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Education: Master of Arts in Teaching

The Elementary Education track will not be accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year.

Brown's Master of Arts in Teaching program is a one-year program that prepares future educators to understand fundamental principles of teaching and learning, and to apply that understanding to work effectively with children, families, and communities.

Intentionally small in size, the program seeks to ensure that future teachers learn best practices in curriculum design and instruction. Student teachers are encouraged to seek constructive feedback, take risks, engage with colleagues in exploring sensitive issues, and explore opportunities for personal and professional growth. The elementary and secondary M.A.T. programs are dedicated to the idea that teaching is creative and intellectually serious work. Those who are introduced to the craft of teaching at Brown are immersed in a community of education scholars and practitioners engaged in national and local efforts to improve education and the teaching profession. That community includes Education Department faculty and staff, the Education Alliance, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

Completion Requirements
M.A.T. Elementary Education: Eight courses: six graduate level courses in teaching and pedagogy including student teaching, one course in cultural and linguistic diversity, and one elective in education studies.
Program Handbook

M.A.T. Secondary Education (English, History/Social Studies, Science): Eight courses: four graduate level courses in teaching and pedagogy including student teaching, one elective in education studies, and three courses in the area of content specialization.
Program Handbook
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 98% pass rate in the year 2016. Rhode Island is a member of the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC), which has reciprocal agreements with 44 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 16 (Financial aid applicants must complete a FAFSA and Brown MAT Financial Aid Application by February 1 in order to be considered for financial assistance.)