Elementary Education K-6 (MAT)

Elementary Education K-6 (MAT)

Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education K-6 (Master’s and Initial Certification)

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling admissions

Program Description:

The MAT program is a two-phase master’s degree program that includes an en-route teacher certification in elementary education grades K-6 (post baccalaureate teacher certifications). This program enables college graduates holding a baccalaureate degree either with a major in a liberal arts or sciences discipline or with a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts to obtain teacher certification and a master of arts in teaching degree (MAT). The certification portion of the program constitutes phase I of the MAT degree program. During phase II, candidates complete an additional 15 credits (9 credits of upper-level electives and 6 credits of research culminating in a master’s thesis).

After the first 20 credits of coursework, candidates enroll in a 10-credit student teaching internship. The traditional internship requires a full semester of supervised teaching in a public school. Additional field placements include a part-time practicum and school-based observations.

The MAT in elementary education K-6 degree program, which requires the completion of 45 credits, encompasses the major elements of effective instruction, including a repertoire of effective teaching models, successful classroom management practices, strategies for providing differentiated learning experiences to accommodate student diversity, curriculum design and implementation, field experiences embedded into courses, research methods and thesis, and the student teaching internship.

Candidates for teacher certification are expected to demonstrate professional dispositions on campus and in school placements as described in the dispositions assessment process found online and distributed to students upon acceptance into the College of Education. Failure to demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions may result in removal from the College of Education.

This two-phase program requires all candidates to successfully pass ALL required Praxis II exams prior to student teaching. Upon successful completion of the student teaching internship, the candidate is eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in Elementary Education (K-6) and may seek employment as a teacher in New Jersey. The candidate then completes the final 15 credits for the MAT degree.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree with either a major in a liberal arts or science or with a minimum of 60 credits of liberal arts.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Two letters of recommendation from educational, professional, or business sources.
  • Essay that requires the candidate to describe his/her philosophy of education and reasons for wishing to complete the program.
  • Interview with the program director.
  • Praxis Core academic skills for educators
  • Passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam(s)
    Praxis II in Elementary Education Multiple subjects

Requirements to be completed prior to Student Teaching:

  • Take a course in child or developmental psychology (might be satisfied by undergraduate coursework.)
  • Fulfill health/hygiene requirement.
  • Pass speech and hearing assessments.

Program Requirements:

  • 45 credits of graduate study.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Satisfactory completion of a mandated assessment at the conclusion of student teaching.
  • Satisfactory completion of a master’s thesis.
MAT Elementary Education (K-6)
Phase I: Required Courses for Certification 30 credits
Pre-Practicum Coursework
CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications (Includes 20 hours unsupervised field observations) 3
CIEE 5160 Integrating Technology into the Curriculum 2
CIEE 5220 Inclusion, English Language Learners, and Differentiated Instruction 2
CIEE 5120 Reading, Language Arts and Literature in Inclusive Classrooms (Meets in an area elementary school; contains 20 hours supervised field experience. You must be fingerprinted to participate in field experience.) 3
Practicum and Related Coursework
CIEE 5170 Practicum and Seminar (contains one day each week field placement). MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 5140* (Apply in advance for practicum placement. You must have substitute teaching license to participate in field experience.) 1
CIEE 5140 Teaching Strategies in Social Studies and Global Issues *MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 5170 3
CIEE 5130 Mathematics Methods and Assessments for Teaching for K-6 2
CIEE 5190 Science Methods and Assessments for Teaching K-6 2
CIEE 5180 Art and Creativity Methods and Assessments K-6 2
Student Teaching Internship
(Prerequisites: CIEE 5170, CIEE 5140, CIEE 5130, CIEE 5150, CIEE 5180; take and pass the Praxis II in Elementary Content Knowledge)  
EDUC 5140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment+ (full-time Student Teaching plus Seminar. Apply in advance for Student Teaching internship.) 10
Note: Field experiences (CIEE 5170 and EDUC 5140) MUST be applied for one year in advance. Applications, which include biographical data forms, are available to download from the Office of Field Experiences web page at www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/field/applications.dot
Phase II: MAT Courses 15 credits
Graduate Level Elective (Approved by advisor) 3
Graduate Level Elective in Content Area (Approved by advisor) 3
Graduate Level Elective in Content Area (Approved by advisor) 3
CMAT 6810 Research in Education I 3
CMAT 6820 Research in Education II 3
* These courses must be taken concurrently.
* These courses require prior application through the Office of Field Experiences and must be taken in sequence. Applications must be submitted one year in advance. Apply every fall (by October 15) for placement the next Fall and every Spring (by March 15) for placement the next spring. For additional information please contact the Office of Field Experiences at973.720.3132 or 2109.