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Great teachers are great students: they love working with words and numbers, microscopes and paintbrushes. For them, teaching is the attempt to inspire the same kind of curiosity, to help their students discover the power to pursue a passion of their own. The education of great teachers cannot be dry or boring; it must be every bit as challenging and exciting as an historian's or a mathematician's or a novelist's. These are the principles that inform Bennington's Center for Creative Teaching (CCT), which offers both a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching (BA/MAT) program.

The CCT also works closely with the College’s innovative, community-based Quantum Leap program for at-risk elementary, middle, and high school students.