Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Licensure

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 45
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Summer Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No

Overview

Designed for aspiring teachers and career-changers, the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education* provides an appreciation for and an understanding of the diverse educational needs, social concerns, and cultural values of today’s elementary and secondary schools. This graduate degree in teaching will enhance your foundational skills, broaden your perspectives, and strengthen your ability to inspire and educate.

Upon completing this master's degree, which includes pre-practicum/early field work observations and a full term of student teaching, you will be well positioned to make a meaningful impact in your school, in your community, and in the lives of your students.

Program Objectives

  • Gain political, social, and historical perspectives on education
  • Explore the richly complex environments of schools and communities
  • Develop a working understanding of teaching and learning in diverse settings
  • Investigate how humans learn, acquire knowledge, and make sense of their experiences
  • Examine theories of teaching and explore how best to teach for understanding and learning achievement
  • Research methods and materials, pedagogies, and assessment strategies that foster integrated learning

*The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) has been approved for initial licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Curriculum

Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Licensure Curriculum

Required Courses (36 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

EDU 6051 Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence 4 q.h.
EDU 6086 Foundations of Literacy Development and Instruction 4 q.h.
EDU 6104 Child and Adolescent Development, Learning, and Teaching 4 q.h.
EDU 6107 Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity 4 q.h.
EDU 6154 Inquiry in the Sciences and Humanities 4 q.h.
EDU 6155 Inquiry in Mathematics 4 q.h.
EDU 6185 English Language Learners in the General Education Classroom 4 q.h.
EDU 6866  Teaching Practicum and Seminar* 8 q.h.

*Students must successfully pass all sections of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in order to qualify to participate in the practicum course. Students must successfully pass all sections of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in order to qualify to participate in the practicum course. We recommend you explore taking the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) as soon as possible. Visit www.doe.mass.edu/mtel/ for more information on registration and test dates.  


Elective Courses (9 q.h.)

Students must select at least three elective courses.

EDU 6023 Institute in Creating a Community of Learners/Behaviors 4 q.h.
EDU 6054 Emerging Trends in Education: Redesign, Renewal, and Retention 4 q.h.
EDU 6300 Introduction to Language and Linguistics: How English Is Structured and Used 4 q.h.
EDU 6425 Special Education: Foundations for Understanding the Inclusive School 4 q.h.
EDU 6426 Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction 4 q.h.
EDU 6429 Child and Adolescent Development and Variation 4 q.h.
EDU 6436 Best Practices for the Twenty-First-Century Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6437 Assessment and Student Learning 4 q.h.
EDU 6438 Teachers as Curriculum Leaders 4 q.h.
EDU 6452 Critical Scholarly Investigation: On Location 4 q.h. 
EDU 6462 Children's Literature 4 q.h.
EDU 6465  Critical and Creative Thinking 4 q.h. 
EDU 6472 Advanced Special Education Strategies 4 q.h.
EDU 6516 Sheltered English Instruction and Assessment 4 q.h.
EDU 6520 Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice 4 q.h.
EDU 6528 Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration 4 q.h.
EDU 6530 Beyond Behavior Management 4 q.h. 
EDU 6534  Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development 4 q.h. 
EDU 6558  Issues in Education 1 q.h.
EDU 6569  Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics 4 q.h. 
EDU 6570 Advanced Strategies in Literacy: Readers and Writers Who Struggle 4 q.h. 


Total Quarter Hours: 45 

Attention: If you enrolled before Fall 2012, contact your student success specialistfor your curriculum.

MAT+

Looking to deepen your knowledge and expertise?


The MAT+ provides qualifying students with the opportunity to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with further study in a selected area of expertise. Currently, students can take additional course work to earn either an additional license in special education (teacher of students of moderate disabilities, PreK-8 or 5-12), or a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).

MAT+ in Special Education

This Commonwealth of Massachusetts-approved MAT+ program consists of five courses, some of which may be taken as electives in the MAT program.   

Advanced Special Education Course:

EDU 6425 Special Education: Foundations for Understanding the Inclusive School 4 q.h.


Advanced Literacy Course:

choose one of the following:

EDU 6426 Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction
4 q.h.
EDU 6570 Advanced Strategies in Literacy: Readers and Writers Who Struggle
Prerequisite: A literacy course
4 q.h.  


Advanced Behavior Management Course:

choose one of the following:

EDU 6528 Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration 4 q.h.
EDU 6530 Beyond Behavior Management 4 q.h.


Assessment Course:

EDU 6569 Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics
Prerequisite: EDU 6425
4 q.h.


Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review:

EDU 6874 Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review
Prerequisite: Candidates must complete EDU 6425 and EDU 6569 and one additional special education course in order to be eligible.
4 q.h.


MAT+ in TESOL

We have suspended new enrollments to the MAT+ in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages programs.

If you are a student enrolled in this program, our advising staff will work with you to complete all degree coursework.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires that all teachers of moderate disabilities pass the Foundations of Reading MTEL. Elementary teachers already have the requirements; secondary teachers will need to add that subtest.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. Keep in mind that our review committee will review your application holistically, meaning that each part of your application will be taken into consideration and a decision will not be made based solely on one component.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $21,960.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2014-15 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This program is designed for individuals who desire to become teachers. While prior teaching experience is not necessary, an undergraduate degree is required.

Graduates of this program typically work as teachers in elementary schools in both public and private school systems.

Sarah B.

Current MAT+ StudentProgram: MAT+ in Elementary Education

Graduation Date: Spring 2012

Why she chose the College of Professional Studies:
"I chose Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies - Master of Arts in Teaching program because the combination of online and evening classes allows me to work and attend school at the same time. On top of this flexibility, the program also provides a community of professors and peers who are supportive, knowledgeable, and committed to teaching and learning in urban environments."


Career Outlook

Put Your Degree to Work

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of teachers is expected to grow approximately 13 percent—the average pace for all occupations. Teachers who specialize in fields such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education or are willing to work urban districts, rural areas or states with increasing populations will be in greater demand. Most job openings will result from the need to replace the large number of teachers who are expected to retire between now and 2018.

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