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THE MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING PROGRAM at Bard College

 

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The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College recognizes what many studies have demonstrated: that the classroom teacher plays the most influential role in student learning in our schools.

In the MAT Program, you will pursue rigorous graduate-level study, both within an academic discipline and in the field of education. As a student teacher, you will work in public classrooms alongside mentor teachers who are committed to realizing the best hopes of our schools.



Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at Bard College responds to an urgent need for change in public education, a change that state mandates in the form of high-stakes standardized tests will never be able to accomplish. This transformation requires teachers who can help high school and middle school students develop the thoughtful self-determination that builds from a genuine enthusiasm for learning, an enthusiasm that results in the ability to apply the methods of inquiry and bring an understanding of critical concepts to the pursuit of living more fully and responsibly. In its commitment to fostering change, the MAT Program engages M. A. T. degree students, Bard College faculty, and public school teachers in advancing the best ideas about teacher preparation and the improvement of secondary and postsecondary education.

The core of Bard s yearlong MAT Program is an integrated curriculum leading to a master of arts in teaching degree and a teaching certificate for grades 7 12 in one of four areas: English, mathematics, biology, or history. In future years the program will be expanded to include certification in other fields, including art, chemistry, foreign languages, and music. The program is unique in its approach, requiring advanced study in the academic disciplines as well as complementary field-based study of issues in teaching and learning. Having completed an undergraduate degree in their chosen field, incoming students continue their studies in that field. Concurrently, MAT students take education courses that challenge them to apply the results of research and pedagogical analysis to the actual work of teaching. Linked to advanced study in the field, the education curriculum helps students consider how they learn, and how alternative approaches to teaching and learning provide broader access to academic competence. Combined with student-teaching experiences spread over the full academic year, and the active participation of mentor teachers and MAT faculty advisers, the program s instructionally innovative courses provide the basis for critical reflection about educational practice.

  • Preparing Teachers

  • Improving Secondary and Postsecondary Education

  • Continued Revision of Public School Programs

Supporting Programs

Bard College has a longstanding interest in initiating and supporting programs that encourage teachers and students to think about education in new ways. Following are descriptions of four Bard initiatives that most directly support the MAT Program s goals and approaches to learning and teaching.

Curriculum



The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College takes place over a full calendar year, from June to June. It includes integrated course work, student teaching, and independent research. The course work and fieldwork are organized in a sequence of four 10-week quarters. A weeklong orientation session precedes the summer quarter. From September through May-that is, during the fall, winter, and spring academic quarters-MAT students spend 20 weeks in public school classrooms. The intersession, which takes place during the week between the winter and spring quarters, is devoted to courses that not only satisfy state certification requirements, but also immerse students in innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the disciplines. The concluding week of the program provides time for students to present their final projects. Upon satisfactory completion of the 12-month program, MAT graduates receive a master of arts in teaching degree and a New York State Initial Certificate in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) within the elective discipline.

The Degree Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College takes place over a full calendar year, from June to June. It includes integrated course work, student teaching, and independent research. The course work and fieldwork are organized in a sequence of four 10-week quarters. A weeklong session precedes the summer quarter. From September through May that is, during the fall, winter, and spring academic quarters MAT students spend at least 30 weeks in public school classrooms. The intersession, which takes place during two weeks between the fall and winter quarters, is devoted to courses that satisfy state certification requirements. The concluding two weeks of the program provide time for students to present their final projects. Upon satisfactory completion of the 12-month program, MAT graduates receive a master of arts degree in their chosen field and a teaching certificate from New York State.

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Admission

Program applicants must have received a bachelor s degree from an accredited institution in the liberal arts with a major in the discipline (or the equivalent) they intend to study at Bard. Students are accepted into the MAT Program on the basis of an assessment of various components: record of academic achievement that shows a minimum cumulative average of B (3. 0); evaluations in the letters of reference; and professional goals.

Application Materials

Instructions for Application

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Admission Committee

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Bard College

PO Box 5000

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

 

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Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

845-758-7145 Fax 845-758-7149 E-mail: mat@bard.edu

 

 THE MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING PROGRAM

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MAT Open Houses

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program will be holding two Open Houses, one in New York City and one at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. If you are interested in attending or would like more information contact mat@bard.edu or call 845-758-7145. RSVPs are required for both of these events. NYC Open House 11/29/06 from 5-7:30 PM Bard Hall, NYC Annandale-on-Hudson Open House 12/2/06 from 10 am 1 pm

Cecilia Maple 845-758-7145
cmaple@bard.edu

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CONTACT

 

Address:

Bard College

PO Box 5000

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000



Phone:
845-758-7145

Fax: 845-758-7149

E-mail: mat@bard.edu