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Master of Arts in Teaching Program Bard College

  • Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • Private
  • Rural
  • Not Reported
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
  • $40,000 | $40,000
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Overview: An Introduction to the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program at Bard College responds to an urgent need for change in public education. This transformation requires teachers who can help secondary school students develop the thoughtful self-determination that builds from a genuine enthusiasm for learning.

The core of Bard's M.A.T. degree program is an integrated curriculum leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and New York State Initial Teacher Certification or California Single Subject Credentialing (grades 7-12) in 4 subject areas: biology, literature, mathematics, or history (not all disciplines are offered at all campus locations).

The M.A.T. degree program requires an equal amount of advanced study in the elected academic discipline and in education courses challenging preservice teachers to apply the results of research and pedagogical analysis to their teaching. M.A.T. degree program students are engaged in public school classrooms throughout the year, reflecting an intensive residency model of professional preparation.

This residency model offers a singular opportunity to pursue graduate study while participating in classroom apprenticeships, thereby grounding theory in the work of teaching and learning. The program's instructionally innovative courses provide the basis for critical reflection about education practice.

Campus Locations

Bard College offers the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 3 distinct locations, allowing students to become certified and to gain experience in both rural and urban high-needs school districts. In each of these locations the M.A.T. degree program strives to model change in public education through partnerships with graduate faculty members and students, mentor teachers, and unique charter schools.

Hudson Valley, New York: Bard M.A.T. students carry out their studies on the Bard campus and engage in field experiences in nearby schools in the Hudson Valley, working with experienced teachers who are active members of the M.A.T. educational community. Each school offers a variety of practical experiences to the M.A.T. apprentice.

New York City: After a summer of graduate coursework on Bard's main campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, M.A.T. students who plan to teach in New York City complete their academic course requirements at the New York City campus and satisfy their field experience requirements in partner schools throughout New York City.

California: The Bard M.A.T.'s California program includes both an urban pathway (Los Angeles) and rural pathway (Tulare). This year-long program begins in September and leads toward a master's degree and California single subject credential in "English Language Arts," "Social Science," "Science: Biology," or "Mathematics."


General Contact: BardMAT Admission

Phone: 1800-460-3243 or 845-758-7151


Fax: 845-758-7149



The Bard Master of Arts in Teaching degree program offers several venues for completion of the degree. All successful graduates receive a 63 credit Master of Arts in Teaching degree in "English," "History," "Math," or "Biology," along with a New York State Initial Teaching Certification, or a California Single Subject Teaching Credential (grades 7--12). There are reciprocity agreements with more than 40 states in the United States.

The degree programs are offered at 1 of 3 locations (Hudson Valley, NY, New York City, or Los Angeles, CA). A part-time (2-year) program is offered at the Hudson Valley campus only.


All programs of study include 63-credits of integrated course work, student teaching, and independent research in the field of education and in the discipline, and upon satisfactory completion of these programs, M.A.T. degree program graduates receive Master of Arts in Teaching degrees, along with New York State Initial Certificates or California Single Subjects credentialing in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) within the elective discipline.

M.A.T. degree program courses are structured to emphasize the best practices in teaching and learning and to immerse students in classrooms that challenge them to reexamine the secondary and middle school learning environments. Courses in the student's selected discipline and in areas of education meet for 30 hours over the course of a 10-week quarter.

The 12- or 24-month cycles of integrated graduate courses and field experiences offered to 1-year and 2-year students are intensive programs that emphasize deep study in a discipline and a core set of education courses that build a model of teaching as clinical practice. There are no course electives, and the successful completion of all courses is required for graduation and New York and/or California State teacher certification. Please note that the placement and offering of courses is subject to change.

An additional seminar-style course that addresses questions of classroom learning in the context of graduate studies and practical experiences in schools meets for 30 hours each quarter and is based on experiences that build competencies in research and teaching. All courses and clinical experiences in classrooms are connected through this seminar, which offers the opportunity for continued study and reflection, which are hallmarks of the highly effective teacher.

All M.A.T. degree program students complete 2 substantive research projects, 1 in their academic disciplines (Academic Research Project) and 1 in the field of education (Classroom Research Project). Students begin work on their Academic Research Projects (ARP) in the fall quarter and complete those projects prior to the start of the winter quarter. The Classroom Research Project (CRP) is completed in the spring quarter during the students' final teaching apprenticeships. Both projects are presented at a group symposium during the closing weeks of the program.

Each student in each field of study is required to complete an Academic Research Project (ARP) that engages the student in inquiry and the development of knowledge in his or her discipline. The project represents an opportunity for students to pursue questions of personal interest while they engage in original work as independent scholars, under the guidance of faculty advisers. The results of these projects are presented during symposia in the closing week of the program.

Concordant with the M.A.T. degree program's approach to teaching as an ongoing, reflective practice, all M.A.T. students complete a Classroom Research Project (CRP), in which they investigate a pressing dilemma about their classroom practice. M.A.T. degree program students prepare for the CRP by completing a smaller project during the early cycle of the field experience. This initial project, the inquiry into student thinking, involves the students in the kind of thinking about adolescent learning that they will be asked to do for the larger CRP.


The M.A.T. degree program at Bard College is defined by forms of active inquiry and mutual respect that support learning and professional growth. Creating a collaborative educational community begins with the selection of a talented, energetic, and diverse cohort of students during the admission process.

Program applicants must have received bachelor's degrees from accredited institutions in the liberal arts with majors (or equivalents) in the disciplines they intend to study at Bard. Students are accepted into the M.A.T. degree program on the basis of an assessment of various components: records of academic achievement that show a minimum cumulative average of B (3.0), evaluations in the letters of reference, and professional goals.

All applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; exceptions can be made in certain situations. Prospective applicants who have questions as to whether they have completed the requirements necessary to be accepted into the program should contact the M.A.T. degree program office prior to applying.

The priority admission deadline (first round of acceptances and financial awards) is March 1, 2014. The final application deadline is April 30, 2014.

Financial Support

Bard offers several types of financial aid to help offset the costs of tuition and fees. Aid is in the form of fellowships, scholarships, and federal loans. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program does not offer teaching assistantships, federal work-study opportunities, or tuition waivers. All students are eligible to apply for scholarships; only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for fellowships and deferral loans.

Any student applying for aid from Bard College, in any form, must file the year-appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Location & Contact

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Bard College

PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
United States

Ric Campbell

Cecilia Maple

Assistant to the Director

Phone: (800) 460-3243

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      Master of Science/Master of Arts in Teaching (MS/MAT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT); Dual MS/MAT Degree
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Educational and disciplinary coursework and research; middle and high school teaching placements
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


83% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 60
    • Accepted 50
    • Acceptance Rate 83
    • Enrolled 31
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline April 30th April 30th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesresume, 3 letters of recommendation, and personal statement, official transcripts
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition $40,000
    • Out-of-state tuition $40,000
    • International student tuition$40,000
    • * Tuition for full-time graduate student per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • * Fees for full-time graduate students
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 30
    • Types of financial support availableScholarship, Fellowships and/or loans


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty20
    • Full-time Percentage65%
    • Part-time Percentage35%
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%




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