Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Licensure

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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 2017 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 an additional license in ESL (teacher of English as a Second Language, PreK-8 or 5-12). Teacher candidates may also plan a program of study that allows for triple licensure in consultation with the Program Director.

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.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

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

Complete the following five courses (20 q.h.):

EDU 6300 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
4 q.h.
EDU 6516 Sheltered English Instruction and Assessment 4 q.h.  
EDU 6517 Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language: Research and Practice 4 q.h. 
EDU 6310 Literacy Development and the Academic Domains 4 q.h. 
EDU 6874  Practicum, Portfolio, Panel Review 4 q.h. 

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 
requires that all T eachers of  Students with M oderate  D isabilities  (PreK-8, 5-12)  pass the Foundations of Reading MTEL.  Licensed  Elementary  1-6  teachers  will have met the MTEL  requirement; l icensed  secondary teachers will need to successfully complete this requirement in order to qualify for  Moderate Disabilities  licensure.

The   Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires that all  English as a Second Language Teachers    (PreK-6, 5-12)  pass the English as a Second Language MTEL.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • MAT MTEL Requirement Students will have to submit their MTEL score report as part of their application. The score report would include the results of their Communications and Literacy Skills test, which includes a Reading and Writing subtest. View test information...
  • MAT Statement of purpose Northeastern University's Graduate School of Education teacher-preparation programs are dedicated to cultivating educators committed to equity for all students. How does this mission align with your own professional goals? What skills and characteristics do you believe are necessary to be successful in teaching? Please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose.
  • MAT Undergrad Degree Requirement Applicants for MAT Secondary will need to hold an undergraduate degree in the area of content for licensure or have passed the required content MTEL.
  • 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
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

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 $24,840.00.

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 2017-18 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.

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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.


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.

Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Elucidate educational best practices derived from prominent learning and developmental theories, and observe, analyze, and reflect upon their application in classroom-based settings with a lens toward inclusion, equity, and diversity.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Design and execute a lesson which draws upon course learning and research to demonstrate proficiency relative to the MA Professional Standard for Teachers (1) Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment, Indicator (a) Curriculum and Planning: Knows the subject matter well, has a good grasp of child development and how students learn, and designs effective and rigorous standards-based units of instruction consisting of well-structured lessons with measurable outcomes.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Design and implement a project for a school-based setting that “promotes the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice” (MA PST 4 Professional Culture Standard) while reflecting upon positionality and conflicts relevant to the project.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Assess and develop a position on a public education controversy, taking into account policy, scholarship, and issues of social justice and equity.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Demonstrate education-specific best practices and the competencies delineated by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Six Essential Elements (1.A.4: Well-Structured Lessons; 1.B.2: Adjustment to Practice; 2.A.3: Meeting Diverse Needs; 2.B.1: Safe Learning Environment; 2.D.2: High Expectations; 4.A.1: Reflective Practice) in a supervised classroom setting.

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