Master of Arts in Teaching


Master of Arts in Teaching


Create change. Become a leader in education.

Do you remember the influence of a special teacher – a teacher who pushed you and believed in you; who somehow sparked a lifelong curiosity and passion for learning? Do you also remember the way that teacher challenged you and perhaps, in some small or significant way, changed your life?

If you had a special teacher – or wished you had one – now is the time to create a memorable learning experience for someone else, with a Master in Arts in Teaching degree from Bridgewater State University. This challenging program can help you develop a deeper understanding of teaching and become a leader in your chosen discipline – enabling you to enhance learning and inspire positive change for your students.

Program Highlights

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides a dynamic and inspiring learning environment, offering you countless 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 knowledge within a particular discipline.

The MAT program offers:

  • Diverse faculty with advanced degrees and extensive teaching and research experience
  • A solid foundation in effective teaching, learning, research and communication 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 that facilitate a more personalized learning experience
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out

The Curriculum

The MAT program is designed for high school and middle school subject area teachers with initial certification who are seeking professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as for licensed secondary school teachers who wish to enhance their teaching skills and earn a master's degree in a particular discipline. The program meets the appropriate master's degree requirement, which is part of the criteria for professional stage licensure as defined in MA DESE licensure regulations.

The 33-credit curriculum includes core courses such as The Teacher as Researcher, The Teacher as Leader: From Issues to Advocacy, and Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners, as well as 18 credits in the academic area of concentration.

Programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching are offered in the following areas:

The mission of the Master of Arts in Teaching program: To prepare educators and related professionals to teach, lead and serve in a diverse and evolving global society.


You’ve thought about it. You believe you can do it. And you’ve explored your options. Now you’re ready to advance your career – through the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University. Take the first step. Apply now. And get ready to transform your life!

Bridgewater State University College of Graduate Studies

Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate degree, licensure and certificate programs to meet the needs of Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Led by scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the graduate faculty, our offerings include a variety of nationally accredited master's degree programs in professional studies, education, arts and sciences and business. The College of Graduate Studies ensures high-quality, research-based, stimulating and intellectually challenging educational experiences to those who seek expertise and leadership in their professions and a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship.

Bridgewater State University remains steadfast in its dual mission to educate citizens to be the best they can be and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to advance the economic and cultural life of the region and beyond.


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Office of Graduate Admissions
Maxwell Library

10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1300


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