If I successfully complete RISD's MAT program will this qualify me to teach in public schools across the nation?
A good and very important question. RISD’s MAT program is a Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved teacher preparation program and, as a result of the Interstate Compact, has reciprocity in at least 44 other states. It is, however, important for applicants to understand that while RISD awards the MAT degree and recommends its graduates for certification or licensure, the award of teacher certification is determined by individual states — each of which has its own specific requirements. So, in addition to a candidate having successfully completed an approved teacher preparation program such as ours, candidates must pass any test(s) of teacher knowledge designated by a specific state. An essential feature of RISD’s program is the involvement of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design faculty throughout all stages of your future job search. The faculty takes particular pride in this relationship, which has led to an extremely high placement rate for our graduates.