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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 the New York City area 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. The program is housed within the Richard Gilder Graduate School.

  • 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 the New York City area. Start your new life inspiring the next generation with science. Change lives. Teach science.

We are now accepting applications - visit Application and Eligibility to learn more.

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MAT in the news

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


Open Houses

  • Saturday, November 7 from 2 - 4pm
  • Sunday, December 6 from 2 - 4pm
  • Sunday January 10 from 2 - 4pm

Email for information about attending an Open House.

Informational Webinar

  • Tuesday, November 17th from 6 - 7:30pm (ET)
  • January TBD

Email for information about attending a webinar.

Office Hours

If you are not able to make it to NYC for an Open House, or if you would like to speak one-on-one 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

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Program Resources


Video: MAT Graduates Reflect on their Experiences


Video: The Foundation of the MAT Program


Special Thanks

With deepest appreciation, the Museum acknowledges Kathryn W. Davis for her generous founding support of the Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAT) Program. Leadership support for the MAT program is provided by The Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund.

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, and the U.S. Department of Education under Grant Number U336S140026.

Additional support has been provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation.

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Phone: 212-769-5100

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