MAT in Modern Foreign Language Education
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is designed for liberal arts graduates in Modern Foreign Languages 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 three 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. In addition, students complete a course in language and language acquisition 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.
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 TL 511 Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Languages (4 cr)
- SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction, 5–12 (4 cr)
Modern Foreign Language and Language Acquisition Coursework (16 cr)
- Three graduate-level courses in the language of intended major at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
- One graduate-level course in language and language acquisition at the School of Education (SED LS 565)
Practicum (8 cr)
Students participate in a 300-hour student-teaching experience supervised by a trained classroom teacher and Boston University faculty. Students take the following:
- SED TL 586/587 Student Teaching Practicum I & II: Modern Foreign Languages, 5–12 (6 cr) (Arabic, French, or Spanish)
- SED BI 504 Seminar: The Student Teaching Experience (2 cr)
Students are admitted to the School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences jointly.