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.

PreK-12

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.