Master of Education (M.Ed./M.A.T./M.S.T./C.A.E.S) in Secondary Education

Master of Education (M.Ed./M.A.T./M.S.T./C.A.E.S) in Secondary Education

In our Secondary Education master's program, you can choose the degree that is right for your professional satisfaction and personal growth. Our master of education (M.Ed.), master of arts in teaching (M.A.T), and master of science in teaching (M.S.T) programs each have the coursework and school-based practicum experiences to help you develop the skills you will need in your teaching practice. All have the same academic foundation and will lead to grades 8–12 licensure in a STEM or humanities field.

If you have an academic background in your area of interest, the M.Ed. may be right for you. The M.A.T. and M.S.T. include additional content area electives, offering you the opportunity to enrich your background in a specific content area. 

At a Glance

How many courses?

M.Ed. students take 9 courses and a 4-course practicum (37 credits total).

M.A.T. and M.S.T. students take 12 courses and a 4-course practicum (46 credits total).

How long will it take?

Full-time students typically complete the program in 1 academic year with 2 summer sessions.

Part-time students typically complete the program in 2–3 years, depending on course load.

When can I start?

You can begin any of the programs in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.

What I want my students to understand is that teaching is a critical and vital way to serve and value human dignity and justice. That’s the core of teaching, and teacher training.
Dr. Lillie Albert, Professor


Each of the three Secondary Education master's degree programs lead to grades 8-12 licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in one of the following fields: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History, Mathematics, or Physics.

Each also includes coursework in teaching methods, examining broad social features linked to formal education, content area electives, and school-based practicum courses with related Inquiry Seminars. Practicum experiences offer you opportunities to collaborate with fellow master’s students around issues of teaching and learning at practicum sites. To bolster your experience with English language learners in the classroom, you have the opportunity to obtain a Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate.


  • Courses: 9 or 12
  • Practicum Courses: 4
  • Credits: 37 or 46
  • Comprehensive Exam

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The 37-credit program is recommend for all students—regardless of licensure discipline—if you have a background in their content area. E.g., it was your undergraduate major. M.Ed. licensure areas include Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History, Mathematics, and Physics.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

This 46-credit program is for students seeking teacher licensure in history, English, or a foreign language who need to develop content area expertise in their licensure discipline. The M.A.T. is recommended because it has three more additional content area electives than the M.Ed. M.A.T. licensure areas include English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), or History.


The 46-credit program is for students seeking teacher licensure in the sciences or mathematics who need to develop content area expertise in their licensure discipline. The M.S.T. is recommended since it has three more additional content area electives than the M.Ed. M.S.T. licensure areas include Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

Student Teaching

Professional experiences comprise early field experiences, referred to as pre-practicum placements, and an immersive, semester-long full practicum experience.


Graduate students complete a pre-practicum experience, which consists of one school day per week for 10 weeks. 

Full Practicum

Full-practicum Experience is five days each week in the classroom for the entire semester. 


You are guided by a qualified school-based mentor and a university-based mentor


Designed to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) requirements for endorsement from Boston College, leading to licensure.

Variety of Settings

Experience a range of urban and suburban public, private, parochial, and charter schools in Greater Boston


We are an approved teacher preparation program by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 


Financial Aid

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

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 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. 



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Application & Deadlines

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.



  • Regular Decision — 1/6
  • Rolling Admission — Until 7/15
  • Intl. Applicants — Until 7/1

  • Spring
  • Regular Decision — 11/1

  • Summer
  • Regular Decision — 4/1
  • 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 are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice. 


    Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

    • Course titles and grades for each course
    • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
    • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
      • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

    If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

    • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
    • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
    • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

    Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

    Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

    Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    Standardized Tests

    Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for 2022 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

    Writing Sample

    Not required.

    International Students

    International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.

    Requirements for International Students

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