MAT in Science Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Science Education at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development prepares effective science educators through coursework and field-based experiences, with specializations in biology, chemistry, general science, or physics. It is is designed for graduates who have completed an undergraduate major in the science content area for which they seek initial teaching licensure.

The MAT in Science Education faculty will guide you to develop and practice techniques that will engage your students in the learning process and to develop reflective practices that inspire scientific thinking and ways of knowing.  Successful MAT candidates will earn a master’s degree in science education and endorsement for Massachusetts initial licensure in biology, chemistry, or physics for grades 8–12 or general science for grades 5–8. 

Essential Questions


MAT in Science Education Program Requirements

Students in the MAT in Science Education Program complete two content courses in their chosen field of study in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and learn pedagogy and teaching methodology at BU Wheelock. Field experiences in science classrooms begin in the summer and continue throughout each semester.

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

Program Faculty for the MAT in Science Education


Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission, contact the program director Donald DeRosa,


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.