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

Students can select one of three secondary education degree programs:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T)
  • Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T)

These degree programs lead to grades 8-12 licensure in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History, Mathematics, and Physics. Each program includes four different types of courses: Teaching methods classes, foundation courses that examine broad social features linked to formal education, content area electives, and school-based practicum courses with related Inquiry Seminars. 

All three programs have the same foundation, but the M.A.T. and M.S.T. include three additional content area electives. These elective courses offer students the chance to enrich their background and fill in gaps in their specific content area.

All degree programs provide students with focused opportunities aimed at helping teacher candidates gain and learn from school-based experiences and thereby provide graduates with the skills and inclinations to inquire into their teaching practice in ways that lead to growth and professional satisfaction. These practicum experiences, the Pre-Practicum and Full Practicum, have related Inquiry Seminars which offer students further growth and professional depth through the opportunity to collaborate with fellow master’s students around issues of teaching and learning in their practicum sites.  

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.

At a Glance

How many courses?

The M.Ed. consists of 9 courses and a 4 course practicum for a total of 37 credits.
The M.A.T. and M.S.T. consists of 12 courses and a 4 course practicum for a total of 46 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. 


National ranking for Secondary Education program

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Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 13 -16
  • Credits: 37- 46
  • Practicum

Students will select one of three degree programs. All degree programs lead to licensure in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.): This 37-credit program is recommend for all students regardless of licensure discipline if they have a background in their content area.  (For example, it was their undergraduate major.)  

The M.A.T. and M.S.T. should be pursued by those student who need to develop a content area background in their licensure discipline. The M.A.T. and M.S.T. have three additional content area electives as compared to the M.Ed to fill gaps in the content area background. 

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T): This 46-credit program  is for students seeking licensure in history, English, or a foreign language.
  • Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T): This 46-credit is for students seeking licensure in the sciences or mathematics.



Licensure areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History, Mathematics, and Physics.


Licensure areas: English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History


Licensure areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

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 TCS Department.

Financial Assistance

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. 

Application Information



Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
Until 8/1
Intl. Applicants
Until 7/1
Regular Decision
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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


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. Learn about requirements for international students.

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