MAT in Latin & Classical Studies

Please note: This program is on a moratorium for the 2017–2018 academic year. We are not accepting new students into the program at this time.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for liberal arts graduates in Latin and classics who wish to teach in middle or secondary schools and who have not completed any professional education courses.

In collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, students in this 12-month, full-time program prepare for Massachusetts initial teacher licensure and further strengthen their chosen academic fields. Program graduates complete courses in professional education, additional graduate courses in their content fields, and a student-teaching experience.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program is a 12-month program for full-time students seeking initial licensure for teaching at the middle, junior, or senior high school 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 in some cases students may begin in September. It is also possible to complete the degree over a longer time period as a part-time student.

Students complete four courses in their chosen field of study in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and learn pedagogy and teaching methodology in the School of Education. Some of the departments in the Graduate School require that students successfully complete a master’s exam in order to meet the MAT requirements.

The professional education component consists of study in educational research, foundations of education, curriculum and methods of instruction, and student-teaching. This combination ensures strength in the field of study combined with a comprehensive set of teaching skills appropriate to adolescents.


Total Credits: 42

Education Coursework (18 cr)

  • SED ED 500/501 Foundations of Educational Practices/Lab (6 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction, 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED CL 520 Methods of Teaching Latin and Classical Studies, 5–12 (4 cr)

Latin & Classical Studies Coursework (16 cr)

Students complete 16 credits (approximately four courses) in Latin and classical studies at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Practicum (8 cr)

  • SED CL 540 Student Teaching Practicum: Latin & Classical Studies, 5–12 (8 cr)

Students successfully complete a student-teaching practicum supervised by a licensed classroom teacher and Boston University faculty.

Additional Requirements

The graduation requirements for an MAT in Latin & Classical Studies include a comprehensive examination in Latin. This is required by the CAS/GRS Classical Studies Department.


Students are admitted to the School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences jointly.