MAT in English Education for Equity & Justice

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English Education for Equity & Justice at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is for students who wish to teach English/Language Arts* in middle and high schools with an equity and justice-oriented lens. Students in this program will prepare for Massachusetts initial teacher licensure and further strengthen their chosen academic fields.

As a student in the MAT in English Education for Equity & Justice Program, you’ll be introduced to lesson design, critical literacy, instructional delivery, and evidence-based and humanizing methods for teaching of writing and text. Through additional coursework in supporting multilingual learners, adolescent development, and special education, you’ll look beyond the classroom to the social, historic, psychological, economic, and cultural factors that influence students’ experience.

*English/Language Arts in the US is an interdisciplinary field that includes teaching literature, reading, writing, and language.  If you are interested primarily in teaching the English language, please visit the EdM in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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English Education for Equity & Justice Program Requirements

Our master’s degree in English Education for Equity & Justice offers foundational coursework in teaching as well as an opportunity for hands-on fieldwork. The program requirements include graduate-level courses in English Education and English literature, professional education courses, and several field experiences, and courses are taught in collaboration with the BU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Students also have the option to add a license through the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program. This pathway requires MAT candidates to add one additional summer and part-time semester to their regular MAT program timeline.

Visit the BU Bulletin for information on this program’s academic requirements.

Education Coursework (8 cr)

  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Learners: Middle/High School (4 cr)

English & English Education Coursework (26 cr)

  • SED EN 500 Lesson Design & Instruction Delivery in the Humanities (2 cr)
  • CAS/SED EN 538 American Literature for Teachers (4 cr)
  • SED EN 630 Educating for Equity & Literacy in the Humanities (4 cr)
  • SED EN 701 Teaching Classic & Contemporary Texts (4 cr)
  • SED EN 712 Methods of Teaching Writing in Secondary English Language Arts (4 cr)
  • Elective: one additional English course offered by the College of Arts & Sciences or another University department (4 cr)

Field Experiences (10 cr)

  • SED EN 507 Student-Teaching Practicum: English, Grades 5–8 (8 cr) or SED EN 508 Student-Teaching Practicum: English, Grades 9­–12 (8 cr)
  • SED EN 520 Pre-Practicum in English Education (2 cr)



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For more information about this program and requirements for admission, contact Program Director Christina Dobbs,

Background Checks

Students who are admitted into BU Wheelock routinely participate in field experiences as a part of their respective program curriculum and requirements. Most field sites require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these required experiences, which in turn may impede the successful completion of one’s degree program