Katie graduated from Carleton College and completed her MAT in 2011. She currently teaches third grade at the Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I have always wanted to be a teacher and am excited to finally be concretely on that path, though I feel I’ve been on the “teacher path” since elementary school. Because I love all learning and therefore all subjects, it broke my heart to think of picking just one to teach, which is partly why I’m really excited to teach in elementary school. I’m also excited about giving children a basis for understanding and building blocks or tools with which to continue learning all their lives. I believe that elementary school is the place to really be able to affect students and their attitudes towards learning and I am gratified to be part of making learning exciting, fun and wonderful for all children.
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Master of Arts in Teaching: Public Education at the Elementary Level
Eligibility to apply for an additional license to teach students with moderate disabilities is available with additional coursework and practicum hours.
What We Do, What We Believe
The Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Public Education at the Elementary level is looking for applicants who have an unwavering commitment to the democratic mission of public education. We believe that all children are capable of and deserve to flourish intellectually, socially, and morally. Our graduates change the lives of students, improve schools, and help shape the educational system.
The MAT is a full-time, 12-month (June to July) program of professional education for teaching. Generous scholarship support is available to qualified candidates. Learn more about the core beliefs and principles of the MAT in Public Education..
Teachers trained at Brandeis are ...
Inspired. Outstanding teachers are bold and passionate about uncovering what matters in a subject. They ignite young minds with their own love of learning and with their belief in the potential possessed by every student.
"I am now in my second year teaching 7th & 8th grade Social Science. I am passionate about the opportunities for innovative education that are provided by new digital technologies and have been experimenting with integrating technology into my teaching practice." Jared '05
Creative. The best teachers are experimental and innovative, employing changing and wide-ranging means of engaging students of various abilities, stimulating discussion and promoting critical thinking.
"I am so grateful for the MAT program at Brandeis. The greatest lesson I have learned is how to design creative lesson plans that not only excite the students but provide them with measurable skills and content upon which they can grow. We just finished a Rube Goldberg domino and pendulum project wherein the students learned the concepts of balance, inertia, friction, gravity, motion, counting, addition, symmetry, cooperation, compromise, team work,data collection and summarization all through trial and error,observation and experimentation. The entire classroom became a domino, ball, tube and bridge, synchronized motion machine." Cindy '11
Determined. Great teachers find ways to convince all students to believe in themselves and the importance of their work. They strive to deepen students’ understanding of, and engagement with, the world around them.
"The Brandeis MAT prepared me for the challenges of creating effective curriculum through backwards design (Understanding By Design). Even though it was tricky at first, I find that teasing out the big ideas and essential questions has made my teaching more effective." Rebekah '08
Dedicated. The best teachers are unwavering in their commitment to giving students the kind of education that transforms lives. They continually examine their own practices, sharing insights with colleagues. They are also tireless in providing and maintaining a safe, respectful learning community.
"After graduating form Brandeis, I felt really prepared to take over my own classroom. I left with a strong sense of my philosophy of education and how to empower students to take ownership of their learning. I love teaching science skills to middle school students and finding ways to encourage a love of science and critical inquiry at an early age." Emily '12
What MAT Students Study, Learn and Do
MAT students become members of a cohort of experienced, thoughtful, risk-taking and energetic fellow students who work closely with outstanding faculty and mentor teachers.
Distinctive features of the program include:
- A year–long internship in one of our affiliated schools, working under the guidance of a dedicated cooperating teacher.
- Child Study and other ways of systematically attending to and building upon the educational strengths and learning needs of individual children.
- Challenging coursework in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies, all emphasizing the essential role of inquiry and are integrated with classroom practice.
- “Making Art,” a practice-based investigation of studying and creating art.
As public educators in the democratic tradition, we respect and welcome the contributions of family and community to children’s formal and informal learning. We are committed to teaching as a public practice governed by standards, ethical and academic integrity, and responsibility.
What MAT Students Take Away
As a student in the Public Elementary MAT, you will develop the skills to
- Build children’s intellectual, social and moral flourishing in their classrooms
- Develop a repertoire of instructional practices
- Establish a balanced literacy program
- Employ inquiry-oriented instruction in mathematics, science, the social sciences and visual arts
- Build a solid understanding of how to establish a just, decent, inclusive and productive classroom.
- Engage your students’ families in meaningful conversation about their children’s educational accomplishments and needs.
- Be poised to take part in the debates that are crucial to fresh thinking and a healthy democracy.