|Roberta Udoh '10|
All roads led to Brandeis. It was not hard to choose to apply to the MAT program. I was looking for a teaching program that would weave together my personal life and political /community activist experiences, and prepare me to teach in the Boston Public school system. And this was it! I have been working, paid and unpaid, with children for decades. I have been a youth worker in various capacities, an at-home parent and volunteer in my 2 daughters’ schools, and recently a teacher for Girls’ LEAP, an anti-violence prevention program in the Boston area. I am committed to taking all my wonderful positive life experiences into the classroom in the hope that I may inspire a child to dream of a better future.
Master of Arts in Teaching: Public Education at the Elementary Level
Receive dual certification through our elementary program and be able to work with students with moderate disabilities!
A great teacher is ...
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.
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.
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.
Dedicated. The best teachers are unwavering in their commit- ment 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.
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..
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:
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.