Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The Brandeis MAT will prepare you to make a difference in today’s diverse classrooms.

Through our intensive, 1-year program, you will earn a master’s degree, an elementary or secondary (subject specific) Massachusetts Initial License and the option to earn an additional certification in Moderate Disabilities or in English as a Second Language. And you’ll land a job. One hundred percent of of Brandeis MAT graduates gain employment in teaching positions upon graduation. Your coursework will be fully integrated with a year-long student-teaching internship in a public urban, suburban or Jewish day school classroom.

In the MAT program, you will join a deeply committed, intellectually engaged cohort of aspiring teachers. Together, you will learn to apply big ideas — like equity, justice, cognition, and differentiation — to the daily work of teaching. For your culminating project you will engage in Teacher Research, systematically studying the teaching and learning in your classroom.


Why Brandeis?

At Brandeis, students — both our graduate students and their K-12 students — are at the center of the MAT program.

Whether in the university or in the classroom, students are at the core of our work: who they are, what they bring and how they think. As an MAT student at Brandeis, you’ll learn alongside invested, engaged graduate students in a close-knit cohort, and you’ll benefit from experienced and supportive faculty who are dedicated to your success.

The best teachers never stop learning. Even after you graduate, our induction program will support you as you navigate your school’s culture, refine your teaching practice and develop your teacher identity.

We offer MAT students generous financial support, both need based and merit based. Find out how to apply for scholarships for alumni, public educators and Jewish educators.

Faculty Excellence

Distinguished Faculty

Our highly productive yet accessible faculty publish and lecture widely and are recognized for their teaching:

  • Marya R. Levenson ’64 is a veteran of the Boston and Newton public schools, the author of Pathways to Teacher Leadership: Emerging Models, Changing Roles (2014) and a recipient of the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2008).

  • Joe Reimer is a renowned expert on experiential Jewish education and regularly publishes articles in the Journal of Jewish Education. His book, Succeeding at Jewish Education: How One Synagogue Made It Work, won the 1997 National Jewish Book Award in Education.

  • Danielle Igra’s research areas include the Pedagogy of Teacher Education and the Teaching of English Language Arts. She currently teaches Fundamentals of Teaching, Pedagogy of English, and Reflective Teaching. Before coming to Brandeis, Igra worked at Stanford University, where she also earned a PhD in teacher education, an MA in English, and an MA in teaching. Igra taught high school English for nine years in public schools and has taught in graduate programs in secondary, elementary and early childhood education. As a teacher development and research consultant she has worked in the fields of literacy, large scale assessment, higher education and Jewish education.

  • Rachel Kramer Theodorou has been a classroom elementary and ESL teacher for more than 20 years in both public and private schools. Alongside her practical work, Rachel consults with Waltham Public Schools, MATSOL, EDCO and the Waltham Family School on matters ranging from instructional practices for teaching English Learners, to promoting ESL teacher leadership in professional development, and in methods for forging productive family relationships between school and home.


The Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching Program leads to initial licensing to teach in Massachusetts, which has reciprocity with many other states and the District of Columbia. Our grads are thriving in schools all over the country. We’ll support you in every stage of the job search. For the past two years, 100 percent of our MATs seeking teaching positions were hired.

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