Latin & Classical Studies
Please note: This program is on a moratorium for the Spring 2014 semester and 2014-15 academic year. We will not be accepting new students into the program during this time period.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Latin and Classical Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Latin and Classical Studies and at the same time secure initial teacher licensure to teach at the secondary level. Boston University has one of the few approved licensing programs in Latin and Classical Studies. The MAT program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in classical studies, including a background in classical languages emphasizing Latin and/or Greek. 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) Latin and Classical Studies courses at GRS: You will select your elective courses in consultation with your advisor and based on your previous coursework and your personal interests. Popular elective courses include Classical Mythology, Classics in Modern Literature, Greek Drama and Latin Prose Composition.
(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, best practices, assessment and classroom management. You will examine the art and science of teaching Latin and classical humanities and engage in coursework in adolescent development and special education.
(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. Past locations for pre-practicum and practicum experiences have included the renowned Boston Latin School, which is the oldest public school in America, Boston Latin Academy, Wellesley High School, Brookline High School and Stoneham High School.
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 Latin and Classical Studies.
- 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 be licensed at the initial level to teach Latin and classical humanities to children in grades 5–12.
- Prerequisites: To be eligible for admission, students should have an undergraduate major in Latin or Greek or have completed an equivalent amount of coursework in this area. Students who majored in Classical Civilization may not automatically meet prerequisite requirements. Students with an undergraduate major in Classical Civilization or other areas should request a transcript review to see if their coursework meets prerequisite requirements. Requests should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faculty Contact Information: Professor Stephan Ellenwood, email@example.com, 617-353-3238
- Graduate Admissions Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-353-4237