Secondary Education


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, followed by either an academic semester of content-area coursework or the student teaching semester. 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.

Course of Study

The Graduate School at Brown offers a 12-month (summer plus academic year) MAT program to prepare college graduates for careers as secondary school teachers of English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics). Students complete five courses in education, including the summer practicum and academic-year student teaching, and three courses in the student’s teaching field:

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

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Student Teaching


The summer student teaching semester called Brown Summer High School, with an enrollment of approximately 150 secondary 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.

Met School students Rory McGuire and Travis Robinson produced a video about BSHS as their final internship before graduation. Dan Bisaccio, former director of science education, served as their internship mentor for the project.

Academic Year

Approximately half the MAT students in any given year complete their student teaching during semester I and coursework in their teaching field during semester II. For the other MAT students in the program, the arrangement is reversed.

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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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Clinical Experience and Coursework


EDUC 2090 Literacy Across the Curriculum 1 credit
EDUC 2060 Methods of Teaching
English, history/social studies, or science, including a team-teaching practicum in Brown Summer High School
1 credit
Semester I

EDUC 1450 The Psychology of Teaching and Learning 1 credit
EDUC 2070/2080 Student Teaching with Analysis Seminar 1 credit
Semester II

3 Advanced courses in subject area 3 credits

1 Elective course in Education 1 credit