Master's of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education Certification (K-6)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT K-6) in Elementary Education

The MAT K-6 is a 14 month, 33-credit full time program which results in New Jersey Certification in Elementary Education K-6 as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree.*  Teacher candidates participate in a year-long residency (3-4 days per week) in a public elementary school. 


Program Director: Dr. Julie Rosenthal
Email: rosenthalj@wpunj.edu 
Phone: 973-720-3087
Office: V4106


~Applicants to the MAT K-6 program must apply for a Substitute Teaching License immediately.  A Substitute Teaching License will be needed for participation in clinical practice.  See http://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/field/substitute-license.html

Entry Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Completion of an appropriate academic major in liberal arts or science or a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts
  • Undergraduate minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0
  • Passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (series 5751) (https://www.ets.org/praxis/nj/requirements)
  • Passing scores on all sections of the Praxis Test: Elementary Education Multiple Subjects (series 5001) (https://www.ets.org/praxis/nj/requirements)
  • Two letters of recommendation from educational, professional or business sources.
  • An essay that requires the candidate to describe her/his reasons for wishing to complete the program.
  • An interview with the Program Director.

Additional State Requirements Prior to Program Completion

  • A course in developmental or child psychology.
  • Completion of physiology and hygiene requirement.

 

Foundational Coursework in First Summer

Credits

CMAT 5100 Educational Perspectives and Practices in Inclusive Environments* (25 hours clinical experience required)

3

CMAT 5070 Language Development and Literacy Acquisition for Diverse Learners* (25 hours clinical experience required)

3

CMAT 5310 Introduction to Educational Technology and Assessment in K-6 Classrooms

3

Total Credits Semester One/Summer

9

Residency and Methods Coursework for Fall (Pre-reqs: CMAT 5100, 5070, 5310)

Credits

CMAT 5320 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom

3

CMAT 5330 Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms: Methods and Assessments for Teaching  K-6

3

CMAT 6220 Cross Cultural Perspectives on Teaching, Schools and Communities

3

EDUC 5170 Clinical Practice 1 and Seminar (3 days/ week)+

3

Total Credits Semester II/Fall

12

Residency and Methods Coursework for Spring

 

CMAT 5290 Science Inquiry and Arts Integration

3

CMAT 5340 Social Studies Methods and Assessments with Arts Integration

3

EDUC 5250 Clinical Practice 2  and Seminar (4 days/week)+

3

Total Credits Semester III/Spring

9

MAT Capstone Second Summer I

 

CMAT 6830 Action Research in Clinical Settings

3

Total Program Credits

33

Exit Requirements

  • Maintain B (3.0) or better GPA.
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • Complete and successfully upload an Elementary edTPA teacher candidate assessment (http://www.edtpa.com/).

*Applicants wishing to obtain an endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities may apply six credits of the MAT K-6 coursework (CMAT 5100 and CMAT 5070) to the TSD Endorsement Program requirements (http://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/sped/g_toswdend.html).  These credits can NOT be applied to the M.Ed. in Teacher of Students with Disabilities. 

+The clinical experience residency requires prior application through the Office of Field Experiences.  Clinical experience applications must be submitted as soon as applicants are admitted into the program. Failure to submit an application for the clinical experiences will result in a delay in program completion. For additional information please contact the Office of Field Experiences 973-720-3132  or 973-720-2109.