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Investigate a program that will prepare you to teach Spanish to students at either the elementary or secondary levels.


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 Spanish.


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 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.

Spanish Content

The MAT in Spanish is designed for people who are seeking either initial or professional licensure to teach Spanish in elementary or secondary schools. We offer four licensure tracks: initial level elementary Spanish (P-6), initial level secondary Spanish (5-12), professional level elementary Spanish (P-6), and professional level secondary Spanish (5-12). Sample content courses include: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Textual Analysis, Spanish Literature, Contemporary Spanish Women Authors, and Introduction to Spanish Linguistics and Sociolinguistics.

Our program is an excellent way to create a base for a career as a Spanish teacher.  Not only does it have a track that meets your initial licensure needs, but it also fulfills the educational requirements for professional licensure. In other words, it is a “two-for-one” program that sets you on the long-term path as a successful professional Spanish teacher. 

Our program is Spanish-focused, offering 27 of the 36 credits in Spanish-only courses including a Spanish-specific methodology class.

Course Schedule

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


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.


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.

Spanish is a “high-need subject area” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are many open positions regularly advertised on School Spring, particularly at the secondary-school level.  This is reflected by the fact that currently 100% of our enrolled students –i.e. who have not even finished the program- are employed as Spanish teachers.

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

Admissions Information

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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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