Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at Bard College, founded in 2003, integrates graduate study in education and the academic disciplines with extensive apprentice teaching in middle and secondary school classrooms. It prepares teachers for a wide range of educational settings, urban and rural, in the United States and internationally. The MAT Program has three campus locations: in the Hudson Valley, New York; Los Angeles, California; and East Jerusalem. Completion of the New York program leads to a master of arts in teaching degree and New York State Initial Teaching Certification (grades 7–12) in one of four areas: biology, English language arts, mathematics, and social studies. Having completed an undergraduate degree in their chosen field, students in New York may earn the M.A.T. degree in one year (full time) or two years (part time). Bard undergraduates can earn their B.A. and M.A.T. through a 3+2 program on the Annandale campus. The MAT Program in Los Angeles leads to the M.A.T. and California Single Subject Teaching Credential in English language arts or social science. Students attend the L.A. campus part time and earn the degree while they teach. Currently, admission to the West Bank program is limited to Palestinian educators.