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)

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.

Curriculum

Click to view course requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Middle and Secondary Requirements (5-8) and (8-12) and Spanish (5-12)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 6000EDU 600Reflective Teaching Practice3
EDU 6200EDU 620Development and Learning3
EDU 5109EDU 519Students with Special Needs3
EDU 5403EDU 543Models of Inclusion3
EDU 5205EDU 525Middle & Secondary Instruction3
EDU 5206EDU 526Middle & Secondary Curriculum3
EDU 5106EDU 516Introduction to Technology in Education3
EDU 6104EDU 614Reading in the Content Areas3
EDU 7901EDU 791Educating English Language Learners3
EDU 6600EDU 660Seminar in Professional Education3
An Initial Practicum in the Field of Licensure3

Early Childhood Education (PreK-2) Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 6000EDU 600Reflective Teaching Practice3
EDU 6200EDU 620Development and Learning3
EDU 5109EDU 519Students with Special Needs3
EDU 7908EDU 798Developing Language & Literacy I3
EDU 7909EDU 799Developing Language & Literacy II3
EDU 6101EDU 611Writing Workshop3
EDU 5104EDU 514Methods in Math Instruction3
EDU 5805EDU 585Inquiry-Based Science Methods3
EDU 5402EDU 542Assessment of Students3
EDU 6202EDU 622Curriculum for Early Childhood Inclusion Settings3
EDU 7901EDU 791Educating English Language learners3
EDU 6600EDU 660Seminar in Professional Education3
EDU 7000EDU 700Early Childhood Initial Practicum3

Elementary Education (1-6) Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 6000EDU 600Reflective Teaching Practice3
EDU 6200EDU 620Development and Learning3
EDU 5109EDU 519Students with Special Needs3
EDU 7908EDU 798Developing Language & Literacy I3
EDU 7909EDU 799Developing Language & Literacy II3
EDU 6101EDU 611Writing Workshop3
EDU 5104EDU 514Methods in Math Instruction3
EDU 5805EDU 585Inquiry-Based Science Methods3
EDU 6306EDU 636Social Studies Methods3
EDU 7901EDU 791Educating English Language learners3
EDU 6600EDU 660Seminar in Professional Education3
EDU 7001EDU 701Elementary (1-6) Initial Practicum3

English as a Second Language (PreK-6) Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 6000EDU 600Reflective Teaching Practice3
EDU 6200EDU 620Development and Learning3
EDU 5109EDU 519Students with Special Needs3
EDU 7908EDU 798Developing Language & Literacy I3
EDU 7909EDU 799Developing Language & Literacy II3
EDU 6101EDU 611Writing Workshop3
EDU 5104EDU 514Methods in Math Instruction3
EDU 5805EDU 585Inquiry-Based Science Methods3
EDU 6306EDU 636Social Studies Methods3
EDU 6407EDU 647Bilingualism and Applied Linguistics3
EDU 6502EDU 652Issues in ESL/Bilingulism3
EDU 6504EDU 654Methods in Teaching ESL3
Choose one: SOC 5800 Racial & Cultural Groups (formerly SOC 580) or SPA 512 Hispanic Cultures in the United States (formerly SPA 512)3
EDU 6600EDU 660Seminar in Professional Education3
EDU 7004EDU 704ESL (PreK-6) Initial Practicum3

English as a Second Language (5-12) Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 6000EDU 600Reflective Teaching Practice3
EDU 6200EDU 620Development and Learning3
EDU 5109EDU 519Students with Special Needs3
EDU 7908EDU 798Developing Language & Literacy I3
EDU 7909EDU 799Developing Language & Literacy II3
EDU 6101EDU 611Writing Workshop3
EDU 5206EDU 526Middle & Secondary Curriculum3
EDU 6407EDU 647Bilingualism and Applied Linguistics3
EDU 6502EDU 652Issues in ESL/Bilingulism3
EDU 6504EDU 654Methods in Teaching ESL3
Choose one: SOC 5800 Racial & Cultural Groups (formerly SOC 580) or SPA 512 Hispanic Cultures in the United States (formerly SPA 512)3
EDU 6600EDU 660Seminar in Professional Education3
EDU 7005EDU 705ESL (5-12) Initial Practicum3

Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 6000EDU 600Reflective Teaching Practice3
EDU 6200EDU 620Development and Learning3
EDU 5109EDU 519Students with Special Needs3
EDU 7908EDU 798Developing Language & Literacy I3
EDU 7909EDU 799Developing Language & Literacy II3
EDU 6101EDU 611Writing Workshop3
EDU 5104EDU 514Methods in Math Instruction3
EDU 5805EDU 585Inquiry-Based Science Methods3
EDU 6306EDU 636Social Studies Methods3
EDU 5402EDU 542Assessment of Students3
EDU 5403EDU 543Models of Inclusion3
Choose one: EDU 7308 No-Fault Classroom Management (formerly EDU 738) or PSY 5103 Psychology of Behavioral Management (formerly PSY 513)3
EDU 7901EDU 791Educating English Language Learners3
EDU 6600EDU 660Seminar in Professional Education3
Choose one: EDU 7007 Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Initial Practicum (formerly EDU 707) or EDU 7008 Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (5-12) Initial Practicum (formerly EDU 708)3

Reading Specialist (all levels) Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
Child & Adolescent Development (prerequisite)
At least one survey course in reading (prerequisite)
EDU 7200EDU 720Struggling Readers – Primary – PreK-2 (Assessment & Instruction)3
EDU 7201EDU 721Struggling Readers – Elementary – 3-6 (Assessment & Instruction)3
EDU 6101EDU 611Writing Workshop3
EDU 7006EDU 706Practicum & Seminar in Reading Specialist3
To complete the second reading specialist practicum at the middle/secondary level:
EDU 7202EDU 722Struggling Readers – Middle/Secondary – 7-12 (Assess. & Instruction)3
EDU 6104EDU 614Literacy Across the Disciplines3
EDU 6102EDU 612Multicultural Children’s Literature3
EDU 6107EDU 617Administration of Reading Programs3
EDU 7901EDU 791Educating English Language Learners3
EDU 7108EDU 718Research in Literacy3
Pass Reading Specialist MTEL
EDU 7103EDU 713Practicum & Seminar in Reading Specialist3