Why Bard MAT?
Gary Dale Burns ’18, English/Literature
I chose to attend the Bard MAT because of the combined focus on literature and education, as well as the extended hours of in-class student teaching. One of the things I liked best about the program was the camaraderie that I developed with a number of peers in my cohort and the extended contact and connections after life in the MAT that continue to this day. The program centered my study to become a teacher as a lifelong learner within a community, and this is the mindset I continue to bring with me to my career as a teacher.
The Bard MAT is an intensive graduate teacher education program leading to a discipline-based master of arts in teaching degree and New York State Initial Teacher Certification in one of five subjects: biology, history, literature, mathematics, or Spanish. The Bard MAT responds to an urgent need for innovative education. This transformation requires teachers who can help secondary school students develop the thoughtful self-determination that builds from a genuine enthusiasm for learning.