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Master of Arts in Teaching: Public Education at the Elementary Level

As a teacher, I handle details all day long: curriculum, standards, logistics, individual students, and relationships with those students and their parents. My Brandeis training has given me the perspective to organize and prioritize those details. The principles, toolse and values that I learned in the MAT program are universally applicable to the challenges I face as a teacher and are instrumental in my success." - Dylan Brodeur, MAT'13

The Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Public Education in the Elementary Education 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:

  • Choice of an internship in a partnering urban, suburban or Jewish day school
  • Personalized attention from faculty, mentors and colleagues in a small cohort
  • Faculty who have experience both teaching in schools and conducting research
  • A holistic approach to child development and learning
  • Inquiry and reflection culminating in your own teacher research project
  • Additional Massachusetts K-8 Certificate in Moderate Special Needs

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.
  • Learn to teach the language of each subject area.