MAT in English Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program for English Education is designed to assist students who wish to teach English/Language Arts* in middle and high schools in earning a master’s degree and an initial teaching license. The MAT program is designed for individuals with either:

  • A background in English literature or a related field
  • Preliminary licensure in English via the MTEL

*English/Language Arts in the U.S. 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.

Essential Questions

More About Our Program

Using a year-long, cohort-based model, we prepare you to teach in a variety of school contexts, through coursework in literature, teaching methods, and supporting students with diverse needs, as well as field experiences every semester. Our program is committed to teaching for social justice and disrupting inequality based in White supremacy, anti-Blackness, cis-heternormative patriarchy, ableism, and dominant English monolingualism.

Our program is unique in featuring multiple teaching methods courses designed specifically for English teachers, including coursework in English lesson design, supporting diverse readers, teaching adolescent writers, and culturally sustaining pedagogy in the English Language Arts classroom.  Our coursework is grounded in reflective practice and teacher identity development, and it is designed to support teachers who are brand new to teaching and to provide skills and knowledge that will be useful as our graduates gain classroom experience. 

Career Outcomes


Program Requirements

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

Program Faculty

Christina L. Dobbs, Assistant Professor

Davena Jackson, Clinical Assistant Professor

Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission, please contact Program Director, Dr. Christina Dobbs,, 617-353-4864

Next Steps


BU Wheelock Educator Preparation Programs Licensing Disclosure provides information about BU Wheelock state approved programs and how the educational requirements compare with those in other states. Education students in licensure programs should review this resource and contact with questions.

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