At A Glance

Graduation photo of Cohort Three students and senior faculty from the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program

The MAT program enrolls approximately 15 students per year.

We have a 89% graduation rate.

Graduates from the MAT program have a 100% success rate in receiving their NY State certification. All MAT graduates receive an Initial Certification in teaching Earth Science Grades 7 – 12.

To-date, we have had 78 graduates of the MAT program. Of our alumni actively seeking employment, 100% received an offer of employment upon graduation.

Our Graduates are teaching about 8,400 students in NY State during the 2017-2018 school year. Of our 70 Alumni currently teaching in NY State:

  • 68 Teach in High Schools
  • 12 Teach in Middle Schools

Our graduates are teaching across New York state. 46% are working in high-need schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx, districts which serve some of the most economically disadvantaged students in New York City. 20% of graduates are working in schools outside of New York City.

Program graduates also go on to positions of leadership within their schools (Science Chairs, Science Coordinators) and to participate in prestigious professional development programs for educators such as Math for America and the Teacher/Leader Quality Partnerships (TLQP) Program.

Program Demographics 2012 - 2017

Of the 86 students who joined our program from 2012 - 2017:

Of matriculated students, 56% have been women and 44% have been men.

We have had 25 minority students, including African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and students who reported as two or more races.

Many of our students and alumni come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds including:

  • 52 Recent Graduates 
  • 30 Career Changers or Veterans 
  • 24 Already have an MA or PhD

Half of our students have come from NY state while the other half have come from 17 other states.

Note: we only accept students who are US citizens or legal residents.

The program was Nationally Recognized by the National Science Teachers Association in 2018. We are currently seeking accreditation through Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program of the Richard Gilder Graduate School at AMNH is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 11 - 13, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

*In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
*A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
*Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.