Deadline for Application
All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School. To be considered for tuition scholarship funding and financial aid, completed applications must be received by the Graduate School by January 15.
If sending hard copies of recommendations and/or transcript(s), please submit materials to: Brown University Graduate School, Box 1867, Providence RI 02912. Please click on the MAT application checklist at the bottom of this page so you can stay on top of your application process.
Applicants are required to interview with program faculty before admissions decisions are made. We offer in-person, Skype or phone interviews.
Your application should include the following:
- Transcripts of all prior academic work at institutions of higher education
- Personal statement: Your personal statement should not exceed 2 typewritten single-spaced pages.
- 3 recommendations: At least one recommendation from a professor is required. Others can be written by an education‐related supervisor, an employer or someone who can speak to your experience working with children or adolescents.
- GRE General Test scores
- Writing sample (English only): Your writing sample should be an academic paper or section of a paper and should not exceed 5 double-spaced typewritten pages.
All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree. In addition, one course in child development and one course in multicultural perspectives as related to education or demonstrated equivalent experience are required. Applicants uncertain about whether they have completed this coursework may email a copy of their transcript and/or course descriptions to the Director of Elementary Education at Jennifer_Lindsay@brown.edu. If applicants lack this coursework, they may complete the requirement(s) at a college or university, a community college, or online prior to the start of the MAT program in June. Before signing up for a course, contact Professor Lindsay to determine if it will satisfy the necessary requirement.
All applicants must have an appropriate background to teach their subject field.
English applicants should have a Bachelor of Arts in English or a related area. At least one course in composition is strongly recommended.
History/social studies applicants should have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history or a social science field (excluding psychology) and should have completed a minimum of three courses in history. Those with related majors should follow the directions below.
Science applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, engineering/physics, or some other closely related field.
American Studies majors are encouraged to apply in either English or history/social studies.
Applicants may determine whether they have completed sufficient coursework in their academic area of interest by emailing a copy of their transcript(s) to the appropriate faculty member for a preliminary review: Teacher_Ed@brown.edu. Graduate transfer credit from other institutions is limited.
Elementary and Secondary
The GRE General Test is required. Register at: www.ets.org/gre. The Brown Test Code is 3094.
Basic Skills Cut Scores
As part of national teacher quality initiatives, the Rhode Island Department of Education has implemented standards for students entering state-approved teacher preparation programs.
• GRE: 1100 composite (800 scale test) with no less than 465 verbal and 584 quantitative; 300 composite (170 scale test) with no less than 151 verbal and 147 quantitative
• Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or Computer-Based Pre-Professional Skills Test (C-PPST): 179 math, 179 reading, 177 writing (composite score 535 with no test score more than 3 points below the cut). Visit the Praxis website for information about the test, fees, schedule, and registration.
MAT applicants who have not received the GRE cut scores listed above can fulfill the RI testing requirement if they have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate OR by taking and passing the Praxis I tests. Evidence of passing the basic skills requirement by the January application deadline is not mandatory as long as evidence is provided prior to enrolling in the Brown MAT program.
Brown 5th-year MAT Applicants
• SAT: 1150 composite; 530 verbal, 530 math
• ACT: 24 reading, 20 math
Status of Application Inquiry
Once the MAT program receives your application from the Graduate School, you will be notified if your application is complete. Alternatively, you will be contacted if there are any missing application materials (e.g., transcript, letters of recommendation, etc.). You will be notified of admission decisions no later than the end of March.