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Mathematics, MAT

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The Master of Arts in Teaching degree was developed for high school and middle school subject area teachers who have an initial license and are seeking a professional license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MAT program is designed to meet the "appropriate master's degree" requirement, which is part of the criteria for professional stage licensure, as set forth in the most recent MA DESE licensure regulations. This degree program will also appeal to secondary school teachers who already hold a standard level or professional license and want to acquire additional knowledge and a master's degree in the discipline.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Math 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 mathematics.

The MAT program offers:

  • Content based Mathematics courses
  • 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 of state

 Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. John Pike

Admissions Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in mathematics with a minimum 3.0 GPA in mathematics courses. Applicants, who have a minor in mathematics with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the minor, may be recommended for a conditional admission, with the understanding that they complete prerequisite undergraduate courses, such as MATH 161/161E - Single Variable Calculus IMATH 162 - Single Variable Calculus II, MATH 180 - Transition to Advanced Mathematics, MATH 202 - Linear Algebra, and MATH 261 - Multivariable Calculus, with a grade of “C-” or higher. Courses that are offered at other institutions that would be considered transfer equivalencies will be evaluated. Those who do not have a major or minor in mathematics, or do not have a minimum 3.0 GPA should contact the Graduate Coordinator in the Mathematics Department prior to applying.
  • An Initial teaching License
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • A Personal Statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment.
Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.

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Core 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 (capstone for the degree program)

Concentration Courses (12 credits)
Select one course from each of the following four categories:

Analysis (3 credits)

  • MATH 518 - Topics in Analysis
  • MATH 596 - Topics in Mathematics*

Algebra (3 credits)

  • MATH 510 - Group Theory
  • MATH 527 - Cryptology
  • MATH 561 - Topics in Number Theory
  • MATH 596 - Topics in Mathematics*

Geometry/finite math (3 credits)

  • MATH 551 - Topics in Finite Mathematics
  • MATH 552 - Topics in Analytic Geometry
  • MATH 562 - Topics in Geometry
  • MATH 596 - Topics in Mathematics*

Applied math/statistics (3 credits)

  • MATH 504 - Topics in Statistics
  • MATH 516 - Topics in Applied Mathematics
  • MATH 582 - Topics in Problem Solving Using Technology
  • MATH 596 - Topics in Mathematics*

* Applies when topic addresses category in question

Electives (6 credits)

Complete two additional 500-level math (MATH courses)
Exit requirement
The successful completion of a portfolio of significant work drawn from three or more graduate level Mathematics courses or a capstone project approved by the department is required. Please see the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog for additional information.
Total minimum credits: 33

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

Program Objectives for the MAT in Mathematics


BSU's mission statement is informed by its storied history as a teaching institution. The  Mathematics MAT program serves this mission by providing in-service and aspiring educators with the tools to solve problems and communicate effectively, helping them develop into critical thinkers who can engage with their students and the broader community. Additionally, graduates of this program will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematics, which will support them in shaping the next generation of scholars and citizens. By sending highly trained educators into our commonwealth’s schools, we hope to serve the university’s mission of creating a more skilled and diverse workforce in the future.


Student Learning Outcomes for the MAT in Mathematics


Upon successful completion of their degree, our students should be able to:


  1. Demonstrate knowledge in a variety of mathematical subjects including analysis, algebra, finite mathematics/geometry, and applied mathematics/statistics.

  1. Solve problems in pure and applied mathematics contexts.

  1. Effectively communicate mathematics in oral and written form.

Core MAT Outcomes


Students will know and be able to:


  1. Be informed (and critical) consumers of research literature, and become familiar with the methods and technology surrounding scientific inquiry. (EDMC 530)

  1. Examine curriculum within the scope of a general framework of curriculum meaning, design, development, and use. However, the specific focus of the course will be to develop standards – based curriculum and to understand the paradigm shift for educators today in what teaching and learning need to look like in a standards- based environment. (EDMC 531)

  1. Articulate a personal position on critical issues and to practice school leadership and community advocacy on issues of concern. (EDMC 532)

  1. Explore ways to conduct high quality assessments that accurately track student learning.  They will learn to use assessment information to inform instructional decisions, and will discover ways to use the assessment process as a basis for helping students improve their own learning and achievement. (EDMC 533)

  1. Examine their own classroom learning and teaching practices that are consistent with their theory of learning. They will reflect upon and demonstrate their knowledge of the best practices that address high standards and expectations, effective instruction, and assessment. (EDMC 538)

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 Mathematics 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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