One-Year & Accelerated Options

The deadline for our Accelerated Option Program has been extended to December 1, 2017. While we will continue to accept applications and materials after December 1, we cannot guarantee there will be space available in the accelerated option

The One-Year option provides the opportunity for full-time graduate study leading to teacher certification in one of the General Education concentrations - Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary.

The Accelerated option is specifically for Special Education concentrations. The first semester of the program is completed part-time, followed by full-time graduate study leading to initial certification in 18 months.

One-Year Option for General Education Concentrations

The One-Year option provides the opportunity for full-time graduate study leading to teacher certification in one of the General Education concentrations – Early Childhood, Elementary or SecondaryStudents complete the M.A.T degree and certification requirements in four semesters: summer, fall, minimester and spring. This option begins only in the summer semester when courses are taken in the mornings and afternoons. During the fall, minimester and spring semesters, students have program requirements throughout the day and some evenings.

The deadline for application to the One-Year Option is March 1, 2018. Space limitations apply. While we will continue to accept applications and materials after March 1, we cannot guarantee there will be space available in the one-year option.

A maximum of two uncompleted prerequisites may be pending when MAT courses start.

ONE YEAR OPTION

Transcript Analysis Process

Have you submitted your transcripts to the M.A.T office for an analysis? A transcript analysis determines the content area prerequisites you may be required to complete in addition to M.A.T program course work. In order to join the One-Year option, you must have all but two content area prerequisites completed.

It is highly recommended that you request a transcript analysis at least two semesters prior to the start of your One-Year program. This will give you time to complete any prerequisite content course(s) and be eligible for admission to the program.

Please send a brief cover letter stating your intended area of concentration along with your name, mailing address, email address and telephone number. Also include an official or unofficial copy of your transcripts from all two- and four-year colleges/universities you have attended. If you submit official transcripts to the MAT office, they will be shared with the Graduate Admissions office.

Transcript analysis requests can be emailed to or mailed to:

MAT Program Coordinator
College of Education
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

You will receive written notification of your transcript analysis results by email.  Any missing content area prerequisites required for the program will be identified. You may also send an unofficial transcripts by email to .

To see the content checklists for each certification area, visit the Admission Requirements and Deadlines page.

Professional Year Internships

During the fall semester, the Professional Year begins with students interning two days per week in a public school as well as taking Curriculum and Clinical courses. These courses provide opportunities for students to make important connections between theory and practice.

During the minimester, students complete one course and continue to intern two days per week.

Students then enter the final spring semester of the program, interning five days per week while finishing the remainder of the Clinical courses. Students are required to have their own transportation for all internship requirements.

Teacher Certification Requirements

In addition to completing the M.A.T. program requirements, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires that all applicants for state teaching licensure successfully complete the PRAXIS II examinations in their area of specialization.

Program Highlights

Benefits of the One-Year Option

  • Students earn a master’s degree and eligibility for initial certification in one year.
  • One-Year students complete the program in a cohort, taking courses together throughout the year.
  • During the summer semester courses are offered during the day.

University Faculty

  • MAT faculty are experienced practitioners who model best practices and are actively involved in the field of education.

Advisement

  • MAT advisors offer individualized attention to each student’s program of study.

Field Experiences in Varied Settings

  • During the Professional Year, students have internship placements in two public schools. 

Portfolio Assessment

  • With the full support of MAT faculty, each candidate creates a Summative Portfolio as a program exit requirement.

 

Accelerated Option for Special Education Concentrations

The Accelerated option is completed in 18 months. The program leads to teacher certification in one of the following Special Education concentrations – Infant/Primary, Elementary/Middle, or Secondary/Adult. A content concentration in biology, English, mathematics or social studies is required for the Secondary/Adult track.

This option begins only in the spring semester when courses are taken part-time in the evening. During the subsequent summer, fall, minimester and spring semesters, students have program requirements throughout the day and some evenings.

The deadline for application to the Accelerated option is December 1st. Space limitations apply.

A maximum of two uncompleted prerequisites may be pending when courses start.

Accelerated option for special education concentrations

Transcript Analysis Process

Have you submitted your transcripts to the M.A.T office for an analysis? A transcript analysis determines the content area prerequisites you may be required to complete in addition to M.A.T program course work. In order to join the Accelerated option, you must have all but two content area prerequisites completed.

It is highly recommended that you request a transcript analysis at least two semesters prior to the start of your Accelerated program. This will give you time to complete any prerequisite content course(s) and be eligible for admission to the program.

Please send a brief cover letter stating your intended area of concentration along with your name, mailing address, email address and telephone number. Also include an official or unofficial copy of your transcripts from all two- and four-year colleges/universities you have attended. If you submit official transcripts to the MAT office, they will be shared with the Graduate Admissions office.

Transcript analysis requests can be emailed to  or mailed to:

MAT Program Coordinator 
College of Education 
Towson University 
8000 York Road 
Towson, MD 21252

You will receive written notification of your transcript analysis results by email.  Any missing content area prerequisites required for the program will be identified. You may also send an unofficial transcripts by email to .

To see the content checklists for each certification area, visit the Admission Requirements and Deadlines page.

Professional Year Internships

During the fall semester, the Professional Year begins with students interning two days per week as well as taking Curriculum and Clinical courses. These courses provide opportunities for students to make important connections between theory and practice.

During the minimester, students complete one course.

Students then enter the final spring semester of the program, interning five days per week while finishing the remainder of the Clinical courses. Students are required to have their own transportation for all internship requirements.

 Teacher Certification Requirements
 

In addition to completing the M.A.T. program requirements, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires that all applicants for state teaching licensure successfully complete the PRAXIS II examinations in their area of specialization.

Program Highlights
  • Students earn a master’s degree and eligibility for initial certification in 18 months.
  • Accelerated students complete the program in a cohort, taking courses together throughout the program of study.
  • During the summer semester courses are offered during the day.

University Faculty

  • Innovative faculty have extensive research and classroom experiences in a variety of educational environments

Advisement

  • A program advisor will offer individualized attention to each student’s program of study and provide support that meets a student’s individual career goals.

Field Experiences in Varied Settings

  • During the Professional Year, students have internship placements in two public schools in accordance with the certification track they have chosen.

Portfolio Assessment

  • With the full support of faculty, each candidate creates a Summative Portfolio as a program exit requirement.