Teaching: Elementary Education

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Elementary Education program provides a strong academic and pedagogical foundation with extensive field experience for those seeking their initial teaching license as elementary educators for grades 1-6.

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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 that meets MA state requirements for licensure, many students opt to pursue our unique full-year internship, which provides a full additional semester of mentored teaching practice beyond the minimum required experience.

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 alumnae/i, and all are experienced classroom teachers and committed mentors.

Our graduates have exceptional pass rates on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) — and quickly build successful careers.

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. Students may pursue a 36-credit program with a 14-week full-time practicum, or a 42-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 during the fall, spring, or summer semester. Please review our suggested course sequences to determine which start term best suits your needs.

Simmons also offers a dual general and special education licensure program, as well as Teaching/Liberal Arts dual degree programs leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching, plus a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, Gender and Cultural Studies, or History.

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Education Programs at Simmons University

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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Janie Ward

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Africana Studies and Education, Faculty Fellow in Mentoring
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Theresa Perry

  • Professor Emerita, Department of Africana Studies and Education