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Biology, MAT

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Department: Biological Sciences 

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree was developed for high school and middle school subject area teachers who have an initial license and are seeking a professional license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MAT program is designed to meet the “appropriate master’s degree” requirement, which is part of the criteria for professional stage licensure, as set forth in the most recent MA DESE licensure regulations. This degree program will also appeal to secondary school teachers who already hold a standard level of professional license and want to acquire additional knowledge and a master’s degree in the discipline.

Students should consult the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures  section of this catalog for information regarding graduate program procedures.

Learning Outcomes: Biological Sciences , Master’s Core 

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • An initial teaching license
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work

Program of Study

Biology content courses (18 credits)

Teachers will be expected to develop a knowledge base appropriate to the subject matter and to develop the skills and techniques needed for laboratory or fieldwork in the field of study.

Excluding those BIOE courses that cover subject matter that the student has previously taken at either the graduate or undergraduate level, all BIOE and BIOL 500-level courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences at Bridgewater State University may be applied toward the 18 hours of content courses required for the MAT in Biology degree.

Complete 18 credits of biology, selected from the following:


BIOE 511 BIOE 514 , and BIOE 515  will focus on outcomes.

Exit requirement

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

Total minimum credits: 33

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