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The M.A.T. program is a two phase Master’s degree program which includes an en-route teacher certification in Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12) (Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification). This program enables college graduates holding a baccalaureate degree in a Subject Field Area such as Art, Science (biology, chemistry, earth science), English, World Language: (French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese), Mathematics, Music, or Social Studies, to obtain teacher certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.). The K-12 subject field certification requires a content appropriate major. The certification portion of the program constitutes Phase I of the M.A.T. 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 15 credits of coursework, candidates enroll in a 10-credit student teaching internship and a 2-credit seminar. 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 M.A.T. in Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12) degree program, which requires the completion of 43, 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 a Secondary Subject Field (K-12) and may seek employment as a teacher in New Jersey. The candidate then completes the final 15 credits for the M.A.T. degree.
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
|Certificate: Initial Certification in Secondary Education (K-12) Subject Field||27 credits|
|CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological theories and Applications||3|
|CISE 5200 Educational Psychology and Classroom Management||3|
|CIRL 5220 Literacy & Technology Across the Curriculum||3|
|CIEE 5220 Inclusion, Second Language Learners and Differentiated Instruction||2|
|CIEE 5300 Secondary Education Practicum Internship (candidates must possess a substitute teaching license prior to practicum semester)||1|
|Choose one of the following (depending on Subject Field):|
|CISE 5310 Social Studies Methods for Secondary Schools||3|
|CISE 5320 Mathematics Methods for Secondary Schools||3|
|CISE 5330 Creative Arts Methods in Secondary Schools||3|
|CISE 5340 English/Language Arts Methods in Secondary Schools||3|
|CISE 5350 Science Methods in Secondary Schools||3|
|CISE 5360 World Language Methods in Secondary Schools||3|
|EDUC 5400 Student Teaching Internship - 5 days per week||10|
|CISE 5500 Reckoning with the Past and Preparing for a Future in Education||2|
|Note: Field experiences (CISE 5300 and EDUC 5400) 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|