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


Above: Clark education faculty, practitioners from local partner schools and M.A.T. students weigh in on the benefits of Clark's M.A.T. program.

Run by the Adam Institute, the M.A.T. program is a uniquely designed, nationally recognized, one-year program for those who want to bring their hearts and minds to the challenging, rewarding, and life-changing work of urban teaching.

The program is practice-intensive, with a yearlong teaching internship. It is collaborative, as students are placed in teams in partner schools in an urban neighborhood. It is embedded in a community of support which dynamically integrates the expertise of faculty, teachers, and principals.

Overall, the program is dedicated to the development of beginning teachers capable of engaging and educating historically underserved and underrepresented students and preparing them for college, thus contributing to the transformation of their lives, their neighborhoods, and our communities.

The Program

The program is a structured blend of foundational knowledge and reflective classroom practice. It begins in late May and concludes the following May. During the full-year teaching internship in one of our partner schools, courses and teaching experiences integrate so that students learn about and from practice in a steady progression. Courses include:

  • Curriculum-and-knowing summer institutes in core disciplines (history, humanities, mathematics, sciences, visual arts), co-taught by faculty and partner school teachers, and emphasizing curricula and pedagogy which engage K-12 students as active and powerful knowers and knowledge producers.
  • A summer course for middle and high school teachers which blends work in summer academies for neighborhood youth and workshops on teaching practices which support powerful learning.
  • Courses on literacy development and English language learning.
  • An integrative yearlong series of teaching and learning seminars which guide the understanding and development of practice and the teaching portfolio, and which include "teacher rounds," a collaborative, classroom-based learning practice.

Teacher licensure

The program qualifies students for teacher licensure in Massachusetts and most other states in elementary teaching (grades 1-6) of biology, chemistry, english (language arts and literature), foreign language (Spanish and French), general science, history, mathematics, physics, and visual art at the middle- and high-school levels. Learn more about teacher licensure in Massachusetts

The Community of Practice and Support

One of the defining features of the M.A.T. program—one that makes a great difference in the first year of teaching—are our highly-involved communities of practice and support. Students in the M.A.T. program are supported by a community of scholars, school leaders, and teachers from six partner schools (three elementary and three secondary) in Worcester's Main South neighborhood, the urban neighborhood surrounding the university. Scholars in teacher education, the learning sciences, literacy and other fields join together with dedicated partner school principals, teachers and teacher-leaders to support M.A.T. students in their development as capable beginning teachers.


Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for successful applicants. Prospective teachers in math and science and from groups underrepresented in teaching are especially encouraged to apply.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all required courses, demonstrate teaching competence, and produce and present a culminating electronic teaching portfolio that illustrates the development of their teaching practice, the growth of their students as learners, and their ability to reflect on, inquire into, and learn from practice, their own and others.

Recognition and Testimonials

Visit recognition and testimonials to learn what graduates and professionals have said about the M.A.T. program. To see additional international and national recognition of the Adam Institute's partnership and teacher education model, go to the Adam Institute recognition page.