MAT in Elementary Education Certification (K-6)

Program Advisor:
Dr. Julie Rosenthal
Phone: 973-720-3087
Office: Valley Rd Room V4106

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

Program Description:

The MAT K-6 is a 15 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.

~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

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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) (
  • Passing scores on all sections of the Praxis Test: Elementary Education Multiple Subjects (series 5001) (
  • 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.

Exit Requirements

  • Maintain B (3.0) or better GPA.
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • Complete and successfully upload an Elementary edTPA teacher candidate assessment (

*Applicants wishing to obtain an endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities may apply six credits of the MAT K-6 coursework to the TSD Endorsement Program requirements. 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.

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