Program Overview


In the secondary program in English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics), MAT candidates study their disciplines broadly and in depth as they prepare themselves to help adolescents appreciate the structure and essential questions that comprise the discipline. Consisting of three distinct, yet interconnected, semesters, candidates begin the MAT year by teaching at Brown Summer High School, which focuses on methods of teaching/curriculum development.

The academic component of the year includes preparation in literacy and teaching English Language Learners, instructional design and assessment, and special education. Candidates will complete a course in the socio-cultural contexts of education and two electives, mutually determined by student and faculty advisor.

The program also includes a full-year practicum and student teaching placement. MATs are coached in their efforts to transform subject matter into exciting and innovative curricula by Brown Teacher Education faculty and experienced mentor teachers. The secondary program emphasizes standards-based instruction, culturally relevant content, a belief in high expectations for all students, and assessment-driven instruction.

View the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) educator preparation index for data on Brown MAT's program completion.

  • Content Coursework
  • Student Teaching
  • Requirements


    Content Coursework

    Content coursework in the student’s teaching field may be taken in the following department(s):

    Find the link to a sample course of study diagram at the bottom of the page.

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    Student Teaching


    The summer practicum called Brown Summer High School, with an enrollment of approximately 150 rising 9th-12th grade students, is held on campus. The courses are taught by teams of MATs guided by mentor teachers from local schools. Each team teaches one course tailored to the specific discipline and supervised through a collaborative process by the Teacher Education Faculty.

    Academic Year

    MAT candidates begin their placement with a fall practicum in order to gain an understanding of their school context. The student teaching semester begins in January during which candidates are supervised by MAT faculty directors.

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    By the completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Brown University, students are expected to have taken the following courses in their content area during both their undergraduate and graduate studies in order to fulfill certification requirements.


    Students must plan to complete a minimum of eight (8) courses in the study of literature and language, which should include work in the following:

    • Theories of writing or theories of teaching writing
    • Critical theory
    • Literature of the western canon, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, and the English Romantic poets
    • American literature
    • American ethnic literature
    • Modern and contemporary literature
    • Literature in translation or world literature
    • Poetry
    • Drama
    • Linguistics, focusing on the structure of language and social influences on language development and use media studies

    History/Social Studies

    Students must plan to complete a minimum of nine (9) courses in history and social studies, which should include work in the following:

    • Six (6) courses in history must be distributed among the following:
      • American history
      • Western civilization
      • Non-Western civilization
      • European history
    • Three (3) courses in the social sciences disciplines may include coursework in the following (to earn an endorsement(s) in social studies, you must complete at least two (2) courses in the same area):
      • Anthropology
      • Economics
      • Geography
      • Political science
      • Sociology


    Students must plan to complete a minimum of eight (8) biology courses, which should include work in the following:

    • Botany
    • Zoology
    • Physiology
    • Genetics
    • Ecology


    Students must plan to complete a minimum of eight (8) courses in chemistry, which should include work in the following:

    • Organic chemistry
    • Inorganic chemistry
    • Analytical chemistry
    • Physical chemistry
    • Biochemistry


    Students must plan to complete a minimum of eight (8) courses in engineering, which should include work in the following:

    • Mechanics
    • Electricity and magnetism
    • Optics
    • Properties of matter
    • Thermodynamics

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