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.  Apply today!

Click here and select "MAT for Earth Science Grads" to join our mailing list.

Learn more about the program...


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 and Office Hours

Open Houses are held at the Museum in the Portrait Room (see directions below). RSVPs are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! To RSVP, please fill out our Google form.

Sunday, December 3, 2 - 4pm

Saturday, January 6, 2 - 4pm

**JUST ADDED** Saturday, January 27, 2 - 4pm

The Portrait Room is just off the main Rotunda - come up the front steps on Central Park West and 79th St. and enter the building. The entrance to the Portrait Room is just to the left of the front door. You will need to go through the security line, but tickets are not required to enter the Portrait Room. (Note: for those who need a more accessible entrance, please enter underneath the main museum steps through our Security Desk. The security officers can direct you to the Portrait Room.)

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

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 National Science Foundation under Grant Number DUE-1340006 and the U.S. Department of Education under Grant Number U336S140026.