Simmons University

College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice

Elementary Education (MAT)


300 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Teaching., M.S. Ed. for General Purposes

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Simmons's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides a strong academic and pedagogical foundation, with extensive field experience for men and women seeking their Initial teaching license as elementary teachers (grades 1-6). Our graduates have exceptional pass rates on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) — and quickly build successful careers.

At Simmons, we provide a highly collaborative environment, individualized programs of study, supportive faculty mentors, and plenty of hands-on experience. Although we offer a one-semester teaching practicum (the state minimum), many students opt to pursue our unique full-year internship, which allows them to gain more classroom experience than most teaching programs provide. In addition, MAT supervisors observe students a minimum of six times each semester and maintain weekly contact. Many of our program supervisors and supervising practitioners are Simmons alumni, and all are experienced classroom teachers and committed mentors.


The Simmons College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) to lead to initial teaching licensure in Massachusetts.

International Student Requirements:

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 ( or the Center for Educational Documentation ( 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.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 36-40

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 950 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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