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Education: Master of Arts in Teaching

Brown's Master of Arts in Teaching program is a one-year program that aims to prepare critical, impactful, and reflexive secondary teachers who demonstrate excellence in both their academic discipline and the multifaceted field of education. It aims to produce teachers with deep understanding of the social contexts of education and how they affect students, families, communities, and schools. It seeks to cultivate skills and commitments in pre-service teachers to improve student learning outcomes and promote equity in education. Graduates will be prepared to approach the teaching of students in diverse communities with empathy and cultural competence based in critical reflection that strives to continuously improve their own practice.

Completion Requirements
MAT Secondary Education (English, History/Social Studies, Science): Includes graduate level coursework in teaching and pedagogy. The summer focuses on methods of teaching/curriculum development, and practicum experience in Brown Summer High School. 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.

Requirements for Certification: Upon completion of the program and the appropriate Praxis II test(s), students are eligible for Rhode Island certification in elementary (grades 1-6) or secondary education (grades 7-12). It is required of each teacher education program that receives funding from the federal government that it make public the results of the professional test taken by each completer. Brown University’s Teacher Education Program had a 97% pass rate in the year 2017. Rhode Island is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, allowing graduates reciprocal certification without transcript evaluation in most states.

Admission Information
It is not necessary for applicants to have prior teaching experience or coursework in education, although prior work with children or adolescents is expected. 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. See below for specific program requirements. Prospective applicants with questions about their coursework or academic background are urged to contact the appropriate faculty director.

  • Secondary English: Bachelor's degree in English or related field. Faculty director: Laura Snyder
  • Secondary History/Social Studies: Bachelor's degree in history or a social science field. Faculty director: Christina Villarreal
  • Secondary Science: Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, physics, or closely related field. Faculty director: Diane Silva Pimentel

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject:
 Not required
Application deadline: January 15 (Financial aid applicants must complete a FAFSA and Brown MAT Financial Aid Application by February 1 in order to be considered for financial assistance.)