The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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The Bryant Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a learner-centered, competency-based graduate program preparing teachers to understand and to practice classroom decision-making that enhances learning for all students. Our interactive program integrates scholarship, strategies, practice, research, and reflection across the degree. MAT students understand theory and practices as well as the application of both to teaching a discipline. They also have opportunities for graduate-level, subject-specific coursework that fosters in-depth subject-area knowledge.

A faculty mentor guides each MAT student in the development and design of an action research project that bridges all coursework. The project concludes as the student's capstone education course.

Candidates are introduced to public high school teaching and student learning in the first course and all other courses before demonstration through a 75-hour field experience. A host teacher/mentor at an area public high school will guide each MAT candidate through real-world teaching practice and demonstration teaching (student teaching) in Rhode Island public schools or public charter schools.

All faculty members – full-time and part-time – hold advanced degrees, have experience teaching undergraduate and graduate education courses, and hold state certification as a public school teacher/administrator. They have been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for their teaching excellence. Faculty members also serve on state department of education leadership boards and committees.

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Applications are accepted at any time.  Once all application materials are received, you will usually receive a decision within one week.

The Bryant MAT with Teacher Certification is open to candidates with undergraduate majors in biology, business, Chinese, English, French, mathematics, science, social studies, or Spanish, and a minimum overall 3.0 GPA.

The MAT without Teacher Certification is open to any undergraduate major.

Praxis I* test scores must be submitted by applicants whose undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0.  Praxis II test scores in the teaching subject area must be submitted by all applicants.

*Praxis I will be replaced by the Core Academic Skills for Educators exam on September 1, 2014.

For applicants seeking Teacher Certification, the minimum undergraduate GPA is 3.0.
Yes. The Interstate Certification Compact allows for recognition of Rhode Island Certification in over 40 other states. Information on each individual state's requirements is available to applicants from the program director.
Yes, student teaching is required, either while enrolled in the MAT program or by virtue of having previously served a minimum of two years teaching in an approved private secondary school. Applicants seeking the student teacher waiver will have to provide certain documentation and submit to on-site evaluations.
Yes. The U.S. Department of Labor projects the need for nearly 2 million new teachers over the next 10 years. In Rhode Island alone, over 600 new PK-12 teachers were hired in the last two years.
A full-time student can complete all elements of the program in one year. A part-time student has up to five years to complete all requirements for the degree.

tuition information for 2014-2015 academic year

MAT (10 courses)

  • $2,796 per course

Examples from the curriculum

NameType
Foundations of Education/Foundations
Module 1, Competency Exam Module 1
Required
Practices in Education/Literacy
Module 2
Required
Practices in Education/Assessment
Module 3
Required
Practices in Education/Curriculum
Module 4, Competency Exam Modules 2-4
Required
The Art of Teaching: Demonstration/Student Teaching
Module 5, Competency Portfolio Module 5
Required
Research in Education/Capstone
Module 6, Competency Capstone Project Module 6
Required
Subject Area
All candidates complete nine credit hours (three courses) of graduate work in their teaching subject area
Required
Field Work
At least 75 hours before student teaching
Required
Clinical Practice
12 weeks of demonstration/student teaching in an area high school. A cooperating teacher at the high school and the University supervisor of clinical practices supervise and evaluate each candidate
Required

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