Living Environment Teacher at The Academy for Software Engineering, New York City
"The opportunity to combine graduate study—master of science in environmental policy and master of arts in teaching—has uniquely prepared me for a career in science education. Bard CEP’s rigorous course work has provided me with a breadth and depth of knowledge and the tools to critically analyze environment problems. These skills enable me to teach not only high school biology in New York City, but also to develop my own environmental courses to share these skills with my students."
Students discuss some of the benefits of working with the faculty at Bard CEP.
The M.S./M.A.T. is for students seeking advanced knowledge in environmental policy and certification in secondary education. Applicants must apply to both programs separately. Dual-degree students can pursue a 2-year or 3-year option to earn an M.S. in environmental policy or climate science and policy, and a teaching degree in literature, math, biology, or history.
Two Years—Two Master’s Degrees
To complete the dual degree in two years, students start at Bard CEP, taking first-year courses in either MS degree track, qualifying them to earn a professional certificate. Students then enroll in the one-year MAT degree and complete the intensive, 12-month teacher-training program. To earn their MS degree, students must take the Master’s Project and Seminar course and the Capstone Seminar during the spring term of their second year, while enrolled full-time for the MAT. Students can complete the master's project during the spring semester or during an additional summer semester at Bard. Faculty from both programs serve as advisers for the Master's Project.
Three Years—Two Master’s Degrees
To complete the dual degree in three years, students take the first-year CEP curriculum, qualifying them to earn a professional certificate in environmental policy or climate science and policy. Students then enroll in the two-year MAT degree and complete the 24-month teacher training program in their chosen discipline. For the MS degree, students begin researching and writing their Master's Project during the spring of their second year (their first year at MAT), in conjunction with the MAT academic research project. In addition to the thesis, students must complete the Master’s Project and Seminar class and the Capstone Seminar.
The Bard MAT - Teaching What Matters
Bard College has a national reputation as a liberal arts college that emphasizes the best kinds of teaching. The MAT Program reflects this reputation: it fosters scholarship, intelligence, and creativity, qualities that are the hallmark of fine teachers.
All MAT programs of study include 63 credits of integrated course work, student teaching, and independent research in the field of education and in the discipline. Upon satisfactory completion of these programs, MAT graduates receive a master of arts in teaching degree and a New York State Initial Certificate in Adolescent Education (grades 7–12) in the elective discipline of literature, math, biology, or history.
The MAT Program’s core education courses provide the basis for thinking about teaching and learning, in the contexts of theory, history, research, and practices related to cognition, motivation, literacy acquisition, the social/cultural dynamics of the classroom, the role of identity in learning, curriculum/instructional design, and policy and educational change.
MS/MAT Program sequence
Year 1 Bard CEP first-year course work in either MS degree (EP or CSP) Year 2 MAT classes (full-time, beginning in June), and completion of Bard CEP Master’s Project Proposal and Master’s Project and Seminar (Students may complete their project over the summer after their second year)
Year 1 Bard CEP first-year course work in either MS degree (EP or CSP) Year 2 Bard MAT classes (part-time, beginning in June) Year 3 Bard MAT classes (part-time) and completion of Bard CEP Master’s Project Proposal and Master’s Project and Seminar