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Graduate program

This comprehensive interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with the background, tools, and knowledge necessary to engage in effective and creative teaching in today’s K-12 classroom.

The Post Baccalaureate Certificate is the preferred option for students who already posess a master's degree in another field and now want a teaching career. The certificate provides an inital license to teach. DESE requirements to advance licensure after the inital stage.

The MAT for Initial Licensure is for students who currently hold an undergraduate degree and wish to teach.The program provides an inital teaching license and a master's degree in teaching.

The MAT for Professional Licensure is the preferred option for students who either:

  • have completed an undergraduate initial licensure program (Route 1);
  • hold an initial license from another institution (Route 2);
  • have opted to complete an initial licensure program within their district (Route 3); or
  • have earned an initial license through a performance assessment (Route 4).

   Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Program

The Post Baccalaureate Licensure program is designed for students who are just entering the field or need to advance their preliminary license to the next level. The curriculum starts with a core set of three courses; EDU 500, EDU 511 and EDU 512, builds to methodology courses in the respective disciplines, then culminates into a semester-long supervised practicum experience in a local school district. The Licensure office provides placement for students who are not currently working in the field.

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information- Secondary Education Teacher

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information- Middle School Teacher Preparation

Licenses are granted in the following disciplines:
 English  General Science  Mathematics  Portuguese
 History  Chemistry  Spanish  
 Biology Physics   French  

Course Lists: Middle/Secondary  | Link to Course Catalog



MIDDLE / SECONDARY: 24 credits, eight courses

EDU 500 Fundamentals of Teaching
EDU 511 Contemporary Instruction
EDU 512 Teaching and Managing Inclusive Clasrooms
EDU 525 Reading in the Content Areas, Middle and High School

Content Methods (choose one)

  • English: ENL 549 Teaching English
  • History: HST 501 Teaching History and Social Studies
  • General Science: SCI 541 Methods and Resources in General Science for Middle School Educators
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics: SCI 581 Methods and Resources for Secondary Science Educators
  • Mathematics
  • MTE 502 Math Methods for Middle School Teachers
  • MTE 503 Math Methods for High School Teachers
  • Spanish FLL 524 Concepts in Foreign Language Teaching
  • French FLL 524 Concepts in Foreign Language Teaching
  • Portuguese: POR 521 Teaching Portuguese

Two courses in ELL (English Language Learners)

EDU 532: Teaching Practicum or Teaching Practicum Equivalent- Middle/Secondary

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    Masters of Arts in Teaching for Initial Licensure

The Master of Arts in Teaching for Initial licensure program (MAT-I) is designed for students who are just entering the field or need to advance their preliminary license to the next level. Four courses in advanced pedagogy supplement the post-baccalaureate program to achieve a Master’s of Arts degree. Students may opt for concentrations in general education, special education or professional content.

Licenses are granted in the following disciplines:
 Elementary  Biology  Physics  French
 English  General Science  Mathematics  Portuguese
 History  Chemistry  Spanish  

 Course Lists: Middle/Secondary  | Link to Course Catalog


MIDDLE / SECONDARY 30 credits

EDU 500 Fundamentals of Teaching
EDU 511 Contemporary Instruction
EDU 512 Teaching and Managing Inclusive Clasrooms
EDU 525 – Integrated Reading Literacy and Content Methods Middle/Secondary 

Content Methods (choose one)

  • English: ENL 549 Teaching English
  • History: HST 501 Teaching History and Social Studies
  • General Science: SCI 541 Methods and Resources in General Science for Middle School Educators
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics: SCI 581 Methods and Resources for Secondary Science Educators
  • Mathematics
  • MTE 502 Math Methods for Middle School Teachers
  • MTE 503 Math Methods for High School Teachers
  • Spanish FLL 524 Concepts in Foreign Language Teaching
  • French FLL 524 Concepts in Foreign Language Teaching
  • Portuguese: POR 521 Teaching Portuguese

Two courses in ELL (English Language Learners)

EDU 532: Teaching Practicum or Teaching Practicum Equivalent- Middle/Secondary

Two electives from the following list:

MAT 511 History and Foundations of Education
MAT 513 Urban Education
MAT 610 Education Research and Technology
MAT 612 Instructional Methodology
MAT 614 Curriculum Theory and Practice
EDU 548 Classroom Management for Mildly and Moderately Disabled Students**
EDU 549 Diagnostic and Remedial Assessment for Mildly and Moderately Disabled Students**
EDU 561 Special Topics in Education
Graduate level content course

**Courses can be used for Add-on License in Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities

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   Masters of Arts in Teaching for Professional Licensure

The Masters of Arts in Teaching for Professional Licensure program designed for students who currently hold an Initial license from another institution or obtained an Initial license through a district-based program. The program combines five advanced pedagogy courses along with five content courses. Candidates are endorsed for Professional licensure through the University.

Licenses are granted in the following disciplines:
 English  General Science French
 History  Mathematics  Portuguese
 Biology  Spanish  

Course Lists: Middle/Secondary Link to Course Catalog



MIDDLE / SECONDARY: 30 credits

MAT 511 History and Foundations of Education
MAT 513 Urban Education
MAT 612 Instructional Methodology
MAT 610 Education Research and Technology
MAT 614 Curriculum Theory and Practice

Five Content courses (15 credits) in appropriate discipline.


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For students who are begining their journey into teaching, the 5-year BA/BS MAT for Initial Licensure remains the most efficient way to earn both an Initial license in their content area and a Masters degree.

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