PLEASE NOTE that the information below represents what we are seeking in a student, and does not represent the list of items required for application. Applicants must submit all application requirements, documents and credentials as outlined by The Graduate School for this program. It is important that all applicants visit the Graduate School site in advance of the application deadline to ensure that all required materials are submitted on time.
In selecting students for the MAT/Post BA program, Montclair State University uses criteria which are related to the kinds of knowledge, skills and dispositions we expect graduates of our program to possess. In making decisions on acceptance to the program, faculty consider such criteria as GPA, knowledge of content area of study, commitment to teaching and its varied responsibilities, and communication abilities, both written and oral. These criteria enable faculty to assess the likelihood that candidates will achieve the goals inherent in the "Portrait of a Teacher". ("The Portrait of a Teacher" is a model toward which students strive.)
Candidates for admission to the MAT/Post BA program must file an Application with the Graduate School, including all supporting materials. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 overall, along with qualifying scores on the Praxis I: Core Academic Skills Test (or equivalent exemption). A higher GPA in the teaching field may be required by some departments. In addition, two recommendations from school or college faculty, or administrators, must be submitted. It is also expected that students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language.
As part of the application process, a candidate's academic background in the content area he or she wishes to teach will be assessed by faculty from the academic department. Further undergraduate course work in that content area may be required, which would be in addition to the MAT/Post BA degree requirements. If required, these undergraduate courses may be taken concurrently with other program requirements, but must be completed prior to student teaching. As a general rule, MAT/Post BA candidates who are assessed to have strong academic backgrounds in the subjects they wish to teach may have little or no additional undergraduate course work to complete. (An example would be a candidate who possesses a degree in mathematics who wishes to teach mathematics.)
After submitting the application, candidates will be notified about the next step in the application process, which may include interviews (with an academic or pedagogical departmental faculty 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 MAT/Post BA program will be assigned to academic & pedagogical faculty advisors whom students should consult with each semester. Since students' backgrounds differ, they should not take courses without advisement.
General questions about the MAT program for Secondary Subject Area Certification should be directed to Ms. Charity Dacey, Director, Teacher Education Admissions, (973) 655-7976 or Ms. Susan Hagen, Department Administrator in Secondary and Special Education, (973) 655-6908.