Simmons’s innovative dual-degree program prepares students for teaching licensure while simultaneously providing a concentration in a chosen area of liberal arts. This 60-credit program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) plus a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Children’s Literature, English, Gender/Cultural Studies, or Spanish. Students work simultaneously toward both degrees and, upon successful completion of the program, are certified as elementary, middle, or high school teachers. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two years. Part-time students must complete the program within six years of enrollment. MAT/Liberal Arts graduates are well positioned for leadership roles as department heads, lead teachers, or curriculum coordinators.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides a strong academic and pedagogical foundation, in addition to extensive field experience. As a result, Simmons MAT students are exceptionally well prepared for licensure as elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Simmons-prepared teachers consistently score in the top echelon on state licensure exams, but their real test is in the classroom. Simmons teachers stand out. They bring knowledge, confidence, and creativity to teaching and earn high marks from both pupils and employers.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. The exam will be waived if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution.
Officially translated and evaluated transcripts are required if not originally written in English. Only transcripts translated and evaluated by authorized organizations are accepted. Simmons College prefers either World Education Services (www.wes.org) or the Center for Educational Documentation (www.cedevaluations.com)
International students must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to meet all the travel, living, and educational expenses for graduate study in the United States. This information must be provided if you are admitted to a graduate program at Simmons College.