MAT in Science Education

In collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, students in this 11-month, full-time program prepare for Massachusetts initial teacher licensure and further strengthen their skills and knowledge in their chosen academic fields.

Students complete courses in professional education, additional graduate courses in their content areas, 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.

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


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 (42–44 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. Field experiences in science classrooms begin in the summer and continue throughout every semester. Candidates take on increasing responsibilities in each field experience, culminating in full student teaching during the final semester.

The professional education component consists of study in the foundations of education, science pedagogies, 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 for working with 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 CT 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)
  • SED SC 508 Student Teaching Half Practicum: Science 8–12 (4 cr)

Add-On License in Teaching English Language Learners (ESL)

The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) Program offers a six-course, 26-credit add-on license pathway that allows MAT students in content-specific areas (e.g., English Education, Social Studies Education, Mathematics Education, and Science Education to meet requirements for a Massachusetts licensure endorsement as Teacher of English Language Learners (ESL). In this course of study, students are exposed to a theoretical introduction to the nature and structure of language, key factors affecting second-language acquisition, and communicative approaches to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. In addition to the six courses, students are required to complete an ESL Practicum. This pathway requires MAT candidates to add one additional summer and part-time semester to their regular MAT program timeline.

This pathway consists of the following courses:

  • SED TL 508 Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language (4 cr)
  • SED LS 565 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • SED BI 530 English Language Development: Grade 5–12 English Language Learners (2 cr) or SED BI 535
  • Literacy Development for Bilingual Students: Instruction and Assessment (4 cr)
  • SED BI 620 Educational Issues in Bilingualism (4 cr)
  • SED LS 658 Second Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Seminar: The Student Teaching Experience (2 cr)
  • SED TL 582 and 583 Student-Teaching Practicum I and II: ESL, 5–12 (6 cr)