Department of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The intensive, yearlong Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate program trains students to become impactful secondary teachers in English, social studies, math, or science (chemistry, biology, or physics/engineering).

Commitment. Collaboration. Transformative Classrooms.

Educators play a key role in confronting rising inequality in cities across the United States. That’s why our Master of Arts in Teaching — designed by faculty in partnership with local educators to respond specifically to real-world challenges —  equips future teachers with the tools they’ll need to fulfill the most pressing needs of urban secondary schools in Rhode Island and beyond. 

The yearlong MAT program at Brown is unique in blending the best of university and residency-based teacher education programs, combining intensive coursework, immersive teaching experiences, and personalized coaching to prepare teachers to become culturally responsive and impactful educators advancing the cause of justice.

As part of a small, collaborative cohort, our students receive comprehensive, critical, and equity-based preparation for secondary-school teaching careers (grades 7-12) in the following subjects: 

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Why we’re different


  • A unique blend of University and residency-based teacher preparation
    Our MAT candidates benefit from both experienced Brown faculty and exceptional mentor-teachers. Students are immersed in a local urban school from fall to spring, taking classes both at Brown and at the school site.
  • Integration of theory and practice
    At Brown, the relationship between coursework and fieldwork is a reciprocal one. Forging connections between the classroom and the meeting room allows students to continuously connect theory to practice in deep and meaningful ways.
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
    Our teaching emphasizes access, equity, and affordability. Students in all subjects learn to support English learners in the classroom through an asset-based lens.
  • A small, collaborative cohort 
    The MAT cohort is kept small to enable students to foster close, lifelong relationships with each other and with our distinguished faculty.  
  • An engaged local and national alumni community
    Brown alumni offer professional support and lasting professional connections.

Addressing Inequality in the Classroom

Brown’s MAT program taught Carol Amaya MAT ’19 the importance of drawing connections between historical events and current inequalities in the classroom.

The Power of Mentors


Kashmeel McKoena shares his Master of Arts in Teaching experience at Brown

Both inside and outside the classroom, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students receive top-notch preparation for secondary-school teaching careers (grades 7-12) in urban schools.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduates emerge prepared to lead with impact, inside urban classrooms and beyond.

Important Dates

The academic year begins in June and concludes the following May. 

Application deadline: January 15
Admissions notification: Early March
Enrollment response deadline: April 15

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The Brown Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program seeks candidates who have demonstrated commitment to youth, an understanding of school contexts, strong content knowledge, a record of achievement and a belief that all students can learn and deserve inspiring, skillful classroom teachers who are prepared to disrupt educational inequality.