Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education

Boston University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Science Education prepares students for their initial teacher licensure in the State of Massachusetts and further strengthens each student’s chosen subject matter field. The degree not only leads to initial teacher licensure, but also fulfills the course subject matter knowledge requirement necessary for professional licensure in the state of Massachusetts. For more information about teacher licensure, visit the Information for Licensure section of our website.

The program is designed to prepare effective science educators through coursework and field-based experiences that are consistent with our mission to graduate effective and confident science educators. We emphasize teaching linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse  learners. Our faculty guide students to develop and practice techniques that will engage their students in the learning process, allowing young learners to experience science actively, and develop reflective practices that inspire scientific thinking and ways of knowing.

Our program works closely in collaboration with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences to provide students with a curriculum that addresses professional education, content fields, and authentic field experiences in the classroom. Our work across departments has resulted in the 5+ Club award from the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC), a joint project of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Each semester includes a field experience in which candidates are immersed in the dynamics of teaching and learning in science classrooms.  Consequently, candidates have increasing opportunities for direct involvement in science teaching that culminate in a full student teaching experience during the final semester.  Field-based experiences are mentored and supported by faculty, supervisors, and mentor teachers. We encourage a community of learners through seminars, shared experiences, and reflection.

Our faculty guide and support students in selecting elective subject matter courses that best reflect each individual’s background, interests, and professional goals.

Our program:

  • Includes four areas of specialization: Biology, Chemistry, General Science, and Physics.
  • Is led by a strong faculty committed to preparing responsible, effective, and engaging educators.
  • Emphasizes the foundations of sound scientific literacy and scientific ways of thinking through scholarly leadership in pedagogy and policy.
  • Uses a multidisciplinary approach to create a curriculum that combines contemporary science and innovative pedagogy.
  • Emphasizes teaching in a diverse, global society.
  • Exposes students to authentic field experiences to support their coursework.
  • Collaborates with science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Donald DeRosa,, 617-353-4052
Graduate Admissions:, 617-353-4237

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