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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is an intensive, full-year program designed to qualify students interested in elementary, middle or high school teaching in urban settings for the "initial" teaching license in Massachusetts. The program requires successful completion of ten courses, including two summer courses and student teaching in the spring of the fifth year. The initial Massachusetts teaching license qualifies students to teach in 31 other states.

Clark undergraduates planning to teach science or mathematics may be interested in the Noyce Scholarship Program.

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Program of Study

Students enter the MAT program having completed their liberal arts degree. In addition, Clark accelerated degree students must have completed three (3) education courses: EDUC 152 (Complexities of Urban Schooling) and two additional courses, per department advising. Those interested in the elementary level are advised also to tailor their undergraduate course of study as much as possible to the state subject matter requirements, which call for specific background in the humanities, history, mathematics and the sciences (check with the Education Department for details). Those aiming to teach at the middle or high school level generally choose to teach in the subject area, such as history or mathematics, that corresponds to their major.

Students in the MAT program take at least two courses in common regardless of their chosen teaching level. The first is "Teaching and Learning," offered in late spring/early summer. The second is the "Ways of Knowing Seminar," which begins in the fall and extends through the academic year. This latter course helps to unify the program for all students, and support students in the development of their final analytic paper.

Students are assigned to cohort groups with mentor teachers in one of the partner schools from the Hiatt Center K-16 Professional Development School Collaborative during the academic year.

The program also includes:

  • One "Curriculum and Knowing" summer institute course (in the arts, humanities, mathematics, physical and natural sciences, and/or social sciences)
  • Human Development and Learning
  • One or more Ways of Knowing courses in the arts, humanities, mathematics, physical and natural sciences, and/or social sciences
  • Courses corresponding to the student's teaching level
  • Courses in the subject matter field (middle and secondary-level students only)
  • Literacy Development (elementary-level students only)
  • Practicum and Seminar (student teaching) in one of the nearby Worcester professional development schools affiliated with the Hiatt Center for Urban Education
  • A portfolio presentation and analytic paper

Departmental Eligibility Requirements
Students with undergraduate majors that align with the subject matter knowledge in their chosen teaching field are eligible for the program. In addition to a successful faculty interview, students must pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure before the end of the fall of their fifth year to retain eligibility.

Program Fees

Students entering the fifth year are required to pay a one-time Program Fee of $1,000. This fee is assessed on the student's bill in the first semester of graduate study.

In addition, all graduate students pay a $15.00 activity fee in the fall and spring semesters and a one-time Enrollment Fee of $100 in the first semester of graduate study.

Program Advisor

Andrea Allen, Education Program Administrator

Student profiles

  • Ricci Hall completed an undergraduate major in history and the Asian Studies concentration. Completed student teaching during his senior year at Leicester High School. After completing the master's degree in the fifth year program, hired to teach social studies at the University Park campus school in the Worcester Public School system.
  • Stephanie Dec completed an undergraduate major in psychology, completed student teaching during the senior year with first grade students at the Jacob Hiatt Magnet School in Worcester. She went on to finish her graduate work and taught fourth grade at the Jacob Hiatt Magnet School.
  • Dina Gabianelli completed an undergraduate major in psychology, completed student teaching during the senior year with second grade students at the Goddard School of Science and Technology in Worcester. She earned her MA, in Education and went on to teach fourth grade at the Goddard School of Science and Technology.