Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in History

The Master of Arts in Teaching History is designed for liberal arts graduates who wish to begin preparation for teaching history at the middle school or secondary level or practicing teachers who desire to expand their understanding of the educational process while increasing their formal education in history.


Program requirements

Choosing Between the MA in History and MAT in History

The majority of our MAT in History students are working toward the initial licensure needed to begin a career as a history teacher in grades 5-12. The MAT degree consists of both history and education courses.

The majority of our MAT in History students are:

  • Area middle and high school teachers who have a preliminary teaching license but seek initial licensure; our courses provide teachers intellectual stimulation and allow teachers to bring their excitement of history back to their students and classrooms
  • Current or future professionals in area museums and historical agencies  
  • Preparing for doctoral studies in history
  • Taking our graduate courses just because they love history


You must complete a total of 75 hours of pre-practicum observation in the classroom. Each of the three courses listed below offer a total of 25 hours of pre-practica, so plan on doing pre-practica in these courses. Not all students taking these courses need pre-practica, so it is up to you to speak to your course professor to make arrangements for the pre-practica. Pre-practica is designed to give you a variety of classroom experiences, so the three pre-practica should be done in at least two different schools. 


Some students wait to complete the practicum as their last course; however, some students complete the practicum earlier to become eligible for initial licensure. Practicum prerequisites are as follows:

  • EDU 705 Responding to diversity in the classroom 
  • EDU 990E Developing effective programs for special needs students 
  • HIS 702 Methods, techniques and strategies in teaching history  

Plan on taking the two education courses prior to taking HIS 702.

Practicum courses require registration by a deadline. Visit our Licensure and Certification page for practicum details.


Completion of the MAT in History program fulfills the requirement for initial licensure for teaching history in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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