MAT - Secondary Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics Program Description

Maryland’s vision for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is that the State will be a leader in STEM education, preparing and inspiring generations of learners to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving. Maryland’s mission related to STEM education is to prepare and inspire learners of all ages to contribute to the advancement of the global community.

Stevenson University is poised to support Maryland’s STEM efforts through its innovative Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in secondary education (grades 7-12) in the certification areas of biology, chemistry, and mathematics. The MAT program includes an emphasis on STEM education in each of the three certification areas. Through this program, teacher candidates will learn how to plan STEM lessons with a transdisciplinary approach, organizing inquiry around authentic problem-based scenarios using the 5E model of lesson planning (engagement, exploration, explanation, extension, and evaluation) and rooting lessons in Maryland Common Core State Curriculum, Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students, International Technology Education Association Standards, Maryland State Skills and Processes Core Learning Goals for Science, Maryland STEM Standards of Practice, and Maryland Teacher Technology Standards. In addition, Stevenson is working through its Professional Development School (PDS) network to build STEM professional learning communities.

While graduates will become certified in either secondary biology (grades 7-12), secondary chemistry (grades 7-12) or secondary mathematics (grades 7-12), graduates will be unique in that their degrees will have had an emphasis on STEM learning. Teacher candidates from all three disciplines will engage in courses together, exploring the ways in which STEM content areas interact with and support one another. The STEM emphasis is desirable to schools as they work to implement newly released Maryland STEM Standards of Practice and fulfill Maryland’s Race to the Top commitments surrounding STEM education.

Candidates who successfully complete the MAT program, including achieving passing scores on Praxis I (or meeting the requirements for the SAT/ACT options) and Praxis II, are eligible for teacher certification in Maryland and in states with reciprocal agreements with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in the areas of Secondary Biology, Secondary Chemistry or Secondary Mathematics. The University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.