Secondary Education K-12 (MAT)
Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12)
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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, English, World Language: (French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese), 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.
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.
- 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.
|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.|