The M.A.T. degree emphasizes the importance of the arts and humanities, informed civic participation, and the commitment to human rights in developing skilled practitioners adept at teaching, leadership, and public advocacy. Candidates work closely with faculty mentors and with other members of the Bard community in Los Angeles to gain experience, knowledge and skill needed and become confident, informed, critical, and reflective educators.
- Dedicated faculty scholars, respected in their academic field and active in community education and justice, committed to strengthening public instruction in under-resourced institutions.
- Purposeful exposure to innovative educators across Los Angeles modeling transformative work in teaching, educational leadership, policy, activism, and the arts through Community Education Electives, institutional partnerships, and programming led by project/clinical faculty.
- Individual Research Projects (IRP) driven by student interest and guided by faculty expertise, designed for candidates who seek to grow as researchers and refine career opportunities.
- Interdisciplinary inquiry examining education and the subject matter taught in public schools through the lenses of the Arts, Humanities, and Ethnic Studies.