Our Model

Bard MAT’s immersive community teaching residency and graduate program in Central Los Angeles offers a discipline-focused, community-based, hands-on opportunity to enter a valuable profession and help transform public schooling. The Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Los Angeles leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a California Single Subject Credential in the areas of English Language Arts and Social Science." 

The Bard MAT program is structured to support new, early career, or veteran teachers and is designed to accommodate ongoing employment and public service.

Liberal Arts

Bard has earned a respected reputation pioneering studies in the arts, humanities and the sciences for students from all social backgrounds. Bard MAT graduate and credential students gain subject matter mastery and strategies for teaching through open inquiry and thoughtful deliberation. Bard MAT graduates are prepared to extend the liberal arts into middle and high school curricula, promoting the importance of writing, close reading, and critical thinking.


Through Bard MAT’s unique partnerships with neighboring Central Los Angeles educational organizations and the Los Angeles Promise Zone, Bard MAT students build connections with a network of schools, non-profits, and community organizers who are rethinking teaching and learning in a culturally rich, historically strong, economically under-resourced community. 


School Partnerships

The Bard MAT program offers ongoing faculty mentoring and peer support while students learn and practice innovative curriculum design and powerful instructional approaches through guided placements in Central Los Angeles partner schools.