“We’re all participants. You can participate on the side of the status quo by doing nothing. You can participate by addressing transgressions as you see them arise, by speaking up for vulnerable communities, by holding those truths, by being inclusive in your curriculum if you’re a teacher. Activism isn’t just marching on special occasions but about the nuances of everything we do, and everything we do in some sense is political." -- Rebecca Solnit   

At Bard MAT, participation is why we are here. Our faculty and students are immersed in the challenging, essential, and rewarding human rights work of public education. We seek applicants who want to bring their ideals, leadership, and activism into schools, museums, agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Core Four

Bard's 14-month Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.) is organized around four faculty-guided experiences:

  1. Interdisciplinary seminars examining education through the Arts, Humanities and Ethnic Studies
  2. Pedagogical coursework developing practical skill for teaching across both school and non-school contexts
  3. Fieldwork, coordinated with employment, that promotes reflection, social justice, and improved instructional practice.
  4. A year-long interdisciplinary research and writing project advancing personal career goals

What you can expect

  • 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.