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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. 

Our application portal is now open! Apply now for the MAT class of 2020.

To join our mailing list, click here and select "MAT for Earth Science Grads."

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!


Information Sessions

Saturday Information Sessions (includes tour)

  • December 8, 2018, 2 - 4pm
  • January 5, 2019, 2 - 4pm

Thursday Information Sessions (no tour)

  • January 10, 5:30 - 6:30pm
  • January 24, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Information sessions are held on-site at the American Museum of Natural History. To sign up for an Information Session, please fill out this Google 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 click here to: Request an appointment

Video: The Foundation of the MAT Program

Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the Museum

Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the Museum


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.