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Undergraduate Programs

Middle and Secondary Education BA/BS-MAT (4+1 Program)

To hold a Massachusetts Initial License you must:

  • possess a bachelor’s degree
  • pass the Massachusetts State Educator Tests (MTELs) and
  • complete a teacher preparation program that encompasses a full semester Student Teaching Practicum.

UMass Dartmouth offers teacher licensure programs at the graduate level only. Undergraduates may begin graduate coursework by enrolling in the BA/BS-MAT (4+1) Program during their Junior year.
 

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”


— Marian Wright Edelman

The BA/BS-MAT Program is open to students who have completed 60 credits and have maintained a GPA of 3.0. Students are allowed to take up to 15 credits of Education courses in place free electives. These courses can be transferred directly to a Master’s degree upon graduation. That is, you can graduate from UMass with a Bachelor’s degree in your major and a Master’s degree in Teaching for 135 credits.

Students from the following majors are eligible:

English Biology French Liberal Arts
History Chemistry Spanish Psychology
Math Physics Portuguese  

You may obtain your initial license in one of the following areas:

English General Science  Mathematics  Portuguese
History Chemistry  Spanish  
Biology Physics

 French

 

Course Lists

BA/BS-MAT Degree: Middle/Secondary (15 credits)

You may take the following courses before completing your BA or BS*

Mathematics & Science Majors All Other Majors

EDU 500 Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning (15 hours pre-practicum)
EDU 511 Contemporary Instruction (pre-requisite EDU 500)
EDU 512 Teaching and Managing Inclusive Classrooms (pre-requisite EDU 500, 20 hours pre-practicum)
EDU 551 Language Acquisition and English Language Learners
Content Methods (Choose one):
   MTE 502 Middle School Math
   MTE 503 High School Math
   SCI 541 Middle School General Science
   SCI 581 High School Science 

EDU 500 Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning (15 hours pre-practicum)
EDU 511 Contemporary Instruction (pre-requisite EDU 500)
EDU 512 Teaching and Managing Inclusive Classrooms (pre-requisite EDU 500, 20 hours pre-practicum) 
EDU 551 Language Acquisition and English Language Learners 
EDU 525 Reading in the Content Area Middle/Secondary (pre-requisite EDU 500, 511, 512) 


 

*Upon completion of your BA or BS, you will complete 4 additional courses plus the full-semester student teaching practicum experience.

How to Apply

  • Submit a completed BA/BS-MAT Program application, along with a copy of  your transcript to:
            Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development
            UMass Dartmouth
            Liberal Arts Building
            Office 398F
            285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.
    You must be admitted to the program to register for courses.
  • MTEL schedules can be located at www.mtel.nesinc.com.
  • Students should submit an application for the MAT-Initial program to Graduate Studies during their final undergraduate semester.

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