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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 for grades 7-12 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 program with stipend
  • Start in June and graduate the following August
  • 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 for the class of 2021. The program begins on June 1, 2020.

Apply here

Learn more about the program.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are held on-site at the American Museum of Natural History. To sign up for an Information Session, please fill out this form at least 12 hours prior to the session. 

If you are not able to make it to NYC for an Information Session, you can watch videos of our previous sessions. 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 email to request an appointment.

Video: The Foundation of the MAT Program

New York Times profile of MAT resident

The New York Times profiled one of our MAT Residents taking her students on an exploration of the Museum.

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 National Science Foundation under Grant Number DUE-1852787 and the U.S. Department of Education under Grant Number U336S140026.