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Middle and High School Education
About the Program
In the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, we don't teach you how to teach. Instead, we teach you how to think deeply about teaching and the relationships that are critical for effective teaching and learning. These relationships exist within what Joseph McDonald calls the wild triangle: "Real teaching, I learned in time, happens inside a wild triangle of relationships - among teacher, students, subject - and the points of this triangle shift continuously" (1).* To prepare to be teachers, we begin our work together by exploring our own experiences with these relationships in our own education.
Students ordinarily complete the program, which requires completion of ten to twelve courses, within one academic year and two summer semesters. Candidates may choose to extend their studies and student teaching for a longer time period. Advisors work with candidates to ensure that their coursework meets all the requirements for Massachusetts Initial license, developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Eight of the required courses are in education, including field-based experiences. Each student also takes two to four graduate level courses in the academic field for which license is sought.
Candidates for the MAT degree will demonstrate the ability to:
Since 2009, 100% of the candidates who completed the MAT program and sought a teaching position have found teaching positions. These include positions in schools throughout the greater Boston area, central and western Massachusetts, throughout New England, in various corners of the country, and even overseas. While most of our graduates work in public schools, some graduates teach abroad or in independent schools. Because of our strong reputation and healthy network of alumni, many school administrators actively recruit our graduates.
*McDonald, Joseph (1992). Teaching: Making sense of an uncertain craft. New York: Teachers College Press.
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