Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
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Prospective MAT students apply to one of the following concentrations: The full-time, 13-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares recent college graduates, career-changers and others with significant life experience to become highly qualified, licensed classroom teachers. Two degrees are offered: the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (Middle and High Schools). We also offer a BA/BS-MAT program to current Brandeis undergraduates.
- Elementary Education:
- Secondary Education:
Highlights of Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program
- Begins each June and combines two summers of study on the Brandeis campus with a nine-month internship in a Boston-area public elementary or secondary (middle or high) school or a Jewish day school.
- Our dynamic learning community encourages close work with peers, experienced classroom teachers, and dedicated faculty, in an atmosphere that is collegial and open to risk-taking.
- An "Induction Program" continues our close-knit community after students earn their degrees by providing support to graduates whose initial teaching position is in the Boston area.
- Leads to the initial license to teach in Massachusetts, which has reciprocity with 44 other states and the District of Columbia. Candidates for the MAT degree are expected to satisfy all of the requirements for initial teaching license in their field, including the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
If you are looking for information on our Teacher Leadership Program for experienced teachers, you can visit the Education program website.
For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar's website.
Early Admission (below): December 1
Regular Admission: Rolling after December 1, until the cohort is full. After the program fills, qualified applicants may be offered a place on our waiting list.
BA/BS-MAT for Brandeis undergraduates: Apply in the fall of junior year
Early admission to the MAT program is an option for qualified applicants to be admitted for graduate study prior to the committee’s review of other applicants. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences also waives the application fee for early applicants.
Applicants should declare their interest in early admission by composing an e-mail to both GSAS (email@example.com) and to the MAT Program (firstname.lastname@example.org); this will allow the application fee to be waived. In case of applicants requesting early admission, the Admission Committee will, at its discretion, do one of the following:
- Offer the candidate early admission and take action on any scholarship application(s) he/she may have made;
- Offer the candidate early admission and defer action on any scholarship application(s) until January 30;
- Defer action on the candidate's application until January 30.
Please note that admission via the "early admission" option is not binding.
To apply for the program, including the BA/BS-MAT program, you need to submit:
An application fee; (waived for the BA/BS-MAT);
Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page;
Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically: one letter should address your academic/intellectual qualifications; one letter should address your experience and/or potential for work with children or youth;
A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé: List all colleges and universities attended; major extracurricular activities and employment, detailing particularly those relevant to your proposed field of study; and, if applicable, any honors or prizes awarded and publications and research projects with which you have been associated;
A statement of purpose (specific instructions follow) that states the concentration to which you are applying (i.e., Elementary: Public; Elementary: Jewish Day Schools/Delet; or Secondary: English, biology, chemistry, Chinese, math, physics, history, or Bible/Tanakh). Essays should be uploaded in one document upon submission of application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test is required (though this is waived for the Bachelor's/MAT for Brandeis undergraduates). Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores). Our code for the Miller Analogies Test is 1197.
- For the Public Elementary and Secondary Education concentrations: In an essay of three to five pages, discuss your reasons for undertaking graduate study in education at this time. Explain one or two of your core reasons for going into teaching. Please be sure to state the specific concentration to which you are applying and discuss your reasons for the selection. Describe your relevant experience and other qualifications.
- Delet (Jewish Day Schools, Elementary): Applicants do not need to submit a Statement of Purpose. Instead, in one document of 3-5 pages, please address the following two prompts and upload as one document with your application: (1) Explain one or two of your core reasons for wanting to be an elementary day school teacher; and (2) Describe a teacher who had a profound impact on you.
International applicants: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.
Please also note:
Delet candidates may be contacted for an interview.
Applicants to the elementary program are expected to show sufficient knowledge to be qualified to teach the core elementary school subjects of mathematics, English language arts, science and the social sciences, including American history. Delet candidates should also show basic knowledge of Hebrew.
Applicants to the secondary program are expected to possess a major or equivalent in the subject they wish to teach.
Applicants who would like professional experience to be taken into account for purposes of review of academic qualifications should submit an additional statement of explanation along with the statement of purpose. Suitable documentation may be required.
For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
The MAT program prepares its graduates to apply for their initial license to teach in Massachusetts, which has reciprocity with 44 other states and the District of Columbia. Our alumni have gone on to become teachers at public, charter, and private schools across the U.S. Others have used their experience to become guidance counselors and psychologists. Read what recent alums are saying about their first years of teaching.