English Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English Education is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in English and at the same time secure initial teacher licensure to teach at the secondary level. The MAT program is designed for liberal arts graduates who may just be out of college or perhaps are making a career change. No previous coursework in education is required.

This joint degree program between the School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) will prepare you to become a professional educator by developing competency in three types of courses:

(1) Literature courses at GRS: You will select your literature courses in consultation with your advisor and based on your previous coursework and your personal interests. Popular elective courses include The Modern American Novel, Studies in Literature and Ethnicity:  Literature of the Migrant, Contemporary American Poetry, Gender in Literature and Film:  Representing Gender in American Literature and Film and Renaissance Literature and the Visual Arts.

(2) Education courses in instructional design, adolescent development, special education, literacy, language development and classroom methods and evaluation: Our education courses introduce students to research-based practices in curriculum design, instruction, assessment and classroom management. You will examine the art and science of teaching language and literature and engage in coursework in adolescent development, special education and adolescent literature.

(3) Practical skills acquired through a pre-practicum and student-teaching experience: In addition to coursework at Boston University, you will participate in a three-month student teaching experience supervised by a veteran classroom teacher and Boston University faculty. We often use the metaphor of a ramp to describe the student teaching experience in that you begin with classroom observations and build up to teaching courses on your own. Boston University enjoys long-standing relationships with over 40 schools in urban and suburban communities in Boston and the Greater Boston area. You will select your internship site from among these schools in consultation with your faculty advisor. Some of the public school districts our English Education students have student taught in include Arlington, Boston, Brighton, Needham, Newton, Quincy and Wellesley.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the MAT in English Education.
  • Program Flyer: Click here to view.
  • Program Duration: 12 months. Duration for part-time study varies.
  • Start Term: Full-time students begin the program during the summer or fall semester only.  You are encouraged to begin the program during the summer semester for the most favorable course selection opportunities.  Part-time students may begin during the summer, fall or spring semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may earn licensure at the initial level to teach English to students in grades 5–8 or 8–12.
  • Prerequisites: To be eligible for admission, students should have an undergraduate major in English or have completed an equivalent amount of coursework in this area.  Students who majored in English automatically meet prerequisite requirements.  Students with undergraduate majors in other areas including Theatre, Journalism and Communication should request a transcript review to see if their coursework meets prerequisite requirements.  Requests should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office at sedgrad@bu.edu.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Christina Dobbs, cdobbs@bu.edu, 617-353-4864
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.