Templeton’s MAT is classical in both its 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.

2021 Spring and Summer Course Offerings

Spring 2021 (online beginning the week of January 11)

  • Philosophy & Psychology of the Young Person - taught by Dr. Kevin Clark

Summer 2021 (in-person residency from June 13-July 16)

  • Difference and Human Dignity - taught by Dr. Amy Richards
  • Classical Pedagogy I - taught by Dr. Fred Putnam
  • Great Conversations III (The Beautiful) - taught by Greg Wolfe
  • Classical Pedagogy II - taught by Dr. Kathryn Smith

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