Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). When we notice patterns of inquiry, we do our best to address the issue in our FAQ

What is the nature of your question?


I’m not sure if my undergraduate coursework meets the necessary requirements for admission. Can someone review my transcript?

Yes, you can email your transcript to [email protected] and it will be forwarded to the appropriate faculty director of your discipline for review.
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Do all three of my recommendations need to come from professors?

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.

Do you require a minimum score on the GREs?

Required GRE scores are 152 Verbal, 152 Quantitative, 3.5 Analytical. Applicants who do not meet the minimum scores will be evaluated on the strengths of their overall academic record.

What is the average GPA?

Applicants are admitted into the program with a range of GPAs, but typically have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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How competitive is admission to the MAT program?

The program is intentionally small and the number of candidates who apply to our program varies from year to year.

Do I need to have an interview?

Once applicants have submitted an application, selected applicants will be invited to interview with the appropriate faculty director. While in-person interviews are preferred, it is possible to arrange Skype or phone interviews. Interviews are generally held in January following the application deadline.

How long should my personal statement be?

Your personal statement should not exceed 2 single-spaced typewritten pages.
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Do I need to submit a writing sample?

If you are applying to the English MAT program, a writing sample is required. It should be an academic paper or section of a paper and should not exceed 5 double-spaced typewritten pages.

Do I need to have prior teaching experience?

While no prior teaching experience is required for admission, experience working with students is strongly encouraged.

What if I have taught before? Is this program suitable for me? Can I be exempt from student teaching?

Applicants with prior teaching experience offer a welcomed perspective. Several candidates have entered our program with teaching experience ranging from one to several years. However, due to the design of our unique program, no one can be exempt from student teaching as it relates to the methods courses and other coursework integral to the program.
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Do I need to have completed undergraduate coursework in education?

For admission to the secondary program, no prior coursework in education is necessary.

Can I expect to receive financial aid?

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of past performance, evidence of potential success in the program, and financial need. Any applicant requesting aid must complete a FAFSA and a Brown MAT Financial Aid application.

Brown assistance can come in the form of tuition scholarship funding which may cover the cost of one to several courses and/or federal loans. For specific information about Brown graduate assistance, please visit the "support" section of the Graduate School website. For Federal loan application and eligibility, please visit the Graduate Student link off the Brown University Office of Financial Aid website.
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Can I contact current or former MAT students?

Please contact [email protected] and someone will be able to put you in contact with current MATs or graduates.

Is it possible to obtain teacher certification and not a Master's degree?

Due to the intentional design of our program, candidates concurrently earn teacher certification and a Master’s degree. It is not possible only to obtain teacher certification.
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The Program

How long is the program? Can I begin in the fall?

Our one-year Master’s degree program begins in mid-June and ends in May. All candidates must complete the 12-month sequence; therefore, it is not possible to begin the program in the fall or at any other time during the year.

How many students are in the program?

While the number of students varies from year to year, the average total is approximately 30 students across the three secondary disciplines (English, history/social studies, and science).
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Can I work while I am a student in the MAT program?

As our program is a full-time one-year Master’s program, it is not possible for you to hold a full-time job while you are enrolled as a student. While it is possible for some candidates to have a part-time job in the fall semester, working during your student teaching semester is not recommended.

Where do students live while in the program?

Most students tend to live in off-campus apartments near the university. Some even share apartments with other MATs or graduate students. Another option is for students to live on campus in graduate housing. Commuting from the surrounding area is also a possibility.
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Student Teaching

Where does the MAT program place its student teachers?

Student teachers are placed in a wide range of settings including urban, suburban, public, private, charter and alternative schools. The majority of student teachers are placed in Providence Public Schools.

Who supervises student teachers?

The Teacher Education faculty supervises all student teachers. 


Will I be eligible to teach in other states than Rhode Island following graduation?

Yes. Graduates are eligible for certification in other states through reciprocity based on the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Agreement. You may need to get additional testing in order to get certified in other states, but this varies from state to state. Graduates of the program may be eligible for teacher certification by transcript evaluation in the states that are not part of the Interstate Certification Agreement. View the list of states that are part of this agreement.

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