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Middle and High School Education

About the Program


In the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program we teach you how to think deeply about 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".* This wild triangle operates within the culture of power articulated by Lisa Delpit.** To prepare to be teachers, we believe that it is important to begin our work together by exploring our educational and lived experiences and understanding where we are situated in the culture of power.


Candidates ordinarily complete the program within one academic year and two summer semesters. Advisors work with you to ensure your 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 a year-long field-based experience. Candidates also takes two to four graduate level courses in the academic field for which license is sought.

Program Objectives

Candidates for the MAT degree will demonstrate the ability to:

Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Understand the triangle of education and its components (the teacher, the students, and the subject) and consider them carefully.
  • Critically examine teaching, learning, and schooling through the lenses of the culture of power and other complex theoretical frameworks.
  • Maintain a strong academic knowledge of the content they want to teach and employ pedagogies that best meets students’ needs to foster learning.
  • Draw upon the research in human development and learning, working with exceptionalities in the classroom, learning theory and cognitive development, adolescent psychology to design successful classroom cultures and practices.
  • Identify the culture and structure of schools and understand how schools shape the values and work of teachers and students.
  • To learn about the community in which they teach and to think of themselves as teachers in a community.
  • Understand the profound ethical and moral considerations embedded in the decisions that teachers must make every day in their classrooms and the impact of those decisions on students and their learning, their families, and community.