Classical in goals and methods

Through Socratic seminars and the Great Books of Western Civilization, students explore questions of philosophy, history, and pedagogy with the aim of forming teachers who are not just knowledgeable about their discipline and skilled practitioners, but virtuous men and women who love to learn.

Designed for working teachers, the majority of MAT courses take place during two 5-week summer residencies in St. Davids, PA. Other courses are taught online.

2022 Summer Course Offerings

Summer 2022 (in-person residency from June 12th-July 15th)

Session 1: June 12th – 28th

  • Classical Pedagogy I - taught by Dr. Fred Putnam
  • Difference and Human Dignity - taught by Dr. Amy Richards
  • Classical Pedagogy II - taught by Brian Williams with guests Joshua Gibbs, Robin Burlew, and Andrew Smith from Veritas Classical School in Richmond, VA
  • Classical Education and the Black Intellectual Tradition - taught by Dr. Angel Parham

Session 2: June 30th – July 15th

  • History of Modern Education - taught by Dr. Fred Putnam
  • Reading and the Formation of the Soul - taught by Dr. Kathryn Smith
  • Great Conversations I: The True - taught by Dr. Phillip Cary

MAT Course Descriptions

“The MAT program has kept the idealist in me alive. Every educator feels trapped by some great issue in the American educational system today. The MAT program has helped me carefully examine the history of these issues and their philosophical underpinnings. With the Great Tradition as our guide, we teachers are able to come together to read great works that reinvigorate our tired imaginations. I am more hopeful teacher because of the rich conversations I have had with my classmates and professors.”

Frank Chilbert, Mainline Classical Academy - Bryn Mawr, PA