12 months
370 USD/credit 11100 USD/year
370 USD/credit 11100 USD/year
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Men and women with bachelor degrees from Sweet Briar or other institutions who enroll full-time in the Teaching program from Sweet Briar College may obtain their M.A.T. and teacher licensure (for one of 3 tracks listed below), in one to two years, depending on previous coursework.


Teaching is challenging, rewarding and important work. As ever, our schools need good teachers — determined, confident teachers who respond to the needs of all students. Today’s classrooms include increasingly diverse learners, and the education program at Sweet Briar prepares graduates to effectively teach all students who enter their classrooms. Through a combination of rigorous and engaging coursework, individualized mentoring from the program faculty and extensive field experiences, you will graduate a highly qualified professional who will make a difference in the lives of children.

What is distinctive about studying education at Sweet Briar?

Beginning with the first education class, candidates will be immersed in the classroom environment through clinical experiences in local schools. Preservice teachers spend multiple hours per course in the classroom observing, working with teachers and students, and teaching their own lessons. Based on their goals, the education program matches candidates with teachers who are professional, helpful and focused on differentiated instruction. While establishing relationships with students and teachers, candidates create lesson plans and daily reflections, learn about school policies and gain professional experience.

  • The Teaching program from Sweet Briar College also offers an add-on endorsement opportunity in special education (general curriculum K-12). The special education endorsement provides hands-on field experiences working with students with special needs in both inclusive and self-contained classrooms.
  • M.A.T. students are paired with faculty members who have extensive training in mentoring preservice teachers and in differentiated curriculum and instruction.
  • During the M.A.T. year, courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings to allow students to substitute-teach in local schools and “earn while they learn.”
  • Virginia has reciprocity agreements with 47 other states, so candidates can earn their license in Virginia and be eligible to teach almost anywhere in the United States.
  • Completion of the M.A.T. program means higher salary potential in most school districts throughout the country.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching, Learning and Human Development
  • Preparing for Praxis Core Math and the VCLA
  • Culturally Responsive and Restorative Practices
  • Teaching Exceptional Learners
  • Designing Curriculum for Assessment and Differentiated Instruction
  • Directed Study
  • Adapting for Diverse Learners in General Education K-12
  • Classroom Management: Techniques and Interventions K-12

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application (see below)
  • A cover letter
  • A current résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All college transcripts (with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 and a GPA of at least 3.0 for any EDUC courses)
Passing scores on the following examinations:
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5733)
  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 370 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    11100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 370 USD per credit during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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