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Overview

Whether you are seeking initial or professional licensure, our master of arts in teaching (MAT) programs will help you to develop the skills and competencies needed for the next step on your career path.

Our MAT program combines the pedagogy of teaching with content specialization in English.

Curriculum

Our robust 42-credit curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills and confidence needed to begin teaching on day one. The curriculum for our full suite of MAT programs includes 4 core courses in education, 5 core courses within your content specialization, 2 teaching methods courses within your content specialization, 1 education elective, and a semester-long supervised practicum and seminar in the field teaching.

All MAT students take the following four core courses in education: Instruction & Assessment in the Secondary Classroom; Culturally Responsive Teaching; Sheltering Content for English Language Learners; and Effective UDL Classroom Practices. Students also choose an additional education elective of their choice. Sample education electives include: Professional Lives of Teachers: Connecting Policy, Research, and Practice through Collaborative Inquiry; Classroom Management and Community Building; Technology Methods; and Adolescent Literacy in the Disciplines.

We offer six distinct degrees: Masters of Art in Teaching Art, Masters of Art in Teaching in English, Masters of Art in Teaching History, Masters of Art in Teaching Mathematics, Masters of Art in Teaching Physical Education, and Masters of Art in Teaching Spanish. While students of all MAT programs take the same core education courses, all teaching methods and content courses are taken within your area of content specialization.

Licensure

We offer the opportunity to progress from your preliminary license through your professional license within one program. As soon as you pass your MTELs (state teacher tests), you can apply for your preliminary license and begin your career as a classroom teacher. Once you have completed your core classes and student teaching, you will be endorsed for your initial license. Upon completing your MAT and finishing at least three years of teaching under your initial license you will be eligible for your professional license. This means that graduates of our program are able to complete all licensure requirements without needing to pursue additional coursework.

Visit the licensure page for more information on licensure options.

English Content

The MAT in English offers a balanced program of reflection and research in principles and practices for the instruction of English language and literature with a particular emphasis placed on contemporary methodology. We offer two program options:

  • MAT: For students with an undergraduate degree in English.
  • MAT/MA: A 57-63 credit dual degree program for students that do not have an undergraduate background in English. This program includes comprehensive coursework in English foundations and literature.

Sample content courses include: Literature for Young Adults, Origin and Development of the English Language, Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Composition, Introduction to Graduate Studies in Literature, Linguistics for Language Teachers, and Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners.

Course Schedule

All education classes meet on Tuesday evenings. Content specialization courses meet on alternative week day evenings, weekends, or online, offering maximum flexibility for working professionals.

Practicum

Exciting 300-hour practicums are an integral part of all MAT programs. We have strong partnerships with more than 50 area schools throughout Greater Boston and the North Shore offering excellent field work opportunities for those seeking placement. Educators already working in the classroom may be able to complete their practicum at their place of employment.

Careers

There is always a need for good teachers. Current trends and projections show a relatively stable demand for teachers in the Greater Boston area with potential teacher shortages in some school districts. There is a particular need for educators with backgrounds in special education and English language learning and for minority teachers.* Massachusetts teacher standards have a strong national reputation and many who hold teaching licenses in Massachusetts have the knowledge and skills needed to successfully obtain licensure in other states.

*Source: American Institutes for Research Report “Massachusetts Study of Teacher Supply and Demand: Trends and Projections,” December 2015.

 

Admissions Requirements

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Whether you want to learn more about courses, faculty members or general program information, get in touch with the graduate program coordinator to see what this program has to offer you.

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