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MAT Professional

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for Professional Licensure program is designed for students who currently hold an Initial license but who have not yet earned a Master’s degree. The program combines 5 advanced pedagogy courses along with 5 content courses. Candidates are endorsed for Professional licensure and receive a Master’s degree in Teaching upon program completion.

Professional Licensure content courses

If you currently have a master’s degree, but are seeking Professional licensure, UMass Dartmouth offers graduate level coursework to advance the following licensure areas:

The areas in which we offer the MAT for Professional Licensure are:

  • Biology
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • General Science
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Portuguese

Learn more: MAT Professional curriculum

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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