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
- 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 I, MATH 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 officially reported GRE General Test score.
- An Initial teaching License
- Three appropriate letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- Online application and $50 application fee
- 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
Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Sessions: February 1
Applications received after these deadlines may still be considered.
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
Algebra (3 credits)
- MATH 510 - Group Theory
- MATH 527 - Cryptology
- MATH 561 - Topics in Number Theory
Geometry/finite math (3 credits)
- MATH 551 - Topics in Finite Mathematics
- MATH 552 - Topics in Analytic Geometry
- MATH 562 - Topics in Geometry
Applied math/statistics (3 credits)
- MATH 504 - Topics in Statistics
- MATH 516 - Topics in Applied Mathematics
- MATH 582 - Topics in Problem Solving Using Technology
The successful completion of a comprehensive examination of the concentration 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.
***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.