job. I learned so much from my professors but it was in the classrooms that I was able to apply that knowledge, learn from my mistakes, and obtain ideas and resources from experienced teachers. I did not realize how important all the special education courses would be. I ended up taking a general education teaching position, but I use the information and strategies that I learned in the special education classes on a daily basis.”

Each July, GEI program alums return to campus to share their perspectives with the new class of interns.  Now starting their teaching careers, our graduates agree that the yearlong internship was essential for their development as teachers.

 GEI alums presenting at New Student Orientation 

The GEI program gave me the confidence and skills to lead in the classroom.  The program offers the opportunity for so much classroom facetime and experience that prepared me for my first day on my own.” 

Jeremy completed GEI in 2012 and now teaches at Pikesville Middle School in Baltimore County.

Notre Dame is here to support you in your job search.

We are proud to announce that the 2014-2015 cohort of MAT/GEI graduates have ALL accepted full-time teaching jobs.  We wish them luck as they begin their teaching careers this fall. 

Notre Dame offers more programs in teacher shortage areas than any other institution in Maryland. By providing programs in these much-needed areas, we help our local schools systems find new teachers and our graduates find teaching jobs. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education prepares a list of shortage areas. For the 2014-2015 school year, the declared teacher shortage areas in Maryland are:

  • Career and Technology Areas (Grades 7 - 12) including Family and Consumer Sciences and Health Occupations (not offered at NDMU)
  • Computer Science (Grades 7 - 12)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (Pre-K– Grade 12)
  • Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
  • Science Areas (Grades 7-12) including Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, and Physics
  • Special Education Areas at all grade levels
  • World Language Areas (Pre-K- Grade 12) including Chinese and Spanish

Our Career Center is available to graduate students with services including career counseling, resume writing assistance, interview coaching and job listings.  During the spring semester, the GEI program director holds job search seminars to help GEI students navigate the application and interview process.  Many local school districts hold screening interviews for teaching jobs right here on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

1)      What is the cost of the program?

The $23,500 program cost (for SY 16-17) includes tuition and all required fees. Textbooks and course resources are paid by the student. GEI program participants are eligible to enroll in the student health insurance plan at their own expense. Financial aid is available for accepted students.

2)      My GPA is below a 3.0.  Can I still apply to the program?

You may still apply to the program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0. The program director will review your application materials and may ask you to complete additional academic testing on our campus for your application to be considered.

3)      Can I apply to the program before my undergraduate degree is conferred?

You may apply to the program and interview during the last semester of your undergraduate program. You will not be fully accepted into the program until you have an official transcript with a conferred bachelor’s degree. Please bring an unofficial transcript with your scheduled courses to your interview.

4)      Can I start classes before or after the July start date?

GEI is a cohort program, so it is essential that all students begin the program at the end of July.  If you need prerequisite courses to build your content knowledge, you may take those courses before July.

5)      Can I work while completing the program?

The GEI program requires a full-time commitment during the time you are enrolled.

6)      What financial aid is available?  Are there any grants or scholarships available?

Student loans are available, and you will need to complete the FAFSA form. Please check the work study box on the FAFSA form to apply for a federal work study position. There are grants available for teachers in high need content areas, such as the federal TEACH grant and the state Workforce Shortage grant.  The Hattie Strong Foundation also offers a $5,000 scholarship to one GEI student each year. Students can apply for the Hattie Strong scholarship during the fall semester while enrolled in the program.  The Central Scholarship organization also has a few different scholarships available for Maryland residents planning to teach, worth up to $5,000.

For more information, please read Financial Aid for Graduate Students

7)      How can I get my transcript reviewed for prerequisite courses?  If I need prerequisite courses, can I complete them during the program or should I complete them before starting the program?

Transcripts will be reviewed as part of the admissions process following receipt of a complete application packet. We highly recommend that you complete any prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program. Candidates may take prerequisites during the program but need to be aware that these courses would be in addition to the demanding GEI course load.

8)      When are applications due?  Where do I send my application?

Applications are due by May 1, 2016 for the cohort beginning in July 2016. We offer rolling admissions with applications reviewed as soon as they are complete, so we recommend applying early. Please send all application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

9)   What is required for my letters of recommendation?

You will submit three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references, with at least one reference coming from an employer or supervisor. We have a recommendation form available online. Your reference may attach a supplemental letter to the form, although it is not required.

10)   What Praxis tests should I take?

You must provide passing Praxis CORE scores or qualifying Praxis I, SAT, ACT, or GRE scores at the time of application. Praxis II tests are based on your content area and are taken during the GEI program in preparation for certification.

11)   Do you have information sessions for this program?

We would encourage you to attend our information sessions, held periodically on campus. Check-in starts at 5:30pm and the presentation begins at 6pm. By attending the information session, you will be able to visit our campus, meet with an advisor, and receive a waiver for your application fee. Register at www.ndm.edu/essentialcredential.

12)   I have more questions!  Who should I call?

For program questions and admissions information:

Megan Bowen
Director of Admissions and Advising for Graduate Initial Certification

For transcript reviews:

Carol Rabin
Assistant Professor
Graduate Education Internship Program Director