Photo of MAT student Megan O'Connell at the Elms Summer Reading program

Megan O'Connell '19

“The summer reading program at Elms has been a tremendous learning experience for me. The amount of knowledge, support, and advice that I received from professors and fellow teachers during the reading clinic was immeasurable. The sense of community here was something that can’t be imitated.”

After gaining new teaching strategies and techniques in the M.A.T. program, Megan O’Connell ’19 is prepared to enter her fifth year as a kindergarten teacher at Lambert-Lavoie Elementary School in Chicopee, MA.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a master’s degree and an Initial Massachusetts state license as an educator. The licensure is reciprocal with those of more than 40 states, islands, and territories.

We offer M.A.T. programs in:

  • Biology (8-12)
  • Chemistry (8-12)
  • Early Childhood (PreK-2)
  • Earth & Space Science (8-12)
  • Elementary (1-6)
  • English (5-12)
  • English as a Second Language (PreK-6) and (5-12)
  • Foreign Language-Spanish (5-12)
  • General Science (5-8)
  • History (5-12)
  • Humanities (5-8)
  • Mathematics (5-8) and (8-12)
  • Math/Science (5-8)
  • Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) or (5-12)
  • Physics (8-12)
  • Reading Specialist (all levels)

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Mary Kate Sullivan '20

Photo of MaryKate Sullivan and a summer reading program student“My favorite part of teaching is watching my students experience that ‘light bulb moment’ when reading. Having a solid foundation in literacy is so important for them.”

As a first grade teacher in Springfield, MA, Mary Kate chose the reading specialist track because she loves helping students become lifelong readers.

Read Mary Kate’s story.