Teaching + History

Our dual degree in History and Teaching (MA/MAT) offers the best of both worlds - expertise in history as a generalist or specialist and exceptional training as an elementary educator.

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Whether you hope to make a career in teaching or aspire to doctoral studies in History, our dual degree program will allow you the flexibility to pursue the pathway that is right for you.

Our array of course offerings in the History Department allows you to experience recent decades, as well as centuries long past, while also providing access to expert faculty whose geographic areas of focus span the globe.

Faculty in our Education Department are former and current practitioners who will help you to translate your content area expertise into engaging curriculum while preparing you with a full complement of skills required for success as a classroom leader.

Learn more about the History and Teaching programs at Simmons.

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.

History students may choose from a wide range of elective offerings to focus their studies around a specific era or part of the world. However, most dual degree students select electives that align well with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and which will enhance their history and social studies subject matter knowledge as elementary school teachers.

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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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Our Faculty

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Stephen Ortega

  • Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Program in History/Archives Management
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Sarah Leonard

  • Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Critical Race, Gender and Cultural Studies