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Graduate Students

Sweet Briar College offers two distinct, co-educational graduate programs in the field of education focusing on


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differentiated curriculum and instruction. Please view the Graduate Catalog for more information.


Tuition and Fees for 2013-2014

  • M.A.T.: $505 per credit hour

  • M.Ed.:  $340 per credit hour


Application Deadlines

  • December 15 — All required tests to be completed and passed
  • February 1 — All credentials are due
  • April 15 — Decision letters are mailed
  • May 1 — $250 enrollment deposit is due

Required Credentials

MAT Program

  • Completed application form
  • Essays
  • $40 non-refundable application fee (check should be made payable to Sweet Briar College)
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Three references
  • Official scores from both the Praxis I and Praxis II exam
  • Official scores from the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • If applying for Elementary licensure, official scores from the Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA)

M.Ed. Program

  • Completed application form
  • Essays
  • $40 non-refundable application fee (check should be made payable to Sweet Briar College)
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • One copy of the student's teaching license
  • Three references
  • Official GRE scores (within three years)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for those men and women with a bachelor's degree who do not hold a teaching license in Virginia or any other state. It is a full-time program that prepares candidates for licensure in one calendar (June-May) year.

The MAT program is committed to planning and implementing differentiated curriculum and instruction in the classroom. Differentiation is a philosophy of instruction that focuses on continued assessment of students' readiness, interest and learning profiles as the basis for student learning. Differentiated curriculum and instruction addresses learner differences across content areas and grade levels. The program will provide advanced knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse student population.

MAT candidates will be paired with clinical faculty members who have extensive training in differentiated curriculum and instruction and in mentoring pre-service teachers, creating a seamless flow between graduate study and practice. With the completion of this program, prospective teachers are expected to know, understand and be able to implement differentiated learning experiences so that all of their students have the opportunity to learn. The program emphasizes undergraduate and graduate preparation through field experiences with trained clinical faculty. All licensure programs have been approved by the Virginia State Department of Education and qualify for reciprocity with other states that have signed interstate contract agreements with Virginia.

Graduate courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings to allow students to substitute in local schools and "earn while they learn." Certain courses in the program will combine MAT students and M.Ed. candidates, creating exciting opportunities for current and prospective teachers to share learning experiences.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)
The Master of Education program is a co-educational degree program for college graduates with a teaching license and a minimum of three years of teaching experience who seek professional advancement.

The program focuses on the development of a deep understanding of differentiated curriculum and instruction as best practice for all learners. Differentiation is a philosophy that honors and celebrates the unique qualities of individual students, recognizing that "one-size-fits-all" teaching is not appropriate for the diverse needs of students in today's inclusive classrooms. It provides learning options that match students' readiness levels, interests and learning profiles (learning style, intelligence dominance, culture and gender). Teachers who differentiate effectively are prepared to offer students varied approaches to curriculum content, a variety of sense-making experiences to deepen understanding and multiple options for demonstrating what they have learned.

The field research project requires degree candidates to develop an action research proposal, conduct research in a classroom setting and to present the results in a thesis.

Graduate courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings to accommodate teachers' schedules, allowing them to continue working while completing the degree. The program will accommodate students who wish to pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time basis.