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Loyola launches one-year MAT program

Loyola University Maryland

November 14, 2017


Beginning in summer 2018, Loyola University Maryland will offer a new full-time, one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), leading to a master’s degree and initial teacher certification.

The MAT program offers a rich integration of traditional elementary and secondary education coursework requirements with studies in equity and social justice in education, particularly in urban school settings. Students enrolled in the full-time, one year program will take the same courses as the part-time program at an accelerated pace as a cohort.

Field experiences and internships will take place in schools in the Baltimore area.

“There is a need for strong teachers in the classroom, particularly in urban communities, and aspiring teachers, especially career changers and recent grads, are seeking to gain these skills as soon as possible to start their career as a highly sought-after, effective teacher,” said Afra Hersi, Ph.D., chair of the teacher education department. “We want to build up the supply of excellent teachers who are empowered to affect change in the lives of the students in their classrooms. The emphasis on urban education, and preparing teachers who are committed to equity, speaks directly to Loyola’s Jesuit social justice mission and ideals”.