This Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education is designed to enhance your foundational skills, broaden your perspectives, and strengthen your ability to inspire and educate.
Duration of Program
Fall, Summer, Winter
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
Designed for aspiring teachers and career-changers with a strong background in their chosen content area (bachelor's degree or equivalent) the Master of Arts in Secondary Education provides an appreciation for and an understanding of the diverse educational needs, social concerns, and cultural values of today's secondary schools.
This MAT in Secondary Education will enhance your foundational skills, broaden your perspectives, and strengthen your ability to inspire and educate. Upon completing this master's degree, which includes pre-practicum/early field work observations and a full term of student teaching, you will be well positioned to make a meaningful impact in your school, in your community, and in the lives of your students.
The MAT+ option provides qualifying students with the opportunity to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching with further study in a selected area of expertise. Currently, students can take additional course work to earn either an additional license in special education (teacher of students of moderate disabilities, preK-8, or 5-12), or an additional license in ESL (teacher of English as a second language, preK-8, or 5-12). Teacher candidates may also plan a program of study that allows for triple licensure in consultation with the program director.
Students partake in pre-practicum/early field work observations, teaching practicum and seminars, and a full term of student teaching
Choose from elective courses covering a broad range of skills and approaches, including literacy, behavior management, and special education strategies
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Gain political, social, and historical perspectives on education
Explore the richly complex environments of schools and communities
Develop a working understanding of teaching and learning in diverse settings
Investigate how humans learn, acquire knowledge, and make sense of their experiences
Examine theories of teaching and explore how best to teach for understanding and learning achievement
Research methods and materials, pedagogies, and assessment strategies that foster integrated learning
MacFarland Scholarship – New, incoming students who are working or have the intention of working as an educator in a public school at the elementary or secondary level, within an urban area, are eligible to receive a scholarship award of up to $10,000
The Master of Arts in Secondary Education (grades 8-12) has been approved for initial licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the following content areas: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, and physics.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of teachers is expected to grow approximately 13 percent—the average pace for all occupations. Teachers who specialize in fields such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education or are willing to work urban districts, rural areas, or states with increasing populations will be in greater demand. Most job openings will result from the need to replace the large number of teachers who are expected to retire between now and 2018.
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Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
MAT statement of purpose Northeastern University's Graduate School of Education teacher-preparation programs are dedicated to cultivating educators committed to equity for all students. How does this mission align with your own professional goals? What skills and characteristics do you believe are necessary to be successful in teaching? Please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to the applicant's statement of purpose.
MAT MTEL requirement Students will have to submit their MTEL score report as part of their application. The score report would include the results of their Communications and Literacy Skills test, which includes a reading and writing subtest. View test information...
MAT undergrad degree requirement Applicants for MAT Secondary will need to hold an undergraduate degree in the area of content for licensure or have passed the required content MTEL.
English language proficiency proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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