MAT in Social Studies Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is designed for liberal arts graduates in history or political science who wish to teach in middle or secondary schools and who have not completed a professional education course of study. The program begins in June 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.

In collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, students in this 12-month, full-time program prepare for Massachusetts initial teacher licensure and further strengthen their chosen academic fields. Licensure reciprocity exists with many states, but students should investigate specifics in the state of anticipated residence.

Students complete courses in professional education, additional graduate courses in their content fields, and a pre-practicum and practicum experience.


Students complete two courses in their chosen field of study in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and learn pedagogy and teaching methodology in the School of Education.

Some of the departments in the Graduate School require that students successfully complete a master’s exam in order to meet the MAT requirements.

The professional education component consists of study in educational research, foundations of education, curriculum and methods of instruction, and student-teaching. This combination ensures strength in the field of study combined with a comprehensive set of teaching skills appropriate to adolescents.


Education Core Courses (12 cr)

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

Social Studies Courses (20 cr)

  • SED SO 572 Curriculum and Special Methods for History and Social Science (4 cr)
  • SED SO 566 Historical Literacy 5-12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 567 History Lab 5-12 (2 cr)
  • SED SO 520 Project Citizen (2 cr)
  • Two social studies content-based electives at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (8 cr)

Practicum (Minimum 8 cr)

Student-teaching experiences are supervised by licensed classroom teachers and Boston University faculty. Students select practicum experiences from one of the two options listed below.

  • SED SO 509 Student Teaching Practicum: History and Social Science, 5–8 (8 cr)
  • SED SO 510 Student Teaching Practicum: History and Social Science, 8–12 (8 cr)

Students seeking an additional license at a different level choose from:

  • SED SO 507 Student Teaching Half Practicum: History and Social Science, 5–8 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 508 Student Teaching Half Practicum: History and Social Science, 8–12 (4 cr)