Teaching + Gender and Cultural Studies

The Teaching and Gender and 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.

Graduates of this program are uniquely prepared to infuse their elementary teaching practice with values of inclusion, equity, and diversity, and are poised for leadership roles as department chairs and curriculum coordinators.

Simmons’ Gender and Cultural Studies students also gain access to the dynamic team-taught course offerings and resources of the nine member institutions in The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (The GCWS).

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

Simmons' innovative dual degree program prepares students for initial teaching licensure in Massachusetts and offers a unique opportunity for aspiring teachers to develop curriculum and teaching practices that consider the needs of the diverse populations of learners they’ll encounter. This 64- to 70-credit program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Gender and Cultural Studies.

The 64-credit program includes a full-time, 14-week practicum in an area school. The 70-credit program includes a full year student teaching internship. Students simultaneously work towards both degrees and will be endorsed for initial teaching licensure in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) upon completion of the MAT requirements.

Dual degree 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.

Required Gender and Cultural Studies Coursework (28 credits):

  • GCS 403: Introduction to Gender and Cultural Studies: Theory Into Practice (4 credits)
  • GCS 430: Cultural Theory (4 credits)
  • Sixteen credits of Gender and Cultural Studies Electives
  • Gender and Cultural Studies Capstone (4 credits)

Required Education Coursework (36-42 credits):

  • GEDUC 430: Inclusive Lesson Planning (2 credits)
  • GEDUC 445: Educational Psychology (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 461: Social Studies & Science Methods (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 464: Reading Methods (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 467: Math Methods (4 credits)
  • SPND 446: Learners with Special Needs (4 credits)
  • SPND 441: Creating a Caring Classroom Community (4 credits)
  • TESL 417: Sheltered English Instruction (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 401: Elementary Seminar (2 credits)
  • GEDUC 480: Elementary Practicum (4 credits)

70-credit Internship Program Only:

  • GEDUC 400: Pre-Practicum Seminar (2 credits)
  • GEDUC 488: Pre-Practicum Elementary (4 credits)

Gender and Cultural Studies Electives (4 credits each, unless otherwise indicated):

  • AST 513: The Black Struggle for Schooling in America
  • AST 529: Race, Culture, Identity and Achievement
  • AST 536: Black Narratives of Oppression, Resistance, and Resiliency
  • AST/SOC/WST 565: Intimate Family Violence: A Multicultural Perspective
  • AST 588: Black Popular Culture and the Education of Black Youth
  • ENGL 517: Toni Morrison and American Literature
  • ENGL 527: Race and Gender in Psychoanalytic Discourse
  • ENGL 598: Feminist Media Studies
  • GCS 406: Feminism and Literature
  • GCS 410: Issues in International Studies
  • GCS 415: Feminism and Economic Difference
  • HIST 560: Seminar in the History of Women and Gender
  • HIST 561: Cross Cultural Encounters: Contacts, Connection and Conflict
  • HIST 565: 9/11 Narratives
  • HIST 567: Memory and the Holocaust
  • MPP 501: Policy Analysis and Theory (3 credits)
  • MPP 502: Social Policy (3 credits)
  • POLS 435: Transgender Politics & Freedom
  • POLS/WGST 556: Feminist International Relations
  • SOCI 521: Sociology of Food
  • SOCI 530: Transnational Studies
  • SOCI 539: Applied Community Research
  • SOCI 547: Antiracism and Justice Work
  • SW 409: Dynamics of Racism & Oppression
  • SW 523: Advocacy & Social Action
  • WGST 554: Feminist Theories
  • WGST 580: Gender and Queer Theory

GCS Capstone (4 credits)

All students must complete at least 4 credit hours of capstone work and will present their work at the GCS colloquium. The capstone options are listed below:

  • GCS 455 Thesis
  • GCS 460 Project
  • GCS 470 Internship
  • GCS 480 Gender and Cultural Fieldwork

Teaching Licensure

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

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