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.
MAT candidates receive preparation for secondary-school teaching careers (grades 7-12) in English, mathematics, social studies, and science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics) both inside and outside the classroom. Our program is a unique blend of outstanding university and residency-based teacher education that prepares students for urban contexts. MAT students learn within a particular school context while developing an understanding of the larger landscape of education – including how to make positive change.
Teaching experience or coursework in education is not required, though we expect applicants to have prior work with children or adolescents.
Applicants should have a Bachelor's Degree with a major in their chosen discipline or have substantial study in related areas. Please see our website for more information. We urge prospective applicants with questions about their coursework or academic background to contact the appropriate faculty member in their content area: Laura Snyder for English, Indira Gil for math, Diane Silva Pimentel for science, and John Palella for social studies.
We will invite selected applicants to interview in-person, online, or over the phone with the appropriate faculty.
If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a University in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia).
The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator exam are accepted.
Students from mainland China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus exam.
Required. All applicants may upload unofficial transcripts for application submission. Official transcripts are ONLY required for enrolling students before class start. An international transcript evaluation (WES, ECE, or SpanTran) is required for degrees from non-U.S. institutions before enrollment.
Letters of Recommendations:
Three (3) recommendations required
Applicants for the MAT in English must submit a writing sample, no more than 5 typewritten single-spaced pages, in addition to their personal statement.
750-1000 word personal statement that gives your reasons to pursue graduate work in the field of your study. It should address why you want to teach your subject to structurally and economically disadvantaged students and how you believe education can be a tool for equity.
5th Year Deadline
MAT Secondary Education (English, History/Social Studies, Math, Science): Includes graduate-level coursework in teaching and pedagogy. There are 8 required courses throughout the program. The summer focuses on teaching methods, 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, assessment, and special education. Candidates will complete a course in the socio-cultural contexts of education and a residency-based seminar instructed by a local teacher leader. The program also includes a full-year practicum and student teaching placement.
Requirements for Certification
Upon completing the program and the appropriate Praxis II exam, students are eligible for Rhode Island certification in secondary education (grades 7-12). Each teacher education program that receives funding from the federal government is required to make public the results of the professional test taken by each completer. Brown University’s Teacher Education Program had a 100% pass rate in 2021. 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.