MAT in English Education

The Boston University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English Education is designed for liberal arts graduates in English who wish to teach in middle or secondary schools. In collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, students in this program prepare for Massachusetts initial teacher licensure and further strengthen their chosen academic fields.

The program requirements include graduate-level courses in English Education and English literature, professional education courses, and several field experiences. The professional education courses introduce students to lesson design, classroom management, instructional delivery, and research-based methods for the teaching of writing, prose, poetry, grammar, and vocabulary.

Additional coursework in educational foundations, adolescent development, and special education allows students to look beyond the classroom to the social, historic, psychological, economic, and cultural factors that influence the student’s school experience.

The MAT program is a one-year program for full-time students seeking initial licensure for teaching at the middle or secondary levels in accordance with requirements in the state of Massachusetts. Licensure reciprocity exists with many states, but students should investigate specifics in the state of anticipated residence.

The program begins in June each year, though students may also begin in September. It is also possible to complete the degree over a longer time period as a part-time student.

Program Requirements

Education Coursework (12 cr)

  • SED CT 534 Classroom Management (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Learners: Middle/High School (4 cr)
  • SED ED 502/503 Professional Teaching Seminar: Analyzing Foundations of Teaching (2 cr)

English & English Education Coursework (20 cr)

  • Two to three English courses offered by the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Two to three education courses in writing instruction, adolescent literacy, lesson design, and instructional delivery in the English/Language Arts classroom

Field Experiences (10 cr)

Students participate in a 75-hour pre-practicum and 300-hour student teaching experience supervised by a trained classroom teacher and Boston University faculty, and accompanied by a reflective seminar. Students select a practicum experience from the options below:

  • SED EN 507 Student Teaching Practicum & Reflection Seminar: English, 5–8 (8 cr)
  • SED EN 508 Student Teaching Practicum & Reflection Seminar: English, 8–12 (8 cr)