5th-Year Option for Brown Undergraduates

Please complete the 5th-year MAT inquiry form.

As a Brown senior, you have the opportunity to apply to the MAT program in elementary education (grades 1-6) or secondary (grades 7-12) English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics). You can apply up to two courses taken as an undergraduate toward your MAT degree. Please note: These courses cannot count toward both your concentration requirements AND your MAT degree. Under 1000-level courses cannot count towards your MAT degree.

In the elementary program, 1-2 of the following courses may be applied toward your MAT degree (with approval of MAT faculty director):

  • Above 1000-level Education courses
  • POBS 1720: Literacy, Culture, and Schooling for the Language Minority Student
  • POBS 1740: Artful Teaching: Intersecting the Arts with Foreign and Second Language Acquisition
  • POBS 2010A: Language Theory and Curriculum Development
  • POBS 2020D: Theories in First and Second Language Acquisition

In the secondary program, 1-2 of the following courses may be applied toward your MAT year (with approval of MAT faculty director):

  •  EDUC 1450: The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  •  Above 1000-level Education courses to fulfill MAT Education elective requirement 
  • Above 1000-level content-area courses to fulfill certification requirements (English, history/social studies, or science)

EDUC 0900 is a recommended course that will be valuable to you in your future teaching; however, it cannot be applied towards your MAT degree.


Prior to submitting an application for the 5th-year MAT program, please contact the appropriate faculty director:


Joan Gujarati – Joan_Gujarati@brown.edu (Elementary)

Laura Snyder – Laura_Snyder@brown.edu (English)

Christina Villarreal – Christina_Villarreal@brown.edu  (History/Social Studies)

Dan Bisaccio – Daniel_Bisaccio@brown.edu (Science)


How to Apply


Applications are due to the Graduate School by January 15. 


Your online application should include the following materials:

  1. Personal statement 
  2. 5th-Year Master's Degree Supplement Form
  3. Two letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a Brown professor)
  4. Brown transcript
  5. SAT or ACT scores: Please email your scores to MATadmissions@brown.edu
  6. GRE scores (optional): The GREs are NOT required for 5th-year applicants. However, if you have taken the GREs, these scores can be submitted directly on the application in lieu of the SAT or ACT.
  7. Writing sample (English applicants only): Should be an academic paper or section of a paper and should not exceed 5 double-spaced pages.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the appropriate faculty director.