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Master of Arts in Teaching

The master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) is designed for students who are planning to teach in elementary, middle or high schools and those wishing to do advanced study in the field of education.

The M.A.T. program combines study in the field of the student's academic interest—the specific teaching field for students preparing to teach at the secondary- or middle-school levels, broader liberal arts and sciences subjects for students preparing to teach at the elementary level—with experience in teaching and the study of educational theory.

The departments of biological sciences, chemistry, English, French, geology, history, mathematics, physics and Spanish actively cooperate with the Department of Education and Child Study in administering the various graduate programs.

The Program

Students who follow the master of arts in teaching program will, in the course of an intensive five-week summer session and a full-time academic year, be able to complete the state-approved program in teacher education to meet the requirements for licensure in various states.

Local Fieldwork Placements

The Department of Education and Child Study uses a variety of schools and settings to provide opportunities for observation, service learning and classroom teaching experiences. These include the Smith College Campus School, public schools in Northampton and other area communities, as well as several private schools.

More Information

If you have questions about the M.A.T. program, please contact Gina Wyman, Coordinator of Teacher Education, at gwyman@smith.edu.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Ruth Morgan, the director of graduate programs, at rmorgan@smith.edu.