Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about Brown's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for a variety of people: recent college graduates, early career individuals, and mid-career professionals.
Professional work experience is not a requirement for applying to either program, however, we do suggest that a prospective student have some education-related experience (camp counselor, tutor, etc.). Prior education-related experience will strengthen an application.
Prospective applicants need to meet discipline-specific coursework requirements to be considered for admission. These requirements can be found on the How to Apply page, listed by content area. If you’re unsure that your coursework qualifies, you can request a transcript analysis by emailing a list of 8-10 courses that you’ve taken that you think meet these requirements and your transcript (unofficial works) to the respective faculty member:
- English — Laura Snyder
- Math — Indira Gil
- Science — Diane Silva Pimentel
- Social Studies — John Palella
Once analyzed, the faculty member will be in direct contact with you with their decision.
The admission committee assesses applications holistically. A strong applicant has some experience working with adolescents or in education, and is dedicated to improving students’ outcomes and opportunities and advancing the cause of justice. The committee looks for a GPA of 3.0 or higher. There is no professional experience required to apply.
Admission decisions are sent out between late February and early-to-mid March.
If you are accepted and choose to matriculate, the programs will start a few months later in June.
Because this is a one-year program, mid-year starts are not permitted. Cohorts will begin in mid-June and complete the programs the following May.
Ordinarily, courses are not offered online as students are required to be located in or near Providence, RI for the duration of the program to participate in internships and student-teaching in person. Some remote instruction is being offered this year during the pandemic, but students applying to the program should plan to take most courses in person.
Applications cost $100 to submit. Any prospective applicant may request a fee waiver directly within the program application.
The application fee is automatically waived for active-duty U.S. Military personnel, U.S. Military veterans, and domestic applicants who participate in eligible, University-approved programs. All fee waiver information can be found within the program application.
The Application Fee Waiver Form must be submitted no later than three days before the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by email regarding the outcome of their request and should not submit their application until receiving notification about their waiver.
The MAT program offers financial aid opportunities through merit-based and need-based scholarships.
Applicants can apply for federal loans by completing a FAFSA form or can apply for the Urban Education Fellowship (UEF). The Fellowship cancels the student loan if the Fellow works for three years after graduation in a full-time position within a public sector education organization, non-profit entity, or school in the Rhode Island urban core region, making the program effectively cost-free. The UEF is an opportunity for MAT students with a Math or Science discipline.
The admissions committee looks for a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with lower GPAs are not typically accepted but there are exceptions.
Neither the GRE General nor GRE Subject tests are required for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.
We are excited to announce that effective August 15, 2021, we are again able to welcome visitors and guests to campus, and limited capacity campus tours will begin September 13. Please visit Brown's Admissions page for more information about in-person and virtual campus tours.
Our Student Ambassadors allow prospective students to connect with currently enrolled students to learn more about the program and the Brown University experience firsthand.
If you’re interested in connecting with one of the UEP Student Ambassadors, please fill out the form here and they will reach out to you shortly.
The MAT program only grants deferrals in rare circumstances and scholarships do not defer. We encourage interested students to apply in the fall prior to their start date. If you’re looking to be in the cohort that begins in June, you will apply in the previous fall/winter.
The MAT program leads to a teaching license. Upon completion of the program and state required Praxis exams, candidates will be recommended for a Rhode Island Department of Education teaching certificate in their discipline at the secondary level and an endorsement in teaching multilingual language learners.
Currently, our MAT program is focused on secondary education (grades 7-12) with disciplines in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
International Students FAQs
Application fee waivers from Brown’s Graduate School are not available for international applicants.
All international applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. Exams are not required for students who have earned a degree from a non-U.S. university where the primary language of instruction is English, or from a college or university in the United States, or in a list of countries. Visit the Graduate School’s website for a full list and further criteria.
Official language proficiency exam scores should be sent directly to Brown’s Graduate School. Official TOEFL scores should use reporting code 3094, and IELTS test takers should contact the test center and ask that the official test scores be sent to the Graduate School Admission Office. Visit the Graduate School’s website for more information.
Waivers are permitted for those who may need them, for COVID-19 related reasons.
International students are not eligible for federal loans but are eligible for scholarship aid from the MAT program. All applicants will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships for the program. To apply for institutional need-based aid, students should submit the MAT Institutional Aid form and the FAFSA form with their application. The FAFSA form should be uploaded and submitted to your application, do not send it to the federal government.
International citizens will also need to submit the CSS profile. Brown University’s code is 3189. Please be sure to submit the CSS Profile by January 18, 2022.