Department of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Mathematics

In one year, successful MAT candidates will earn a master's degree and preparation for certification to teach mathematics in grades 7-12, particularly in urban schools.

Mathematics is a powerful tool. It helps us solve questions about our universe, understand the world we live in, explore issues of social justice, and make decisions in our day-to-day lives. Furthermore, an understanding of mathematics is the greatest predictor of success in college science courses. Helping young people to develop a deep understanding of mathematics can open doors to a world of possibilities. 

In our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, we focus on what it means to use equitable teaching practices in culturally responsive classrooms. MAT-Math candidates reflect on their own experiences with math as they learn how to cultivate students’ identities through engaging in mathematical tasks and activities that empower learners. Math is not owned by teachers; math is for everyone, math is truth, math is beauty, and math can be reasoned and justified. In our program, we are playing a crucial part in providing highly effective mathematics instruction to our communities.

Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree that includes a concentration of coursework in mathematics or a related area to be admitted into the program.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2024-2025 academic year. The deadline was January 15, 2024. If you would like to be notified when the application is available for 2025, please complete this brief form.

Faculty Supervisor – Math Cohort

Essential Information

Mathematics applicants should have a Bachelor's Degree with a major in mathematics or have substantial study in related areas. Those with related majors should contact Indira Gil to inquire about whether their courses meet certification requirements.

Transcript Requirements for Mathematics 
Applicants should have completed a minimum of 8 courses (or 30 units) in mathematics which includes:

  • Linear algebra
  • Differential equations
  • Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Online application. The application opens in September and is due January 15. 
  • Transcripts. All applicants may upload unofficial transcripts for application submission. Official transcripts are ONLY required for enrolling students before the start of classes.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Applications may be submitted without all three letters of recommendation, but an admission decision will not be released until they are received.

  • Personal statement. It should address why you want to teach your subject to structurally and economically disadvantaged students and how you believe education can be a tool for equity.

  • Resume/CV. Teaching experience or coursework in education is not required, though we expect applicants to have prior work with children or adolescents. 

  • TOEFL/IELTS: Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction.

  • Interview for selected candidates: An interview may be requested of potential candidates for admission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to come to Brown for an interview, but a telephone or virtual interview may be arranged if necessary.

The GRE is not required to apply for the MAT program. 

The MAT program is an intensive one-year master's program.

MAT candidates begin a summer session running from mid-June through early August. 

MAT candidates then begin year-long teaching residencies in late August, and coursework in early September. The year concludes with Commencement at the end of May.

The design of the program makes it necessary for all students to begin the program in June and complete the 12-month sequence.

The following plan of study is required of all secondary Math MAT students:

EDUC 2500

Foundations of Teaching and Learning  

EDUC 2510D

Educational Theory and Practice in Teaching Mathematics 1  

EDUC 2515

Learning Theory and Special Populations  

EDUC 2520D

Educational Theory and Practice in Teaching Mathematics II  

EDUC 2525

Instructional Design, Planning, and Integrating Technology  

EDUC 2530D

Educational Theory and Practice in Teaching Mathematics III  

EDUC 2535

Teaching Literacy and Language to Emerging Bilinguals Across the Disciplines I  

EDUC 2545

Teaching Literacy and Language to Emerging Bilinguals Across the Disciplines II  

EDUC 2555

Assessment and Using Data to Support Student Learning  

EDUC 2565

Practicum and Seminar I  

EDUC 2575

Student Teaching and Seminar  

EDUC 2385

Education Inequality and Community Assets: Contexts and Change

The following tuition charges are in effect for the 2023-2024 academic year. Tuition generally increases by 3-5% each year. Tuition and fee charges for the 2024-2025 academic year will be set in early 2024. 

Per Credit $8,207
8 credits required for degree completion $65,656

Learn more about masters tuition and fees

The MAT program awards both need and merit-based scholarships, with the majority of funds dedicated to need-based awards. All applicants will be considered automatically for limited merit-based funds.

Learn more here.

Urban Education Fellowship

MAT applicants in all teaching disciplines can apply for the Urban Education Fellowship (UEF). As part of Brown University’s commitment to the local Providence community, the Fellowship offers loan forgiveness if the Fellow teaches for three years after program completion in a school in Rhode Island's urban core region. 

To apply for this fellowship, you will need to submit a separate essay with your program application describing how your experiences and commitments prepare you to be a strong teacher for Providence-area urban youth.

Upon successful completion of all components of the Teacher Education program, MAT candidates receive a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

After completing these requirements and passing the required Praxis II tests (Discipline Specific Test Secondary) candidates are eligible to receive initial certification from the RI Department of Education.

Rhode Island is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, allowing graduates reciprocal certification without transcript evaluation in most states. Graduates of the program may be eligible for teacher certification by transcript evaluation in states that are not NASDTEC members. Please note that several states require additional testing such as Massachusetts, New York, and California.

Multilingual learners (MLLs), who speak a wide variety of heritage languages in addition to learning English, comprise 10% of the US school population, with numbers growing across the country. In the urban core schools of Rhode Island, where most MATs will spend their year, MLLs comprise over 30% of the student population. 

Students in the MAT program enroll in a yearlong course dedicated to learning differentiation strategies for multilingual learners in their disciplines. They examine the intersection of culture and language, learn about the process of second language acquisition, and discuss specific issues affecting MLLs, including testing, family engagement, and challenges facing children who enter the U.S., and specifically Rhode Island, during their middle or high school years.

Through examination of sheltered instruction strategies, integration of WIDA English language development standards, and review of culturally responsive pedagogies, MATs will learn to plan and deliver high-quality instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs of MLLs. Students have multiple opportunities to practice strategies with multilingual learners in their residency sites and to reflect on their pedagogy with MATs in different disciplines. Through successful completion of the course, MATs will earn an MLL endorsement for their Rhode Island State Certification.

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I’m interested in the role of teaching to create social equity. I'm especially interested in creative math pedagogy that is both culturally responsive and ELL-friendly. The intersection between math and language education is something that excites me.

Nari Kato '21, MAT'22