Elementary Education K-6 with TSD Endorsement (MAT)

Elementary Education K-6 with TSD Endorsement (MAT)

Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education K-6 (Master’s and Initial Certification) w/ Subject Specialization in Grades 5-8 (Teacher of Students with Disabilities)

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Description:

The MAT program is a two phase Master’s degree program which includes an en-route teacher certification in Elementary Education K-6 with an endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities (K-6/TSD) (Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification). 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 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 36 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 with TSD degree program, which requires the completion of 61 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 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement (K-6 with TSD), Elementary Education with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 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)

Requirements to be completed prior to Student Teaching:

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

Program Requirements:

  • 61 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:
SPC 5550 Educational Foundations in a Diverse Society 3
SPC 5600: Understanding School-Based Assessment of Diverse Learners 3
SPC5620 Standards-Based Instructional Management 3
SPC 5640 Managing Challenging Behaviors in Diverse Settings 3
CIEE 5120: Reading Language Arts and Literature in Inclusive and Non-Inclusive Classrooms (meets in an area elementary school; contains 20 hours supervised field experience. You must be fingerprinted to participate in field experience.) 3
SPC 5660: Assistive Technology. in the Inclusive Classroom 3
SPC 5820: The Universally Designed Inclusive Classroom 3
SPEE 5700: Language, Literacy, and Learning in a Diverse Society 3
CIEE 5130: Math Methods Assessments K-6 2
CIEE 5170 Practicum & Seminar (contains one day each week field placement). MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 5140* (Apply in advance for practicum placement. You must have a 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 5190: Science Methods and Assessments K-6 2
SPC 5750: Practicum 1
SPC 5800: Collaboration with School, Home, and Community 2
EDUC 5140: Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Internship/Seminar for Dual Licensure K-6/TSD 10
Note: Field experiences (CIEE 5170, SPC 5750, 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
Upper Level Elective and Research for MAT (prerequisites: EDUC 5140) 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 (prerequisites: 9 credits upper level electives) 3
CMAT 6820 Research in Education II 3


All Phase II requirements must be completed within four years of Student Teaching or within six years of initial matriculation into Phase I/Post Baccalaureate Certification program.

Field experiences (CIEE 5170, SPC 5750, and EDUC 5400) MUST be applied for one year in advance.