Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Education: Master of Arts in Teaching and Teacher Leadership


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Advanced Graduate Study in Teacher Leadership

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Education Program at Brandeis offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in Elementary, Secondary, or Jewish Education, as well as Advanced Graduate Studies (AGS) and an Master in Education (EdM) in Teacher Leadership.

The Brandeis MAT will prepare you to make a difference in today’s diverse classrooms. Through our intensive, 13-month program, you will earn a master’s degree, an elementary or secondary (subject specific) Massachusetts Initial License and the option to earn an additional certification in Moderate Disabilities or in English as a Second Language. Your coursework will be fully integrated with a year-long student-teaching internship in a public urban, suburban or Jewish day school classroom.

In the MAT program, you will join a deeply committed, intellectually engaged cohort of aspiring teachers. Together, you will learn to apply big ideas — like equity, justice, cognition, and differentiation — to the daily work of teaching. For your culminating project you will engage in Teacher Research, systematically studying the teaching and learning in your classroom.

At Brandeis, students — both our graduate students and their K-12 students — are at the center of the MAT program. Whether in the university or in the classroom, students are at the core of our work: who they are, what they bring and how they think. As an MAT student at Brandeis, you’ll learn alongside invested, engaged graduate students in a close-knit cohort, and you’ll benefit from experienced and supportive faculty who are dedicated to your success.

The Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program provides elementary and secondary teachers from public and Jewish Day schools the knowledge and skills they need to motivate and mentor fellow teachers, collaborate with administrators, orchestrate school reform and influence education policy. Teacher leaders will learn how to build on their passion for instructional and institutional leadership while affecting student learning and the school culture.

Our program defines teacher leaders as accomplished classroom teachers, facilitators of teacher learning, collaborators with colleagues and administrators, role models of ongoing learning or "lead learners," and students of school organization and culture. The programs combine face-to-face summer coursework with distance learning and coaching during the academic year. We offer a non-degree Advanced Graduate Studies program and Master of Education (EdM) in Teacher Leadership.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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