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Master of Arts in Teaching


Behind the scenes at the Museum — and immersed in an urban classroom.

Learn to teach Earth and space science in New York City through the Master of Arts in Teaching Urban Residency Program at the American Museum of Natural History; the first urban teacher residency program offered by a museum.

  • Full-time 15 month program with stipend
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring
  • Science coursework at a world-class museum
  • Learn to teach in a supportive nurturing environment
  • Work alongside scientists and urban teachers
  • Graduate with real-world teaching experience
  • Ongoing professional support following graduation

Share your passion for science and learning. Play your part in the intellectual, cultural, and social community of New York City. Start your new life inspiring the next generation with science. Change lives. Teach science.

The application portal for this year is now CLOSED. Join our mailing list for up-to-date information about our program. 

Learn more about the program...


MAT in the news

The New York Times profiles one of our current MAT candidates as she takes her students on an exploration of AMNH. Watch the video here!


Open Houses

Join us for an in-person Open House at AMNH to hear more about our program, speak with faculty and students, and get a tour of the program facilities. Open Houses will be held:

  • Saturday, November 1, 1:00 - 3:30pm
  • Saturday, December 6, 2:00 - 4:30pm
  • Sunday, January 11, 1:00 - 3:30pm
  • **NEW** Saturday, January 31, 2 - 4:30pm

Email to register for an Open House.

Informational Webinars

If you are not able to make it to NYC for an Open House, please join us for an online Informational Webinar with members of our faculty and administration. Webinars will be held:

  • Thursday, December 11, 6:00 - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 14, 5:00 - 6:00pm
  • **NEW** Wednesday, February 4th, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Email to register for an Informational Webinar.

Office Hours

If you would like to speak 1-on-1 with a member of our faculty to discuss the program or review your eligibility - either in person or by phone - please contact us at 212-313-7464, or click here to: Request an appointment

For updates about the program deadlines, requirements, Open Houses and Webinars, join our mailing list:

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Program Resources


Video: MAT Graduates Reflect on their Experiences


Video: The Foundation of the MAT Program


Special Thanks


The MAT program is supported in part by the New York State Education Department and by the National Science Foundation under Grant numbers DRL-1119444 and DUE-1340006.

The MAT program is supported in part by the New York State Education Department and by the National Science Foundation under Grant number DRL-1119444.

With deepest appreciation, the Museum acknowledges Kathryn W. Davis for her generous founding support of the Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAT) Program.

Additional support has been provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation.

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