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English, MAT


Department: English  

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree in English (MAT) is designed for high school and middle school English teachers seeking a master’s degree for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Applicants to the MAT program must already have initial licensure to teach in the state. With coursework in the Departments of Education and English, the MAT in English degree provides a balanced emphasis on teaching skills and deeper content knowledge within the discipline of English studies. Graduate faculty in English offer seminars in canonical and emerging British, American and world literatures; composition and rhetoric; linguistics and TESOL; creative writing; and film studies. Education course work focuses on topics such as instruction and assessment techniques for diverse learners, standards-based curriculum, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the teacher as advocate and leader.

Admission Requirements


  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of course work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011
  • An initial teaching license
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work

Program of Study


Electives in literary periods, figures or genres (6 credits)


Complete two courses, selected from the following:

Elective in ethnic and culturally diverse literature (3 credits)


Complete one course, selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Elective in literature or writing (3 credits)


Complete one 500-level English (ENGL) course, not used to meet other requirements.

Exit requirement


Successful completion of a comprehensive examination administered by the English department is required. Please see the Graduate Academic Policies  section of this catalog for additional information.

Total minimum credits: 33