Children's Literature + Teaching

Through our dual degree in Children's Literature (MA) + Teaching (MAT), combine your love of literature with your calling to teach. Become certified in Massachusetts to teach at the elementary school level. Begin introducing today's great works to tomorrow's great readers.

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Change lives through literature

Study the art and illustration of a children's book, then share it with a child using the innovative “Whole Book Approach.” Examine the roots of fantasy for young readers to understand the appeal of Harry Potter. Consider touchstones of young adult realistic fiction to create your own original curriculum. Discover new nonfiction as you integrate common core standards into your own inventive teaching.

Whether in a public school classroom, an experimental charter school, or on a private school campus, your degree uniquely positions you to bring to together the child and the book in deeply engaging ways. Surround yourself with the extensive children's literature community at Simmons and in Boston. You already know the power of literature to change lives – use it well.

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. Our 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 in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) in Massachusetts. Dual degree students may pursue a 64-credit program with a 14-week full-time practicum, or a 70-credit program with a full-year internship. Some partnering schools and districts provide a stipend for Simmons teaching interns.

Children's Literature students may opt to take advantage of internships and research opportunities in Boston and beyond, building their skills and resumes and learning from mentors in their fields. Students have interned at publishing houses such as Delacorte, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Charlesbridge, Candlewick, Scholastic, Penguin, David Godine, and St. Martin's; at a variety of literary agencies in Boston and New York; and at advocacy groups, such as Reach Out and Read and the Boston Book Festival. Some students also seek professional internships with local schools and libraries.

Ready to take the next step? We'll guide you through the requirements and deadlines — and get you started on your way.

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Education Programs

We offer graduate level programs in elementary education and special education. We provide a highly collaborative environment, individualized programs of study, supportive faculty mentors, and plenty of hands-on experience.

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Children's Literature

From picture books to young adult literature, classic works to contemporary prize-winners, you will explore the artistry of literature for children and young adults. Dare to discover new audiences and stories all your own.

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Cathryn Mercier

  • Professor and Chair of Children's Literature, Children's Literature Graduate Programs Director, Center for the Study of Children's Literature Director
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Janie Ward

  • Professor and Interdisciplinary Program Director