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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education - Teaching (MAT)

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LINDA OLIVA, Associate Chair

SUSAN M. BLUNCK, Graduate Program Coordinator

Degree Offered

M.A.T. (Degree Types )



BERGE, ZANE L., Ph.D., Michigan State University; Training Systems, Distance Education, Computer-Mediated Communication
CRANDALL, JOANN, Ph.D., Georgetown University; Director, LLC/ ESOL, Language Arts
HRABOWSKI, FREEMAN A., III, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Mathematics Education, Higher Education
SANDERS, MAVIS, Ph.D., School,Family and Community Engagement, Education Reform and Improvement, Qualitative Research Methods
SCHAFFER, EUGENE C., Ed.D., Temple University; Mentoring, School Effectiveness, Professional Development Schools, At Risk Students
SHIN, SARAH, Ph.D., University of Michigan; Bilingualism, TESOL, Heritage Language Education

Associate Professors

RIVKIN, MARY S., Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; Early Childhood Education
SCULLY, PATRICIA A., Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; Early Childhood, Literacy Education
SHELTON, NANCY RANKIE, Ph.D., University of Florida; Elementary Education, Literacy
SINGER, JONATHAN, Ph.D., Science Education
YOUNG, PATRICIA, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Elementary Education

Associate Clinical Professors

BLUNCK, SUSAN M., Ph.D., University of Iowa; Science Education, Curriculum, Systemic Reform, Professional Development
SMALL, SUE E., Ed.D., University of Maryland, College Park; Education policy and administration, professional development schools
WILLIAMS, GREGORY R., Ed.D, ISD-Training Systems Graduate Program

Assistant Professors

NORTH-COLEMAN, CHERYL, M.A., Towson University; Secondary literacy education
RAKES, CHRISTOPHER, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Mathematics Education, Teacher Knowledge, Education Technology

Assistant Clinical Professors

NELSON, JOHN, Ph.D., McGill University; ESOL
OLIVA, LINDA, Ph.D., Boston University; Educational Psychology, Instructional Technology, Teacher Research
SHIN, JOAN KANG, M.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County; ESOL/Bilingual Education

Clinical Instructors

BOURNE, BARBARA, M.A, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Field experience, education policy, environmental education
FRICK, JERRI, M.A., Virginia State University; Mathematics education
IRISH, TRACY, M.S., Science Education, STEM Education, Professional Learning Communities
TABAA, MARY, M.A., Instructor

Affiliate Professors

SCHWARTZ, ANA MARIA (Modern Languages and Linguistics), Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; Language teaching and curriculum development, learning strategies, heritage Spanish speakers
SOKOLOVE, PHILIP G. (Biological Sciences), Ph.D., Harvard University; Science Education, Neurobiology, Biological Rhythms, Invertebrate Physiology

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is an initial teacher certification/licensure program. The M.A.T. program provides talented liberal arts college graduates with a program of study within their academic discipline while preparing them for careers as teachers. Students successfully completing the M.A.T. and passing PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II will be recommended for the Maryland Standard Professional Certificate I. The program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines who are interested in certifications in early childhood, elementary or secondary education or English as a second language. Secondary certifications is available in art, dance, English, foreign languages, mathematics, music, sciences, social studies and theater.
All M.A.T. program experiences combine graduate-level work in the teaching field with education courses, field experiences and an extended (at least 100 days) internship under the direction of carefully selected and trained mentor teachers at UMBC.

The M.A.T. is a 36- credit-hour degree program, and courses are offered primarily during evening hours. Some summer courses are offered.

The M.A.T. meets the standards set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As professional standards continue to evolve and affect programmatic requirements, please refer to the Department of Education Web site, www.umbc.edu/education, for further information and updates.

Contact program coordinators are listed below for more specialized information.

Early Childhood Education M.A.T. Coordinator:
Pat Scully, 410-455-2307, pscull1@umbc.edu

Elementary Education M.A.T. Coordinator:
Barbara Bourne, 410-455-2308, bbourn1@umbc.edu

Secondary Education M.A.T. Coordinator:
Linda Oliva, 410-455-2382, oliva@umbc.edu

English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL/ESOL) M.A. ISD Coordinators:
John Nelson, 410-455-2379, jnelson@umbc.edu and Sarah Shin, 410-455-2485, shin@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Director:
Susan M. Blunck, 410-455-3388, blunck@umbc.edu

Administrative Assistant:
Cheryl Blackwell Johnson, 410-455-3388, blackwel@umbc.edu

Teacher certification programs offered by the UMBC Department of Education have the approval of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All persons who complete these program requirements are eligible for certification in more than 30 states. The program is intended to produce teachers who are certified and highly qualified to teach in Maryland schools.

Program Admission Requirements

See the Master of Arts in Teaching Program Web site, for more details on the program admissions requirements.

Financial Assistance

Scholarships are available through the department. Consult program advisors listed below to get more information on the scholarships.

Courses: See Course Descriptions  

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