Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

History, Master of Arts in Teaching

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The Master of Arts in Teaching History, a 31-37 credit hour program which is to be completed within a six year period, is available for either Liberal Arts graduates who wish to begin preparation for teaching at the middle school or secondary level or practicing teachers who desire to expand their understanding of the educational process while increasing their formal education in history. Completion of the MAT History program fulfills the requirement for initial licensure for teaching history in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Teaching History program are exempt from having to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and an graduate course in adolescent psychology.

Preliminary Licensure includes passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), both in the communication/literacy portion and the subject area portion appropriate for this program, in addition to other requirements. Students with no teacher preparation course work should consult with the program coordinator.

Equivalent of an undergraduate minor in History

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. At that meeting, you will designate on your plan of study which program track you wish to complete, either the middle school track or the secondary track. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study, as needed.

All candidates for the MAT History must complete a minimum of 33.5 - 39.5 credit hours of graduate course work as described below. 

Course Requirements

Licensure Preparation Stage III (Demonstrate): Practicum (3-6 credits)

Content Courses (12 credits)

Four content courses to be selected in consultation with the program coordinator (following review of undergraduate transcript). Courses may be taken concurrently with Education courses

HST  European Elective:  3 credits

HST  Africa/Asia/Latin American Elective:  3 credits

HST United States Elective:  3 credits

HST                                       3 credits

Total Credits: 33.5 - 39.5

Additional Information and Notes

Candidates for educational licensure must also take and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.


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