Undergraduate students from other disciplines who wish to be certified to teach at the secondary level (grades 7-12 or PK-12) may apply to a five-year program resulting in a bachelor's degree within the area of their major and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). Applicants to the certification program for grades 7-12 must have a major or significant coursework in one of the following certification areas: biology, chemistry, earth/space science, English, mathematics, physics, or social studies. Applicants to the certification program for grades PK-12 must have a major or significant coursework in one of the following certification areas: art, French, music (both instrumental and vocal), or Spanish. Students submit the application by February 1 of their junior year and take three graduate-level courses in their senior year which count toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Students must earn a grade of B or better in each of the three courses in order for the courses to advance to the graduate program. Graduate courses taken during the senior year are included in the undergraduate tuition and fulfill undergraduate electives.
A minimum QPA of 3.000 through the fall of the junior year is required for full acceptance to the M.A.T. Probationary acceptance may be granted for students with a QPA between 2.750 and 3.000. Two professional academic recommendations, standardized test scores, and a personal essay based on a writing prompt are required. It is highly preferable for candidates to ask their references to submit the recommendation on the MAT Recommendation Form which contains a listing of teacher qualification characteristics. A personal interview may be required. For unconditional acceptance, students are required to submit evidence of a passing score (based on the Maryland cutoff level) on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Test (Reading, Math, and Writing) or Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests. Consistent with new regulations for teacher certification set forth by the state of Maryland, qualifying scores on the SAT, ACT, or GRE may be substituted for Praxis Core or Praxis I performance (please refer to http://www.marylandpublicschools.org for details on Basic Skills). Under provisional acceptance, students are required to submit evidence of a passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Test (Reading, Math, and Writing) or Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests before the start of their senior year.
In order to complete the requirements for graduation, M.A.T. candidates in secondary areas must submit passing results for the Praxis II: Content Knowledge test and provide proof of taking the Praxis II pedagogy test related to the certification area. Art and Music candidates must provide passing scores for the Praxis II exams in the respective content area. Candidates for certification in French or Spanish are required to provide proof of qualifying scores on the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview and the Writing Proficiency Test. For May graduates, candidates are responsible for providing Loyola official Praxis II/ACTFL exam scores by May 1. January graduates are responsible for providing Loyola official Praxis II/ACTFL exam scores by December 15. Praxis II and ACTFL testing requirements are listed on the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website: http://www.marylandpublicschools.org. Failure to meet the stated deadlines for receipt of Praxis scores will result in the student not graduating. The student will be required to file a subsequent graduation application (fee waived).