MAT or Post BA in Content Area

Coordinator: Dr. Emily Klein
Office: University Hall, Room 2123

Advisor: Susan Hagen
Office: University Hall, Room 2125
Phone: (973) 655-6908


Students with a baccalaureate degree and interest in teaching may pursue the Post-BA program for certification only OR the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) which simultaneously leads to certification AND Master's Degree. The content area program is open to students who wish to teach one of the following content areas in K-12 schools:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • French
  • Health Education
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Italian*
  • Latin*
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language

* Post BA Certification only

Montclair State University’s Teacher Education Program is one of the most highly-regarded teacher preparation programs in the country. It has been consistently recognized both nationally and regionally for its unique features, including its structure, partnerships, and curricular emphases. The program is considered a model for other colleges and universities and has continuously been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.

The Teacher Education Program’s professional course sequence and field experiences emphasize teaching for critical thinking and culturally responsive teaching. The professional component for both graduate students addresses four broad areas: 1) student development and learning, 2) the classroom and the school, 3) the curriculum, and 4) effective teaching skills.

 student teacher with student

Graduate Initial Teaching Certification Brochure
At Montclair State University, a student with a baccalaureate degree may pursue an initial New Jersey teaching certification, and a fully-certified teacher may obtain additional teaching field endorsements or advanced certification.

View Program Brochure - Graduate Initial Teaching Certification

For aspiring Science and Mathematics Teachers: To learn more about our Dual Certification MAT Program with a focus on Inclusive iSTEM Education (concentrations for Science and Mathematics teachers), please visit the iSTEM education page.

Criteria for Retention in Program:

Students who are accepted to the Program are evaluated periodically. They should review the Teacher Education Program Handbook to determine criteria used to determine eligibility for student teaching and the University's recommendation for certification. By 12 graduate credits in the program, all students must submit Praxis II entrance ticket or passing score(s) depending on the content area requirements. 


Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be recommended to the New Jersey Department of Education for a teaching certificate. Students interested in teaching elsewhere should seek information from the appropriate state authorities; requirements are generally similar.

As a condition of New Jersey's Beginning Teacher Induction Program, candidates who have completed undergraduate or post-baccalaureate teacher certification program must successfully complete one provisional year of teaching under a provisional certificate to be eligible for a permanent, standard New Jersey standard certificate. Candidates who already possess a New Jersey standard certificate and who are seeking an additional teaching endorsement are exempt. Persons recommended by the University for certification who have passed the appropriate Praxis examination, will receive a Certificate of Eligibility With Advanced Standing which authorizes the holder to seek and accept offers of employment in New Jersey schools and in other states. The certificate is valid for the lifetime of its holder.

Note: Certification requirements are subject to change (see Teacher Education).