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MAT In-Service On Site

MAT for In-Service Teachers: On-Site Program

30 credits

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - In-Service on-site track is designed for students who are currently teaching in Fall River, New Bedford, or Southbridge public schools and need to advance an Initial or Provisional license. Students will earn a master’s degree in teaching (MAT). Initial licensure is obtained through an employment-based practicum outside of the MAT program. Students pursuing this option will apply to the MAT Non-Licensure track and follow the course sequence below. 

This program is context-specific, where curricular objectives are aligned to district-selected goals.


Required courses

  • EDU 510 Psychological and Social Foundations of Education
  • EDU 521 Integrated Classroom Practices for Inservice Teachers
  • EDU 522 Integrated Classroom Practices for Inservice Teachers 2
  • EDU 561 Special Topics: District-Based Instructional Strategies I
  • EDU 561  Special Topics: District-Based Instructional Strategies II
  • EDU 601 Sociocultural and Political Contexts of Education
  • EDU 602 Inquiry and Research
  • EDU 603 Designing Instruction for Learning
  • 4 Graduate-level Content Courses 

Teaching English as a Second Language concentration

In lieu of 4 content courses:

  • EDU 651 Language, Culture & Linguistics
  • EDU 652 Current Sociolinguistic Issues in TESOL
  • EDU 653 Theories of Language Acquisition - Implications for Instruction
  • EDU 654 Field Experience: Methods & Materials for Language
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Important information

Non-degree students: Students may take up to 6 credits prior to acceptance to the program, however to be eligible for financial aid, students must be matriculated. Non-degree students may obtain permission to enter courses by contacting Traci Almeida, Graduate Admissions Coordinator: 508.999.8098 or

Tuition discount for teachers in local districts: Students employed as teachers in local districts are eligible for a 20% tuition discount. Participating districts include Acushnet, Dartmouth,  Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown/Lakeville, New Bedford, Old Rochester, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Wareham, Westport and Cape Cod. Employment verification must be submitted each semester. 

GPA requirements: Candidates must maintain a B average in all EDU courses. No grade less than a B- will be accepted. Additionally, the University requires that all graduate students maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

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