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

Total Credits: 42

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 English courses offered by the College of Arts & Sciences or other University departments
  • Three to four education courses in writing instruction, adolescent literacy, lesson design, and equitable teaching practices in the English/Language Arts classroom

Field Experiences (10 cr)

Students participate in a 25-hour out-of-school field experience, 75-hour pre-practicum, and 300-hour student teaching experience supervised by a trained classroom teacher and Boston University faculty and accompanied by coursework and reflective seminars.

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:

Total Credits: 32

  • 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 (4 cr)
  • 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)