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Bard College — Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Admissions Deadlines:


New York Campuses:

Priority Deadline: March 1, 2014

Final Deadline: April 30, 2014

Admissions Cycle:

Programs begin in the summer.

New York Campuses: May 29, 2014 – May 23, 2015

Program Start:
New York Campuses: May 29, 2014 (classes begin on June 2, 2014); California Campuses: TBA
Program Founded:
February, 2013


Application fee is waived for all Coverdell Fellow applicants. Fellows selected for the program will receive at least 30% tuition remission, a financial aid package amounting to $11,794.


One-year program                                                  $40,696**

Fellowship                                                                  $11,794

Tuition for Coverdell Fellows                                  $28,902

Two-year program (year one)***                         $20,352

Fellowship                                                                  $ 5,897

Tuition for year one for Coverdell Fellows                      $14,455

* tuition figures provided are based on 2013 rates

** tuition figures are based on a $646 per credit cost

*** The two-year program is only offered in the Hudson Valley

Institutional Fees:

Registration Fee: $100

Enrollment Deposit: $500

Facilities Fee: $150

Graduation Fee: $120

Health Insurance: TBA

On-Campus Housing: $790 per month

Other fees: New York State fees for required certification exams and workshops.


The Program responds to an urgent need for change in public education. The core of Bard’s MAT Program is an integrated curriculum leading to a master of arts in teaching degree and recommendation for New York State Initial Teacher Certification (grades 7–12) or California State Single Subject Credential in one of four areas: science (Biology), English/literature, mathematics, music, or History/social studies.

MAT students participate in year-long apprenticeships in public school classrooms throughout the school year. This residency model offers a singular opportunity to pursue graduate study while learning to teach in actual classrooms, thereby grounding theory in the work of teaching and learning. The MAT Program requires an equal amount of advanced study in the academic discipline and in education courses. The program’s instructionally innovative courses and apprenticeships provide many opportunities for students to practice the complex thinking that goes into effective teaching.


Program applicants must have a BA degree from an accredited institution in the liberal arts with a major (or the equivalent) in the discipline they intend to study at Bard. Students are accepted based on academic achievement (with a minimum GPA of 3.0), letters of reference, and professional goals.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Verifitcaion of Peace Corps Service

Applications submitted by the priority deadlines are processed in the initial priority cycle. Applications received after the priority deadlines are reviewed weekly, on a rolling basis, until the final application deadline or until cohorts are filled.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Cecilia Maple
Director of Admission

Master of Arts in Teaching Program
7401 South Broadway
Red Hook, New York 12571

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