Science Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Science Education and at the same time secure initial teacher licensure. The MAT program is designed for students with an undergraduate liberal arts degree in a scientific field. This program does not presume you have completed coursework in education.

The Science Education program prepares you for professional responsibilities in designing, teaching, and supervising science programs at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. Our program connects emerging and experienced teachers to the foundations of what makes a quality science educator today: up-to-date science content with innovative, diverse pedagogy. We challenge our students to develop and practice in ways that will engage their students in the learning process, allowing young learners to experience science actively rather than being passive receptacles. Most importantly, we are not afraid to smile, cajole, criticize, comfort, and grow. Our science education experience is one belonging to a responsible, closely-knit learning community determined to make a difference in the lives of children and teenagers. We are particularly concerned with the need to make emerging teachers prepared for teaching critical climate change concepts and consequences.

The MAT degree is a joint master’s degree between the School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The MAT program prepares you to become professional educators by developing competency in three kinds of courses: (1) sciences courses; (2) education courses; and (3) practical skills acquired through guided and supervised field experiences.  The Science Education program prepares you to teach and supervise science programs in a variety of settings, including schools, museums, and other educational organizations. The program focuses on the identification of concepts and skills helpful in teaching science and technology to students in elementary school through college.

You will prepare to become a professional educator by taking courses in science and education. The education portion of the program contains a balance of study in teaching strategies and classroom materials as well as examination of current research.

In the Science Education program, you may specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics (see specific information on STEM below)
  • General Science

In addition to coursework, you will participate in a three-month student teaching experience supervised by a veteran classroom teacher and Boston University faculty.  Boston University enjoys long-standing relationships with many urban and suburban school systems in Boston and the Greater Boston area.

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 Science Education.
  • 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, students earn licensure at the initial level to teach science. Depending on the area of science education, the initial license may be for grades 5–8 or 8–12.
  • Prerequisites:  To be eligible for admission, students should have an undergraduate major in the sub concentration area of choice or have completed an equivalent amount of coursework in that area.  Students with undergraduate majors in 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
  • Related programs: 16-credit Certificate in Global Ecology Education
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Don DeRosa,, 617-353-4052
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 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.