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. 

The application cycle for this year has CLOSED. 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!


Information Sessions and Office Hours

No Information Sessions are currently planned. Join our mailing list for updates on future sessions.

If you are not able to make it to NYC for an Information Session, 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.