The Brown University program in Elementary Education is a 12-month master's degree program leading to teacher certification in grades 1-6. The program is practice-based and offers three distinct clinical experiences that take place in urban, suburban, charter and independent school settings. The small size of the MAT program allows for frequent clinical supervision by program faculty, interactive methods seminars, workshops relating to all of the elementary subject areas, and a strong cohort experience that supports collaborative and reflective practices to ensure excellent teaching and learning for all children. The program offers experiences and coursework that inform MAT students of the range of educational opportunities that exist in public, private and charter schools. Opportunities to work with specific populations of students such as ELL, bilingual and those diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities are also available.
Course of Study
The Elementary MAT program is designed to draw on current knowledge of children’s social, emotional and cognitive development, and teaching from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It provides three clinical experiences, coursework, observation, and supervisory coaching in best practices that promote high academic achievement of all students. Throughout their coursework and clinical experiences, MAT candidates are exposed to principles of human development, aspects of social contexts, cultural and linguistic diversity, learning differences and difficulties, and current curriculum and instructional strategies. Students participate in a collaborative program, taking courses with Brown faculty and adjunct lecturers from local schools, and work with experienced elementary mentor teachers. Candidates provide documentation of their achievement through written self-analyses and professional portfolios that are submitted and evaluated three times during the course of the year.