Is it possible to enroll as a part-time student? VIEW MORE >>
Yes. A two-year part-time program is offered for students who need to work full-time while attending the Program. This option is offered at the New York campus only.
Should I still apply even if I do not have all prerequisites? VIEW MORE >>
We encourage all prospective students to submit their undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts for review by a member of our Office of Admission. Unofficial transcripts are fine. A counselor will review the transcripts and get back in touch with the prospective students quickly to let them know about their eligibility for the Program or if additional coursework is required.
What undergraduate background do I need to be considered for acceptance to this program? VIEW MORE >>
The BardMAT Requires that all students admitted to our Program have a bachelors degree from an accredited four-year liberal arts college and have a major or the equivalent in the discipline they wish to study at Bard. Students who did not major in one of our discipline areas, should send their transcript to email@example.com for review by one of our admission counselors.
Do I have to have had any formal teaching experience to be accepted to this program? VIEW MORE >>
We do not require students we accept to the Program to have had formal teaching experience in a school. However, we do look for our applicants to have had some sort of experience working with young people such as tutoring, camp counseling, etc.
What are the age ranges of your applicants and accepted students? VIEW MORE >>
Applicants and accepted students in our Program range in age from 20 to 60, with people fresh out of undergrad, to career changers.
FAQs About the Program
How many students are enrolled in the program in a given year? VIEW MORE >>
We cap our enrollments at 15 students per discipline, per location. The most students enrolled at a location would be 60. Class sizes are capped at 15 to allow for the individual attention essential to this intense program.
We offer certification in English, History (social studies), Mathematics or Biology
Do I choose my school placement for my student teaching or does the Bard MAT place me? VIEW MORE >>
The Bard MAT has partnerships with public schools at all of our locations. The MAT program takes great care in placing our student teachers in our partner schools with veteran mentor teachers. Each student in the MAT is placed at two different schools with two different mentor teachers.
Do you plan to offer other areas of certification in the future? VIEW MORE >>
We hope to add other areas of certification in the future including additional sciences, art, foreign languages and ESL. An exact time-line for these additions has not been set.
Is it possible to work while doing this program? VIEW MORE >>
Students in our two-year program can work full time while attending the Program. Students in our intensive one-year Program are not able to work full-time and most find weekend jobs to help supplement their income during the year.
Students who will be at the New York or California locations MUST have a vehicle as placements at the rural locations can be a distance from campus, and public transportation is unreliable or non-existent. Students at our urban locations do not need a car as they can rely on public transportation to get to and from classes and teaching placements.
There is limited graduate housing available on campus for graduate students both summer and full year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuition, Financial Aid, Schlarships, and Grants
Does Bard award grant money in addition to loans and scholarships? VIEW MORE >>
The BardMAT has some fellowships available for qualified students. These change each year. Students should visit the section on the website regarding tuition and fees, under Admission. In addition to specific fellowships, the MAT offers scholarship aid in the forms of a Bard College Scholarship and federal loans.
What are the other fees, aside from tuition, associated with the program? VIEW MORE >>
There are additional fees associated with the Program and the College. Please see the Admission section for more information.
Certification and Credentialing
What other requirements are there to become a certified teacher? VIEW MORE >>
New York State and California have additional requirements that must be fulfilled before a person can be certified. These vary from year to year and state by state. Please see the respective supplements and information under admission for more information on these additional requirements.
Is New York State certification and California Credentialling transferable to other states? VIEW MORE >>
Yes. New York State and California have interstate agreements with 44 other states and jurisdictions. Bard College is included as one of the teacher preparatory programs acceptable for the purposes of interstate recognition. Go to www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/teachrecother.htm for more information.
How does one go about obtaining dual certification? VIEW MORE >>
Dual certification can be obtained through the New York State Education Department. Once you have been certified in one of the subject areas by the MAT, you send your undergraduate transcripts up to NYSED for review for certification in another area. More information can be found at www.highered.nysed.gov.
How soon after completion of this program will I be certified? VIEW MORE >>
Once you have completed the MAT you are automatically awarded an MAT degree in your subject area. The MAT immediately applies for certification on your behalf. As long as you have completed the other state requirements for certification and have paid your certification processing fee, you should be officially certified in a couple of weeks. Please note that New York State, specifically, only issues certifications twice a year- in September and February.
Where can I find information on the additional requirements for certification including exam schedules and study guides? VIEW MORE >>
Additional information can be found on the states respective DOE websites. For New York visit www.nysed.gov. For California visit www.cde.ca.gov
Graduation and Beyond
Upon completion of the Program, how do I obtain an official copy of my graduate transcript? VIEW MORE >>
Official copies of graduate transcripts can be obtained at any time through the Bard College Office of the Registrar, 845-758-7458.
When I am applying for teaching jobs, who should I contact to have my placement file sent? VIEW MORE >>
Placement files are sent out by the respective programs. To request placement files to be sent, email email@example.com