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Teaching (MAT): Elementary Education
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Simmons's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides a strong academic and pedagogical foundation, with extensive field experience for men and women seeking their Initial teaching license as elementary teachers (grades 1-6). Our graduates have exceptional pass rates on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) — and quickly build successful careers.
At Simmons, we provide a highly collaborative environment, individualized programs of study, supportive faculty mentors, and plenty of hands-on experience. Although we offer a one-semester teaching practicum (the state minimum), many students opt to pursue our unique full-year internship, which allows them to gain more classroom experience than most teaching programs provide. In addition, MAT supervisors observe students a minimum of six times each semester and maintain weekly contact. Many of our program supervisors and supervising practitioners are Simmons alumni, and all are experienced classroom teachers and committed mentors.
The MAT curriculum combines theory with practice, including multicultural perspectives and teaching skills. Methods courses include related field experiences that allow students to observe and apply teaching strategies and techniques. Elementary teacher courses address instructional strategies and materials for teaching reading and language arts, math, social studies, and science. Additional courses explore developmental psychology and contemporary issues in education.
We offer a Master of Arts in Teaching, with preparation for Initial licensure as an elementary school teacher in Massachusetts. Students may pursue a 36-credit program with a 14-week full-time practicum, or a 40-credit program with a full-year internship. Some partnering schools and districts provide a stipend for Simmons teaching interns. Students may begin the MAT program any semester. A summer session start date is recommended for those who wish to do the yearlong internship and complete the program in three semesters.
Simmons also offers a Teaching/Liberal Arts dual-degree program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching, plus a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, Gender/Cultural Studies, English, or History.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Initial Licensure — 36-credit program
The 36-credit program leads to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and initial licensure in Massachusetts. The program can be completed in as few as 12 months of full-time study. Individuals may design part-time program sequences in consultation with a member of the department.
The practicum is a full-time, 14-week teaching experience during the spring semester. Please note that acceptance into the MAT program does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the practicum. Students must be recommended by the department before moving into the practical portion of the program.
The 40-credit program leads to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and initial licensure in Massachusetts. The program can be completed in as few as 16 months of full-time study. Individuals may design part-time program sequences in consultation with a member of the department.
The pre-practicum and practicum provide our students with a year-long teaching experience. The MAT program has developed relationships with a variety of communities in Massachusetts in order to provide our students with the best practicum experiences possible.
Please note that acceptance into the MAT program does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the pre-practicum/practicum. Students must be recommended by the department before moving into the practical portion of the program.
See what our alumni do with their Simmons MAT!