Secondary Education K-12 (MAT)

Endorsement – Middle School Language Arts 5-8

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, 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.

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
  • Passing Score on the appropriate Praxis II exam(s)

Requirements to be completed prior to Student Teaching:

  • 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:

27 credits 

Pre-Practicum Coursework


CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications


CISE 5200 Educational Psychology & Classroom Management


CIRL 5220 Literacy & Technology Across the Curriculum


CIEE 5220 Inclusion, Second Language Learners and Differentiated Instruction


Practicum and Related Coursework


CIEE 5300 Secondary Education Practicum Internship (candidates must possess a substitute teaching license prior to practicum semester)


One of the following (depending on Subject Field):


CISE 5310 Social Studies Methods for Secondary Schools


CISE 5320 Mathematics Methods for Secondary Schools


CISE 5330 Creative Arts Methods in Secondary Schools


CISE 5340 English/Language Arts Methods in Secondary Schools


CISE 5350 Science Methods in Secondary Schools


CISE 5360 World Language Methods in Secondary Schools


Student Teaching Semester


EDUC 5400 Student Teaching Internship – 5 days per week


CISE 5500 Reckoning with the Past & Preparing for a Future in Education


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


Phase II: MAT Courses

15 credits

Graduate Level Elective in Content Area (Approved by advisor)


Graduate Level Elective (Approved by advisor)


Graduate Level Elective in Content Area (Approved by advisor)


CMAT 681 Research in Education I


CMAT 682 Research in Education II


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.