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English MAT students

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)
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)

ENGL 500- Introduction to Graduate Study in English

Electives in Literary Study (6 credits): Topics courses in American, British, or World Literature

Elective in Composition/Rhetoric, Creative Writing or TESOL (3 credits)

Elective in Ethnic or Culturally Diverse Literature, Writing, or Film (3 credits)
(recent topics have included African American satire, Native American Writing and Rhetoric, and Irish Film)

Elective in English Education (3 credits): Literature or Composition Pedagogy

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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