Bard College - Master of Arts in Teaching Program, New York

Why you should consider this program

Located in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley region, the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is a discipline-based graduate teacher education program leading to a master's degree and New York teacher certification in grades 7-12. The Program combines graduate coursework in the discipline with graduate coursework in education and student teaching placements in area partner schools. Degrees and certifications are offered in one of five subject areas: Biology, History/ Social Studies, literature/ English, Mathematics, or Spanish Language. The Program can be completed in one-year (full time) or two-years (part-time).

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 50,019 $ 15,000 $ 35,019
Out of state $ 50,019 $ 15,000 $ 35,019
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Coverdell Fellows can also be considered for additional scholarship aid from the program above this amount, but they are automatically guaranteed the $14,291.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 15,000

Application fee waived?



As part of the requirements for this program, all students complete two student teaching placements in area partner schools. Each student is placed with a mentor teacher in both a middle and high school classroom for a total of over 640 hours of in-classroom, supervised teaching experience.

Jobs for program alumni

90% of BardMAT graduates secure teaching jobs within the first months of graduating from the Program. 75% of BardMAT New York graduates go into teaching and stay in the profession. We have graduates teaching across the U.S. as well as internationally. BardMAT graduates teach in all types of school settings including public, private, tutoring, counseling, and community college to name a few. An active list of where all of our graduates are working can be found on our website at:

Other details

Program length

One year (full time) or two years (part-time). The program begins in June and runs through the following May.

Application requirements

Application form, personal statement, resume, official transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation.

Admissions process

Fellows check the box stating that they are applying as a Coverdell fellow. Application fee is waived for all Fellows prior to the application being submitted.

Program begins

Early June

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Cecilia Maple, Director for Admission and Student Affairs

Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504