MAT in Mathematics Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is designed for graduates who wish to teach in middle or secondary schools, have not completed a teaching licensure program, and majored in mathematics or who have taken a minimum of six mathematics courses beyond Calculus I (applicants who are close to completing the prerequisite minimum number of math courses are encouraged to contact the program).

Students in this degree program prepare for Massachusetts initial teacher licensure and further strengthen their chosen academic fields. Program graduates complete courses in professional education, additional graduate courses in their content fields, and a student-teaching experience.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program is a 12-month program for full-time students seeking initial licensure for teaching at the middle, junior, or senior high school 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 July each year, though in some cases students may begin in September. It is also possible to complete the degree over a longer time period as a part-time student.

Students complete four courses in their chosen field of study in the School of Education focused on pedagogical content knowledge or in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences focused on advanced content knowledge.

The professional education component consists of the study of curriculum and methods of instruction, adolescent development and learning, topics in special education, urban education, and foundations of education. Students complete a two-semester practicum experience culminating in student-teaching. This combination ensures strength in the field of study combined with a comprehensive set of teaching skills appropriate to adolescents.


Core Education Coursework (12 cr)

  • SED ED 502/503 Professional Teaching Seminar: Analyzing Foundations of Teaching (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development and Learning (2 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 cr)
  • SED CT 534 Classroom and Behavior Management (2 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Learners in the Middle/High School (4 cr)

Mathematics Education and Mathematics Coursework (16–18 cr)

Students complete 16 credits (approximately four courses) in mathematics education and/or mathematics in consultation with their advisors. Noyce scholars must complete 18 credits. A sampling of coursework is listed below.

  • SED ME 525 Assessment in Mathematics (2 cr)
  • SED ME 530 Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education (2 cr) (required for Noyce scholars)
  • SED ME 559 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry (4 cr)
  • SED ME 560 Mathematics for Teaching: Algebra (4 cr)
  • SED ME 563 Problem Solving in Mathematics (4 cr)
  • SED ME 565 Mathematics for Teaching: Calculus (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 547 Topics in Number Theory (PROMYS Program) (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 548 Problem Solving in Number Theory (PROMYS Program) (4 cr)

Methods and Practicum (14 cr)

In conjunction with the Methods of Teaching Mathematics courses, students are involved in a pre-practicum experience in the Fall Semester. Then students participate in a 350-hour student-teaching experience in the Spring Semester, supervised by a trained classroom teacher and Boston University faculty. All students take a methods course and a student-teaching practicum.

  • SED ME 547 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: High School (6 cr) or SED ME 546 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Middle School (6 cr)
  • SED ME 508 Student-Teaching Practicum: Mathematics 8–12 (8 cr) or SED ME 507 Student-Teaching Practicum: Mathematics 5–8 (8 cr)

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:

  • 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
  • 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)


There are a number of scholarships available to graduate students in mathematics education. The Bringing Engineers into STEM Teaching (BEST) Noyce Program provides full scholarships to MAT candidates with degrees in mathematics or engineering. This scholarship is designed for graduate students with strong mathematics backgrounds who are interested in working in high-needs districts as secondary teachers. Noyce Scholars complete the described MAT program. In addition, they enroll in a two-credit course (Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education), tutor Boston Public School students, and receive individual mentoring and support. For more information, please click here.