Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Licensure

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Credits Required for Graduation 45
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Designed for aspiring teachers and career-changers with a strong background in their chosen content area (bachelor¹s degree or equivalent) the Master of Arts in Secondary Education* provides an appreciation for and an understanding of the diverse educational needs, social concerns, and cultural values of today¹s secondary schools.

This MAT in secondary education 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 Secondary Education (grades 8-12) has been approved for initial licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the following content areas: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, and physics.


Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (37 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

EDU 6051 Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence 4 q.h.
EDU 6064 Curriculum and Assessment 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 6162 Language, Culture, and Literacy in Middle and High Schools 4 q.h.
EDU 6185 English Language Learners in the General Education Classroom 4 q.h.
EDU 61XX Teaching in the Disciplines 4 q.h.
EDU 6183 Collaborative Strategies for Effective Classroom Management 1 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 for more information on registration and test dates. 

Elective Courses (8 q.h.)

Complete two elective courses.

EDU 6023 Institute in Creating a Community of Learners/Behaviors 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 Variations 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 6569  Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics 4 q.h. 
EDU 6570 Advanced Strategies in Literacy: Readers and Writers Who Struggle 4 q.h. 

Required minimum credit hours: 45 q.h.

If you enrolled before Fall 2012, contact your student success specialist for your curriculum.


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:

EDU 6426 Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction
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.


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
    • Please note that applicants MUST have an undergraduate major in their selected discipline
    • 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.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $23,850.00.

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 2016-17 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 secondary schools, in both public and private school systems.

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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