Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Degree Options: Master of Arts in Teaching; see also MAT/M.A. dual degree
Credits: 36-credit program with 14-week, full-time practicum; 40-credit program with full-year internship
Start Date: Any semester
Program Advisors: Gary Oakes
Simmons's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides a strong academic and pedagogical foundation, with extensive field experience for men and women seeking their first teaching license as elementary teachers (grades 1-6) or middle school (grades 5-8) and high school teachers (grades 9-12). Our graduates have exceptional pass rates on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) -- and quickly build successful careers.
"Simmons gave me not only a high standard of academics but also incredible access to my professors, I can't stress enough how much the graduate education faculty impressed me- how they took the time to learn our goals and interests. Together, they formed this invaluable support system for our transformation into educators."
—Veronica Rogers, '12 MAT
5th Grade English & Humanities Teacher, Lynnfield Middle School, Lynnfield, Massachusetts
At Simmons, we provide a highly collaborative environment, individualized programs of study, supportive faculty mentors, and plenty of hands-on experience. Although we offer a one-semester teaching practicum (the state minimum), many students opt to pursue our unique full-year internship, which allows them to gain more classroom experience than most teaching programs provide. In addition, MAT supervisors observe students a minimum of six times each semester and maintain weekly contact. Many of our program supervisors and supervising practitioners are Simmons alumni; experienced classroom teachers and all are committed mentors.
The MAT curriculum combines theory with practice, including multicultural perspectives and teaching skills. Methods courses include related field experiences that allow students to observe and apply teaching strategies and techniques. Elementary teacher courses address instructional strategies and materials for teaching reading and language arts, math, social studies, and science. Middle and high school courses address curriculum and teaching strategies for English, modern world languages, history, political science/philosophy, the sciences, and mathematics. Additional courses explore developmental psychology and contemporary issues in education.
Simmons offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, with preparation for licensure as an elementary, middle school, or high school teacher. Students may pursue a 36-credit program with a 14-week full-time practicum, or a 40-credit program with a full-year internship. Some partnering schools and districts provide a stipend for Simmons teaching interns. Students may begin the MAT program any semester. A summer session start date is recommended for those who wish to do the yearlong internship and complete the program in three semesters.
Simmons also offers a Teaching/Liberal Arts dual-degree program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching, plus a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, Gender/Cultural Studies, English, or History.