History

Established in 1908 as a two-year Normal School in response to the growing demand for professionally trained teachers, the New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair became Montclair State Teachers College in 1927, dedicated to the education of secondary school teachers through a four-year Bachelor of Arts program. Part-time, extension, and summer courses were added, and in 1932 Montclair State was authorized to offer the master’s degree. With its strong emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences, Montclair State in 1937 became the first state teachers college accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Responding to rapid enrollment growth in the late 1940s and 1950s with an expanded curriculum and faculty, the school became Montclair State College in 1958 and a comprehensive, multi-purpose institution in 1966. Based on the strengths of its academic programs and faculty and its commitment to excellence in instruction and research, Montclair State in 1994 became the first of the state colleges to become a university. The University has two approved doctoral programs: in Pedagogy (Ed.D) and Environmental Management (D.Env.M.).

Over several years, New Jersey expects to see an enormous increase in the number of students graduating from high school, and Montclair State intends to be ready to provide them with a college education. Already the second largest and fastest growing university in New Jersey, Montclair State expects to increase enrollment to at least 18,000 by 2008, and is involved in an ambitious construction program to accommodate these new students.  New facilities include housing, a fully mediated state-of-the-art classroom building, a 500-seat theater, a recreation center, and a children's center, which will house the current Psychoeducational Center and Child Care Center. A parking deck and 1950s-style diner were completed in 2002.

Montclair State offers the advantages of a large university -- a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs, and a diverse faculty and student
body -- combined with a small college's attention to students. Montclair State's outstanding faculty is committed to learning through creative teaching informed by scholarship and service. All programs foster critical thinking, understanding, and problem-solving, preparing students for lifelong learning.

With more than 250 majors, minors, and concentrations and the nation's only doctorate in pedagogy, Montclair State provides a comprehensive array of academic programs while remaining accessible and affordable. Through its six colleges and schools -- the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of the Arts, the School of Business, and the Graduate
School -- Montclair State prepares its students to lead productive and rewarding lives and to participate responsibly as citizens.

Montclair State provides a superb undergraduate program based in the arts and sciences and a rigorous but flexible master's program designed to provide the specific skills needed to apply knowledge to real-life situations. The Ed.D. in pedagogy is for educators who are committed to teaching excellence and educational renewal. With concentrations in mathematics education and philosophy for children, this doctoral program is the only one of its kind in the nation. The doctoral program in environmental management is designed to foster understanding of the structure and function of environmental systems and their management. It focuses on investigations of the mechanisms and interconnections found within and among components of environmental systems and associated human systems.

Montclair State University does not lose sight of the development and well-being of students. Innovations implemented to make student life less stressful and more enriching are the Academic Success Center, in which all counseling services are gathered under one roof; web-based registration; and Internet connections in all residence hall rooms. Students have differing academic needs and Montclair State offers a variety of programs to meet them. The Honors Program offers an intellectually challenging interdisciplinary curriculum for academically superior students, and agreements with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey provide combined B.S./M.D. or B.S./D.M.D. programs. Several educational opportunities are offered for disadvantaged students.

Recognizing that its graduates will be living and working in a global environment, the University provides many opportunities for travel abroad to study, perform, and conduct research. The Global Education Center helps arrange student and faculty exchanges, scholarly visits, conferences, and seminars that promote greater global awareness.

A new emphasis on science has been marked by a vast increase in the number of biology majors; the opening of Science Hall, Montclair State University's $18-million, state-of-the-art facility for biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and health careers; the establishment of the University's first endowed chair, the Herman and Margaret Sokol Chair in Chemistry; and the development of a unique, interdisciplinary doctoral program in environmental management.

The School of Business is one of a select few schools accredited by the AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier national accrediting agency for business schools. Only 681 schools of business worldwide are AACSB accredited.

In line with its origin as a Normal School for the training of teachers, Montclair State has become an internationally recognized institution for the improvement of education and is the headquarters of the New Jersey Network for Educational Renewal, a partnership with several urban schools and suburban districts. In addition, Montclair State University operates four Professional Development Schools in partnership with local education agencies and the Teacher Recruitment for Urban Schools of Tomorrow program to recruit and train math and science teachers for urban secondary schools. Montclair State also has teaching, research, and student and faculty exchange agreements with universities around the world.

A Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts, Montclair State combines outstanding campus facilities with proximity to New York City to offer an extraordinary range of opportunities for students to work with world-class musicians, artists, designers, craftsmen, filmmakers, dancers, actors, and broadcasters in programs that combines professional training with career entry. Indeeed, MSU is one of the few universities with accredidations in all four arts areas - Art and Design, Theatre, Dance and Music.

With a strong commitment to public service, Montclair State University offers a number of noncredit programs to varied constituencies. Each year, more than 1,200 academically gifted youngsters take part in advanced instructional programs offered on weekends and during the summer on campus, and close to 500 talented children receive instruction through the Preparatory Center for the Arts. The College of the Arts' School of Communication and Media has formed he New Jersey Commons and Center for Cooperative Media in partnership with numerous news agencies in the state in order to facilittate collaborative news story development and distribution. arts and Cultural Programming and The George Segal Gallery bring premiere performances and exhibitions to northern New Jersey. The Creative Research Center (CRC) has a blog and live panel presentations designed to inspire national and international dialog on the imagination and creativity across all disciplines. The WMSC-FM Radio Station schedules programming by local and state groups, the DuMont Television Center provides studio space and production services to a host of external groups, and Memorial Auditorium is leased for productions by community and professional groups. A 240-acre facility in Stokes State Forest that is one of the largest university-operated environmental education centers in the world, the School of Conservation provides two- to five-day programs for about 10,000 elementary and secondary school students from around the state. The Psychoeducational Center provides special services to children with learning, reading, speech, and other disabilities, and the campus Child Care Center offers day care for pre-school children of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Of special interest is the University’s Service Learning Program, in which students work with community groups throughout the area as part of their academic course work. It functions under the larger umbrella of the Center for Community Based Learning, a unit of the University that promotes cooperative education courses, provides volunteers for service in community agencies, and creates projects to address other specific town/gown initiatives.

From its founding in 1908, the history of Montclair State University has been one of change, growth, and distinction. Proud of its heritage and prepared to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century, Montclair State continues to be a major contributor to the cultural, economic, and educational life of the region.

Accreditations & Memberships

Montclair State University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education has granted accreditation for the preparation of elementary and secondary school teachers as well as administrative and school service personnel. Programs leading to certification are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education using the standards of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.

Other academic accreditations include: AACSB International-The International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in business, School of Business), American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Department of Human Ecology, College of Education and Human Services), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Humanities and Social Sciences), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (Department of Art and Design, College of the Arts), National Association of Schools of Dance (Department of Theatre and Dance, College of the Arts), National Association of Schools of Music (Department of Music, College of the Arts), National Association of Schools of Theatre (Department of Theatre and Dance, College of the Arts), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (Athletic Training, Department of Health Professions, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies, College of Education and Human Services). The undergraduate concentration in Professional Computing offered by the Department of Computer Science, of the College of Science and Mathematics is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB).

In addition, the Master of Education degree concentration in Early Childhood Special Education offered by the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education in the College of Education and Human Services has been approved as meeting the Council for Exceptional Children/National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Specialty Guidelines for special education. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Human Ecology, concentration in Food and Nutrition-Dietetics, and the Preprofessional Practice Program (AP4) offered by the Department of Human Ecology in the College of Education and Human Services have been approved by the American Dietetic Association. The Master of Arts degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders concentration in Speech-Language Pathology offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has been approved for the preparation of professional personnel in special education by the Council for Exceptional Children. The Paralegal Studies program with its undergraduate minor, post baccalaureta certificate and concentration in the Justice Studies major offered by the Department of Justice Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is approved by the American Bar Association. Programs offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Science and Mathematics have been approved by the American Chemical Society; and the undergraduate program in Music Therapy offered by the Department of Music in the College of the Arts has been approved by the National Association for Music Therapy.

Montclair State University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, National Network for Educational Renewal, New Jersey Association of Colleges and Universities, New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, North American Association of Summer Sessions, and Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, among others. Women graduates of Montclair State University are accepted for membership in the American Association of University Women.

Mission Statement

Approved in Public Session by the Montclair State Board of Trustees on 10/31/02. (Replaces Mission Statement approved on 5/13/81 and revised 4/27/94)

Montclair State University is committed to serving the educational needs of New Jersey with programs characterized by academic rigor and currency in the development of knowledge and its applications. The University will offer a comprehensive range of baccalaureate, master's and certificate programs and a focused portfolio of doctoral programs that are closely aligned with the University's academic strengths and the needs of the state.

The University will recruit faculty with exceptional academic or professional credentials and a deep commitment to the pursuit of their development as teachers and scholars. The University will admit to study with this faculty students who have demonstrated the potential for high achievement, diligence in the pursuit of their education, and high aspirations for using their education. The University will be inexorably committed to the maintenance of a learning community that is deeply and broadly reflective of the diverse population of New Jersey.

All University programs will develop in students the ability to discover, create, evaluate, apply, and share knowledge in a climate characterized by tolerance and opennesss in the exploration of ideas. Curricular and co-curricular programs will cultivate the ability to think critically, to act ethically, and to become informed citizen-participants prepared to assume leadership roles in a democracy. Recognizing the increasing connectedness of the world, the University will ensure that all students develop an understanding of global issues and of their responsibilities as citizens of the worls.

The University will serve as a center for the creation of new knowledge and for the development of innovative applications of existing knowledge and as a center for pedagogical and artistic excellence and creativity. The University seeks to focus the professional activities of its faculty and the educational endeavors of its students on the enduring disciplines that will continue to constitute the knowledge base of an educated citizenry in the 21st century, as well as on the more specific and changing areas of study that have particular relevance to the region served by the University.

The University will play a role beyond the campus community, partnering and collaborating at the local, state, national and international levels to make positive contributions to addressing issues of importance to society, to enable students to experience their ability to use knowledge in constructive ways in the world, and to share the rich array of intellectual and cultural resources of the University with the people of New Jersey.