Secondary Education

M.A.T., M.S.T., M.Ed., C.A.E.S.

Students in secondary education can pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.), if they possess a strong background in their content area. Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts major in the field of desired licensure or an equivalent degree. Those applicants with less content knowledge in the particular field should consult a faculty member in that field.

In addition to required courses in the field of education, secondary education master's degrees require courses taken at the graduate level in the arts and sciences department of specialization. M.Ed. students take a minimum of two graduate courses in A&S, and M.A.T./M.S.T. students take five graduate courses in their content area.

These degree programs lead to (grades 8-12) licensure in one of the following disciplines: English, history, biology, chemistry, geology (Earth Science), physics, classics, Spanish, French and mathematics.

Courses of study are carefully planned with a faculty advisor. Given the shifting demographics of US schools, all candidates have the opportunity to obtain a Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate. This experience prepares teachers to work with English Language Learners in mainstream classrooms.

All of the Master's programs leading to licensure in secondary education include practicum experiences in addition to course work. For the initial pre-practicum, candidates typically spend one day per week in a school setting with a mentor teacher. For the full practicum, candidates work full-time for 14 weeks in all aspects of classroom teaching working closely with a cooperating teacher and university supervisor.

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Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:

At a Glance

How many courses?

The program consists of 9 courses and a practicum for a total of 37 credits.


How long will it take?

Full-time students will typically complete the program in one academic year with two summer sessions.
Part-time students typically complete the program in two to three years, depending on course load.


When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters. 


Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Sample Curriculum: Refer to Program of study for curriculum differences between M.A.T., M.S.T. and M.Ed.

Course Course Title Credit
APSY7419 

Applied Adolescent Development 

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the theoretical and empirical knowledge base concerning adolescent development. In particular, four broad areas will be considered: (1) psychological, biological, and cognitive transitions; (2) central developmental tasks of adolescence; (3) primary contextual influences; and (4) prevalent types of problematic functioning that emerge during adolescence. 

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EDUC7435

 Social Contexts of Education

Examines the role of situational, school, community, peer, and family factors on the education of children. Participants in the course will strive to understand the effects of their own social context on their education, to develop strategies to help students understand their context, and to understand and contribute to what schools can do to improve teaching and learning and school culture for all students regardless of internal and external variables.

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EDUC7438

Instruction for the Special Needs of Diverse Learners 

This course focuses on the education of students with disabilities and other learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The goal of the course is to promote access to the general curriculum for all students through participation in standards-based reform.

3
EDUC7447  Literacy and Assessment in Secondary Schools  3
  One of the following (fall only):
EDUC 6301 Secondary and Middle School History Methods
EDUC 6302 Secondary and Middle School English Methods
EDUC 6303 Secondary and Middle School Foreign Language Methods 
 

EDUC6347 

Teaching Bilingual Students in Secondary Education 

Deals with the practical aspects of the instruction of teaching English Language Learners in Sheltered English Immersion, and mainstream classrooms. Reviews and applies literacy and content area instructional approaches. 

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Where do our graduates work?

St. John's Preparatory School

Assistant Principal of Academics

Littleton Public Schools

Fourth Grade Teacher

Papillion La Vista School District

Sixth Grade Teacher

Concord-Carlisle Regional School District

High School History Teacher

Museum of Science

Director of Exhibits

Goodwin Procter LLP

Court Procedures Attorney

Boston Public Schools

First Grade Teacher

Needham Public Schools

Special Education Teacher

Steppingstone Foundation

Mathematics Instructor 

North Attleborough Public Schools

School Principal and ELL Coordinator

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TESpECI Department.

 

Application Information

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Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
January 4
Late Decision
March 1

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Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts major in the field of desired licensure or an equivalent degree.

A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form

Résumé

To be uploaded to your online Application Form

 

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form

Two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.

Transcripts

Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

 

Standardized Tests

An unofficial score report may be uploaded to your online Application Form; however, an official score report – sent directly from ETS – must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation.

  • This program requires all applicants to have taken the GRE in a maximum of 5 years prior to application being submitted, regardless of previous academic coursework, previous degrees/credentials earned, and/or professional experience. No exceptions will be made.

  • The MAT may also  be substituted for the GRE. Please note if you are applying to Secondary Education- Math/Science the GRE is the only standardized test that will be accepted.

 

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit https://www.ets.org/gre.
Lynch School of Education GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

An international applicant is defined as any person that requires a student visa in order to study in the United States. International applicants are eligible to apply to any graduate program in The Lynch School, provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations from the country in which the degree was earned. International applicants must complete all program-specific application requirements as well as additional requirements outlined below.

Transcripts

Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Click HERE for a complete list of NACES-approved evaluators. Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

English Proficiency

All applicants whose primary language is not English (or for whom English is not one of their primary languages) are required to submit proof of satisfactory English proficiency. At this time, the only acceptable forms of proof for English proficiency are the TOEFL and IELTS exams (certificates of completion from English-language schools are not currently accepted). Below are the minimum scores required.

TOEFL iBT = 100 minimum

IELTS – 7.0 minimum

An official score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (TOEFL). TOEFL School Code: 3240.

Exemptions

Applicants that meet either of the criteria below do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree at an institution outside of the United States where the language of instruction was English

Conditional Acceptance

The Lynch School offers Conditional Acceptance to applicants that fulfill all academic requirements for admission to and are accepted to the program, but whose level of English proficiency does not meet the minimum requirements. In these cases, admitted students will be granted conditional admission, but will have to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit an official score report that shows the minimum score has been met no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student’s program will begin. If a student with conditional admission does not submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS score within the allotted time frame, he/she will be granted a deferral to start in a future semester, no later than one year from the original start term. Due to this policy, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible in order to ensure that these conditions can be met.