Teaching, Secondary Licensure, MAT

Designed for aspiring teachers and career changers, the Master of Arts in Secondary Education (MAT)1 offers an appreciation for and an understanding of the diverse educational needs, social concerns, and cultural values of today’s secondary schools.

This MAT in secondary education seeks to enhance your foundational skills, broaden your perspectives, and strengthen your ability to inspire and educate. This master’s degree, which includes a full term of student teaching, seeks to produce graduates well positioned to make a meaningful impact in their school, in their community, and in the lives of their students.

  • Gain political, social, and historical perspectives on education
  • Explore the richly complex environments of schools and communities
  • Develop a working understanding of teaching and learning in diverse settings
  • Investigate how humans learn, acquire knowledge, and make sense of their experiences
  • Examine theories of teaching and explore how best to teach for understanding and learning achievement
  • Research methods and materials, pedagogies, and assessment strategies that foster integrated learning
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The Master of Arts in Secondary Education (grades 8–12) has been approved at the initial licensure level by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

EDU 6051Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence4
EDU 6064Curriculum and Assessment4
EDU 6104Child and Adolescent Development, Learning, and Teaching4
EDU 6107Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity4
EDU 6162Language, Culture, and Literacy in Middle and High Schools4
EDU 6185English-Language Learners in the General Education Classroom4
EDU 6183Collaborative Strategies for Effective Classroom Management1
EDU 6866Teaching Practicum and Seminar1-8

Elective Courses

Complete 8 quarter hours from the following:8
Institute in Creating a Community of Learners/Behaviors
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Special Education: Role of Special Educators in an Inclusive School
Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction
Variations in Child and Adolescent Development
Best Practices for the 21st-Century Education
Assessment in Education
Teachers as Curriculum Leaders
Critical Scholarly Investigation: On Location
Children’s Literature
Critical and Creative Thinking
Advanced Special Education Strategies
Sheltered English Instruction and Assessment
Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice
Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration
Beyond Behavior Management
Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics
Advanced Strategies in Literacy: Readers and Writers Who Struggle

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Looking to deepen your knowledge and expertise?

The MAT+ offers qualifying students the opportunity to complete a MAT with further study in a selected area of expertise. Currently, students can take additional course work to earn either an additional license in special education (teacher of students of moderate disabilities, PreK–8 or 5–12) or an additional license in ESL (teacher of English as a Second Language, PreK-8 or 5-12).

MAT+ in Special Education

The MAT+ provides qualifying students with the opportunity to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with further study in a selected area of expertise. Currently, students can take additional course work to earn either an additional license in special education (teacher of students of moderate disabilities, PreK-8 or 5-12) or an additional license in ESL (teacher of English as a Second Language, PreK-8 or 5-12). Teacher candidates may also plan a program of study that allows for triple licensure in consultation with the program director.

The special education course requirements are:

Advanced special education course4
Advanced literacy course4
Advanced behavior management course4
Assessment course4
EDU 6874Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review4

MAT+ in English as a Second Language (ESL)

This Commonwealth of Massachusetts-approved MAT+ program consists of five courses, some of which may be taken as electives in the MAT program.

The English as a Second Language course requirements are:

EDU 6300Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
EDU 6516Sheltered English Instruction and Assessment4
EDU 6517Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language: Research and Practice4
EDU 6310Literacy Development and the Academic Domains4
EDU 6874Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review4