Teaching + Gender/Cultural Studies

The Teaching and Gender/Cultural Studies (MAT/MA) dual degree program prepares students for careers in elementary education and educational leadership, with a particular focus on issues of diversity, race, gender, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

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The dual degree makes it easy to combine your interests in teaching and social justice. You'll be enrolled in both programs simultaneously and work with an advisor from each program to tailor your studies to meet their needs and interests.  

Learn more about the Teaching and Gender/Cultural Studies programs.

Dual degree students complete a total of 15 -16 courses:  6 courses in the GCS program, and 8-9 courses in the MAT program, depending on the teaching unit selected. In addition, students complete a capstone project in GCS that may include a teaching unit. For the teaching unit, students have the option of completing a one-semester teaching practicum or a full-year teaching internship in a public school. Dual-degree students present their capstone work at the GCS colloquium with their fellow graduating GCS students.

Teaching Licensure

Successful completion of the MAT degree, along with passing scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs), allows students to receive initial teaching licensure in the state of Massachusetts at the elementary school level (grades 1-6).

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 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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Gender/Cultural Studies Alumnae/i

Our Gender/Cultural Studies alumnae/i further their studies in doctoral programs and law school, and also pursue rewarding careers in a variety of fields including education, non-profits, health care, and social work.

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