Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Program Coordinator: Ms. Susan Hagen
Candidates for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching 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 3.0 overall in the teaching field is required. A higher GPA in the teaching field may be required by some departments. In addition, transcripts, two professional recommendations from school or college faculty or administrators and the Portrait of a Teacher essay must be submitted. All applicants for the Fall 2015 term and beyond are required to complete the PRAXIS Ι: Core Academic Skills for Educators exams in Reading, Writing and Math as part of the application for admission.
After submission of the application, candidates will be notified about the next step in the review 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.
Please note that we look at a variety of factors when determining admission to the Teacher Education Program and we choose candidates who demonstrate the best potential in all areas. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.