MAT in Social Studies Education

Boston University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Social Studies Education is intended for prospective teachers and fulfills academic requirements for an initial teacher license in Massachusetts, which has reciprocity with most other states. You’ll be prepared as a future social studies teacher and develop as an intellectual and reflective practitioner who is committed to working in urban and suburban schools and with diverse student populations.

Our program emphasizes teaching through inquiry, implementing a multicultural social studies curriculum, and working for social justice. As a student, you will have the opportunity for authentic experiences working in schools and social studies classrooms.


Essential Questions

Our Program

Our program is committed to teaching for social justice and disrupting inequality based in white supremacy, anti-Blackness, cis-heteronormative patriarchy, ableism, and dominant English monolingualism.


Career Outcomes

  • 8th-grade Civics Teacher
  • 11th-grade Psychology Teacher
  • 12th-grade AP Government and US History teacher
  • 6th-grade Ancient Civilizations and World History Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist, Primary Source
  • Grade 6-12 Humanities Coordinator

Program Requirements

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

Program Faculty

Contact Info

Faculty Contact Information: For questions about the program, please contact program directors, Dr. Kaylene Stevens,, Dr. Stephan Ellenwood,, or Dr. Rob Martinelle, 

Graduate Admissions Contact Information: For questions about the application process and costs, please contact our Graduate Enrollment Office at or 617-353-4237.

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