Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a five year program for Sweet Briar undergraduates who are pursuing one of three licensure options.

Applicants with bachelor degrees from other institutions may also apply for a full-time M.A.T. program that prepares candidates for licensure in one calendar (June-May) year.

Why pursue your M.A.T. at Sweet Briar?

  • Our program builds the necessary, knowledge and skills to differentiate curriculum and instruction effectively in today’s diverse classrooms.
  • M.A.T. students are paired with clinical faculty members who have extensive training in mentoring pre-service teachers and in differentiating curriculum and instruction.
  • Courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings to allow students to substitute-teach in local schools and “earn while they learn.”
  • Courses often combine M.A.T. and M.Ed. candidates, creating rich, collaborative learning environments where prospective and current teachers can share experiences and collaborate on curriculum design.
  • Virginia has reciprocity agreements with 47 other states. Candidates who earn their license in Virginia are eligible to teach almost anywhere in the United States!
  • Completion of the M.A.T. program offers graduates the benefits of a higher salary potential in most school districts throughout the country.
  • Additional add-on licensure endorsements in gifted and special education are available.

Licensure Programs

Elementary Education (PreK-6)

Prospective elementary teachers must major in liberal studies and complete the required education courses for the PreK-6 licensure.

Secondary Education (6-12)

Prospective secondary teachers must major in one of the following academic disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, English or history and social sciences, and complete the required education courses for secondary licensure. In addition, there may be teacher licensure requirements specific to each major.


Candidates for the PreK-12 licensure in studio art, dance, theatre arts, music (vocal-choral and instrumental), as well as Spanish, French and Latin, should consult the chair of the education program to obtain licensure requirements for their academic major.