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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Physical Science 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) Physical Science 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 for example:

     Dr. Edward Deveney: Quantum Mechanics of Atoms and Molecules

     Dr. Edward Brush: Problem- based Learning through Green Chemistry

     Dr. Steve Kaczmarek: Carbonate Petrology and Geochemical Kinetics

     Dr. Martina Arndt: Astrophysics and Astronomy

  • 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. Thomas Kling

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 one letter of recommendation should be an academic reference from a professor
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful 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
  • Initial teaching License - An initial teaching license

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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PHSC 501 - Problem Solving in Physical Science
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

Candidates must complete twelve credits in electives. At least three credits from Chemistry, three credits from Earth Sciences and the credits from Physics.

CHEM 560 - Special Topics in Chemistry

Earth Sciences
GEOL 501 - Observational Astronomy
GEOL 504 - Observational Meteorology
GEOL 550 - Modern Development in Earth Science
GEOL 560 - Special Topics in Earth Science

General Science
GSCI 560 - Special Topics in Science Teaching

PHYS 560 - Special Topics in Physics Teaching
PHYS 581 - The Physics of the Environment
PHYS 593 - Special Topics in Secondart School Science OR
PHYS 594 - Special Topics in Middle School Science

Capstone Course
PHSC 590 - Integrated Physical Science

Total Minimum Credits: 33

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

Learning Outcomes

1.  Receive high content  in  Chemistry/Earth Sciences/Physics  with potential  to impact  teaching at  the  high  school  level

2.  Receive high content  and hands  on  Experimental  Lab courses  with potential  to impact teaching  at  the  high school  level

3.  Receive content-rich science specific  (chemistry/earth  science/physics)  pedagogy

4.  Present  science clearly  in written  and/or  spoken  form  stressing  scientific  methods

5.  Afford  the opportunity  for  independent  research with  faculty 

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)  

2.  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)  

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

4.  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)  

5.  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) 

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