Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs


  • Hybrid Options Available
  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Social Studies Education at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development prepares future social studies teachers as intellectual and reflective practitioners committed to working in urban and suburban schools and with diverse student populations. You will learn teaching through inquiry, implementing a multicultural social studies curriculum, and working for social justice.

The MAT in Social Studies Education program fulfills the academic requirements for an initial teacher license in Massachusetts, which has reciprocity with most other states. This flexible master’s program can be completed in one year (summer included), and some courses can be taken online.

Hear from MAT in Social Studies Education Faculty

The MAT in Social Studies Education program provides rigorous preparation for future teachers that includes authentic experiences working in schools and socials studies classrooms

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

The full- and part-time faculty for the EdM in Social Studies Education are current and former social studies teachers, department chairs, and school leaders—and we’re here to share our decades of expertise in teaching and on-the-ground practice. We are committed to teaching for justice, consistent with BU Wheelock’s mission as a college.

Career Outcomes

With the MAT in Social Studies Education from BU Wheelock, you’ll discover a wealth of career options. The rigorous education you receive at Boston University will give you the solid foundation you need as an educator and leader.

  • Civics teachers
  • Psychology teachers
  • AP Government and US History teachers
  • Ancient civilizations teachers
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Humanities coordinator

More Information about the MAT in Social Studies Education

Field-Based Experiences

MAT students in the Social Studies Education program complete a pre-practicum and practicum in a school. The pre-practicum takes place one day a week in the fall semester, followed by a practicum in the spring that takes place every day.

Master’s Degree Program

If you already have your initial teaching license, but are seeking a graduate degree program that will advance your knowledge as a teacher and leader, explore BU Wheelock’s Master of Education (EdM).

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about the MAT in Social Studies Education. Get information about application requirements and deadlines, as well as financial aid, and sign up for an information session.

Licensing Disclosure
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

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