Towson University is pleased to offer a Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG).  This program is specifically designed forMontgomery County Public School (MCPS) employees who already possess, at a minimum, an undergraduate degree and are seeking INITIAL teacher certification.

Students may apply for one of three tracks:

  1. Special Education- Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3
  2. Special Education- Elementary/Middle Education (grades 1-8)or
  3. Special Education- Secondary Education (grades 9-12)

The M.A.T. in Special Education is a cohort program that follows a specific course sequence and timeframe for completion. New cohorts begin in the fall of EVEN-numbered years ONLY. 

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Contact us to start the application process. In your e-mail, please confirm that you are a current permanent employee with MCPS. In addition, Towson University’s College of Education has a rich history of collaboration with Maryland's public school systems and state educational agencies. As an essential element of that collaboration, the Towson Learning Network (TLN) within the College of Education is meeting the ongoing educational needs of in-service teachers and local school systems. You can visit the following pages at Towson’s website for more information on TLN:

Are you a fulltime MCPS employee and interested in applying to Towson’s M.A.T. in SPED graduate program? Please contact Kim Casimbon for more information about the program and application process. If you are a fulltime MCPS employee and would like to determine your eligibility to participate in the program, please visit the MCPS Teacher Preparation (Higher Education Partnerships) webpage or contact Ms. Sydney Pinkard or Mrs. Angie Fish for more information.