Secondary Education K-12 (MAT)

Secondary Education K-12 (MAT)

Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12)

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Description:

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 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 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.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in the appropriate content area.
  • 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 exam academic skills for educators

Requirements to be completed prior to Student Teaching:

  • Pass appropriate Praxis II exam.
  • Fulfill health/hygiene requirement.
  • Pass speech and hearing assessments.

Program Requirements:

  • 43 credits of graduate study.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Become a member of content area Specialized Professional Association (SPA).
  • Performance portfolio with resume, lesson plans and unit plans, assessment and management techniques.
  • Satisfactory completion of a mandated assessment at the conclusion of student teaching.
  • Satisfactory completion of a master’s thesis.
MAT Secondary Education K-12
Phase I: 30 credits 
Foundational Coursework in Summer I
SMAT 5000: Knowing Your Adolescent Learner 6
SMAT 5100: The Art of Teaching in the 21st Century 6
Residency and Methods Coursework for Fall (Pre-req's: SMAT 5000, SMAT 5100)
SMAT 5600: Master of Art in Teaching Residency and Seminar I 3
One of the following:
SMAT 5300 Mathematics Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I 3
SMAT 5500 Science Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I 3
SMAT 5700 Social Studies Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I* 3
SMAT 5800 English/Language Arts Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I* 3
SMAT 5900 World Languages Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I* 3
SMAT 5400 Arts Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I* 3
Residency and Methods in Coursework for Spring
SMAT 5620 Master of Arts in Teaching Residency and Seminar II 3
SMAT 5320, 5520, 5720, 5920, 5420 content Pedagogy and Colloquium II 3
SMAT 5200 Knowing Your Profession I 3
MAT Coursework in Summer II
SMAT 5220 Knowing Your Profession II 3
Total Credits During Year-Long Residency 18
Total Program Credits 30

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 (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 at 973.720.3132 or 2109.