Brandeis University's full-time, 13-month Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program prepares students, including 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. Prospective Master of Arts in Teaching students apply to one of the following concentrations:
Elementary: Public Education
Elementary: Jewish Day School/ DeLeT
Secondary Education (including biology, chemistry, Chinese, English, history, math, physics, or Bible/Tanakh)
The Master of Arts in Teaching program, which begins each June, combines two summers of study on the Brandeis campus with a nine-month internship in a public elementary or secondary (middle or high) school or a Jewish day school, in the Boston area. Master of Arts in Teaching students become members of our dynamic learning community, working closely with peers, experienced classroom teachers, and dedicated faculty, in an atmosphere that is collegial and open to risk-taking. M.A.T. students' community starts upon matriculation as a cohort, do much of their study in concentration-specific cohorts, and graduate together. A faculty leader is responsible for each concentration and serves as adviser to all students in the cohort. The community continues even after students earn their degrees, through an induction program for graduates whose initial teaching position is in the Boston area.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program leads to the initial license to teach in Massachusetts, which has reciprocity with 46 other states and the District of Columbia. Candidates for the M.A.T. degree are expected to satisfy all of the requirements for initial teaching license in their field, including the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
Challenging coursework, guided teaching practice, inquiry into fundamental educational processes and purposes and theory-building are integrated across the entire 13-month span. A major undertaking is a classroom-based research project, designed and conducted by Master of Arts in Teaching students over the second half of the year, culminating in presentation of findings to faculty, friends and family prior to the award of degrees.
Public Education- Elementary Concentration:
The Public Education- Elementary concentration rests on two core beliefs: that all children have the right and deserve to flourish intellectually, socially and morally, and that it is the duty of teachers to promote that flourishing. The Public Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching prepares beginning teachers with the capability and vision to succeed in today’s schools and to play key roles in creating the schools of tomorrow.
Jewish Day Schools/DeLeT Concentration:
Students in the Jewish Day Schools/DeLeT (JDS/DeLeT) concentration find themselves at one of the few universities in the nation offering rigorous study of the art and craft of teaching in the context of Jewish education. The Elementary-JDS/DeLeT concentration of the Master of Arts in Teaching prepares future educators to serve the Jewish community as teacher-leaders and models of Jewish learning and living.
In the Secondary Education concentration of the Master of Arts in Teaching, students are asked to investigate what others take for granted and to view themselves as important contributors to creating a better world through thoughtful interventions. In addition to coursework in educational foundations and in pedagogy, middle school and high school M.A.T. students take four courses in a discipline appropriate to their teaching specialty, thus gaining exceptional depth of subject matter knowledge and enjoying the opportunity of working with outstanding disciplinary scholars on the Brandeis faculty.