Dual Certification: M.A.T. Content Areas and Teacher of Students with Disabilities
Candidates for admission to the M.A.T. Dual Certification programs must file an application with The Graduate School, including all supporting materials to be considered for admission. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 overall in the teaching field is required. A higher GPA in the teaching field may be required by some departments. In addition official transcripts, two professional recommendations preferably from school or college faculty or administrators and the Portrait of a Teacher essay must be submitted. It is expected that students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language.
After the application deadline, candidates will be notified about the next step in the application process, which may include interviews (with a departmental Graduate Program Coordinator and/or admission committee), writing samples, and portfolio review or audition (the latter applies to art and music candidates).
Students who are accepted to the program will be assigned two Graduate Program Coordinators whom students should consult each semester. Since students' backgrounds differ, they should not take courses without advisement. The program requirements listed for these programs are generic and may differ in detail for individual students.
Criteria for Retention in Program
Students who are accepted to the Program are evaluated periodically. They should review the Teacher Education Handbook to determine criteria used to determine eligibility for student teaching. By New Jersey Department of Education regulation, teacher education students in most certification areas must pass the PRAXIS II exam prior to student teaching.