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.

Brown’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed in collaboration with local educators to provide future teachers with the necessary tools to meet the urgent needs of urban secondary schools in Rhode Island and beyond.

Brown University MAT


Learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

The year-long MAT program at Brown is a unique blend of university and residency-based teacher education programs. It combines intensive coursework, immersive teaching experiences, and personalized coaching to prepare teachers to become culturally responsive and impactful educators, promoting the cause of justice.

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

The application for graduate admission opens in early September and is due January 15 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

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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.

  • Approved with Distinction
    All of our programs have been "Approved with Distinction" by the Rhode Island Department of Education, the highest level of approval offered to teacher preparation programs.

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