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The Master of Arts in Teaching degree in English (MAT) was developed for high school and middle school English teachers who seek professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  With coursework in the Departments of Education and English, the MAT program provides a balanced emphasis on building advanced teaching skills and deeper content knowledge within the discipline of English studies.  Applicants to the MAT program must already have initial licensure to teach in the state. 

If you seek initial licensure, the BSU Education department offers an Accelerated Post Baccalaureate program (APB).  Another master’s degree option that satisfies the requirement for professional teaching licensure is the MA in English; consult the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information about whether the MAT or MA in English would be the right choice for you.     


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in English provides an inspiring learning environment with opportunities to work side-by-side with peers, experienced classroom teachers and dedicated faculty in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. Integrating theory and practice, the program provides a balanced emphasis on building advanced teaching skills and deeper content knowledge within English Studies. This advanced degree will enhance your understanding of the roles that language, literature, and writing play in societies and individual lives. Graduate students in the MAT take 6 courses in English and 5 in Education. Advising will be done by full-time members of the graduate faculty in the Department of English.

The MAT in English program offers:

  • Diverse faculty with advanced degrees and extensive teaching and research experience
  • A solid foundation in effective teaching, research, writing, oral communication, and presentation skills
  • A deeper understanding of instruction and assessment techniques for diverse learners
  • Development of advocacy and leadership competencies
  • Full- and part-time program options
  • Small classes of 10-15 students, facilitating a personalized learning experience
  • Evening, Saturday, and hybrid (partially online) classes
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Kimberly Davis

Total Minimum Credits: 33

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of coursework or 3.0 GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation. At least two recommenders should be professors; another could be a school administrator or supervisor.
  • Personal Statement - A 400-500 word statement of purpose, including reasons for undertaking the degree, relevant experience and aptitude, and academic topics of interest in the field. 
  • Initial teaching License - An initial teaching license

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but below are our priority deadlines:

Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Sessions: February 1

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Education - MAT Courses (15 credits)
These courses are required by the Education Department.
EDMC 530- The Teacher as Researcher

EDMC 531- The Standards-Based Classroom: Curriculum
EDMC 532 - The Teacher as Leader: From Issues to Advocacy
EDMC 533 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners
EDMC 538 - The Professional Teacher

English Courses (18 credits)

Introductory Course (3 credits)
ENGL 500- Introduction to Graduate Study in English

Electives in literary periods, figures, or genres (6 credits)
Complete two courses, selected from the following:
ENGL 520 - Studies in Shakespeare and the Renaissance
ENGL 527 - Studies in 17th Century British Literature
ENGL 531 - Studies in 18th Century British Literature
ENGL 541 - Studies in the Novel
ENGL 542 - Studies in Victorian Literature
ENGL 551 - American Transcendentalism
ENGL 552 - Contemporary American Fiction
ENGL 562 - Studies in Modern Drama
ENGL 570 - Graduate Seminar in American Literature (recent topics have included Whitman and Dickinson, African American Literature, and Modernism)
ENGL 580 - Graduate Seminar in English Literature (recent topics have included Victorian Children's Literature, Charles Dickens, and Posthumanism in Recent Fiction)
ENGL 590 - Graduate Seminar in World Literature (recent topics have included Classical Mythology, 20th and 21st Century Irish Fiction, Irish Cinema, and Elegy)

Elective in ethnic or culturally diverse literature or writing (3 credits)
Complete one course, selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator. These courses are usually offered as special topics (511, 570, 580, or 590).

Elective in writing (3 credits)
ENGL 511 - Special Topics in Writing (recent topics have included Cultural Rhetorics, Native Writing and Rhetoric, and Teaching Writing in the Digital Age)
ENGL 513 - Theories of Writing
ENGL 514 - Linguistics for TESOL
ENGL 516 - Theories of Second Language Acquisition
ENGL 517 - Critical Approaches to TESOL Methods
ENGL 518 - Issues in Second Language Acquisition
ENGL 519 - Language and Power
ENGL 521 - Special Topics in TESOL
ENGL 592 - Fiction Writing Workshop
ENGL 593 - Poetry Writing Workshop
ENGL 595 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

Electives in literature and/or writing (3 credits)
Complete one additional 500-level English course, not used to fulfill other requirements

Exit Requirement: Graduate Comprehensive Exam
Successful completion of a 3-hour written comprehensive examination is required.

Total minimum credits: 33

*For information about transfer credits and other administrative details, please view the Graduate Academic Policies section of the catalog.






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Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The Master of Arts in Teaching English is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

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