MAT in Science Education

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. Licensure reciprocity exists with many states, but students should investigate specifics in the state of anticipated residence.

Students complete courses in professional education, additional graduate courses in their content fields, and a student-teaching experience.

The program begins during the summer 2 term in late June or early July 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.


Boston University’s Noyce Urban Science Scholarships (BoNUSS) program provides scholarships to academically talented graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Noyce Scholarship recipients commit to teaching in a high-needs district following completion of the MAT degree. Full-tuition coverage is available for Noyce Scholars. For more information, contact Professor Peter Garik.

Coursework and Requirements (42 credits)

Students complete two 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 foundations of education, pedagogical content knowledge, curriculum development, 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 (12 cr)

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

Science Coursework (22–24 cr)

  • SED SC 575 Introduction to Science Education Theory and Practice (2–4 cr)
  • SED SC 570 Science Teaching Methods I (4 cr)
  • SED SC 572 Science Methods II: Teaching in the Science Disciplines 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SE 576 Science Teaching Pre-practicum (2 cr)
  • SED ME 530 Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education (2 cr)
  • CAS Science Elective I (4 cr)
  • CAS Science Elective II (4 cr)

Elective coursework is chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

Practicum (Minimum of 8 cr)

Licensed classroom teachers and Boston University faculty supervise the student teaching experiences. Students select practicum experiences from the options listed below.

  • SED SC 509 Student Teaching Practicum: Science 5–8 (8 cr)
  • SED SC 510 Student Teaching Practicum: Science 8–12 (8 cr)

Students seeking an additional license at a different level choose from:

  • SED SC 507 Student Teaching Half Practicum: Science, 5–8 (4 cr)
  • SED SC 508 Student Teaching Half Practicum: Science, 8–12 (4 cr)

Global Ecology Education Certificate Integration

MAT science students in Biology, Earth Science, and General Science may qualify for the Global Ecology Education (GEE) Certificate program by opting to use their MAT program electives and SC 570 Science Methods I plus an additional graduate-level science elective to satisfy the requirements of the GEE Certificate. Thus, these students may graduate with a master’s, licensure, and a Global Ecology Education Graduate Certificate, all with 46 credits of study. Contact GEE Program Director and Ecologist Dr. Douglas Zook. For more information, visit the Global Ecology Education Certificate Program website and the 16-Credit Certificate Program website.

Improving Teaching of Physics (Project ITOP) Integration

In collaboration with the Department of Physics, a sequence of 10 two-credit courses is offered for the professional development of physics teachers. These courses are open to MAT students. The courses review fundamental concepts of physics in the context of the physics education research literature and the conceptual history of physics. For the latter, selections from original sources are used. For further information, contact Professor Peter Garik, 617-353-4735.


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