Transformational Teaching in Middle and High Schools (MAT)

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Program Description

This Master of Arts in Teaching program in Transformational Teaching in Middle and High School prepares teachers of secondary education, and leads to eligibility for initial certification in teaching English, math, science, history/social studies for grades 7-12 with extensions for grades 5 and 6, and special education in urban settings serving diverse student populations. A second option is offered for those interested in special education to also seek dual certification in computer science, all grades
The curriculum, which can be completed in one year of full-time study, focuses on preparing teachers who can create experiences in their classrooms that transform how teenagers engage with and care about their own learning, and adopts an holistic approach to education seeking to explore innovations in research and teaching and how new ideas inside and outside of the classroom can transform the education of young people.

This program represents a reconceptualization of teacher preparation for the 21st century, following NYU’s vision for academic excellence and innovative practices. It aligns with current research on best practices in teacher preparation by engaging candidates in examining problems of practice and identifying ways to address those problems.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.