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Teacher Education Overview

Montclair State University provides students seeking teacher certification with a wide variety of program options, including bachelor’s and combined bachelor’s/master’s degrees. Our programs are designed so that students who seek to obtain a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification declare both a major and a certification area.

Bachelor’s Degree and Single Certification Programs

Students will select from one of the following certification areas.

Accepted Majors for Bachelor’s Degree and Single Certification Programs

Students will select a Major that corresponds with a Certification area.

  • Early Childhood (Preschool – Grade 3)
Accepted Majors Certification
Family Science and Human Development: Families, Children, & School Settings Early Childhood
Preschool – Grade 3
  • Elementary (Kindergarten – Grade 6)
Accepted Majors Certification
Anthropology Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Educational Foundations for Elementary Teachers Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
English Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
 Family Science and Human Development: Families, Children, & School Settings Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
History Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Humanities Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Mathematics Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Psychology Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Religious Studies Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Sociology Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Spanish Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
  • Secondary Education (Preschool – Grade 12)
Accepted Majors Certification
Visual Arts Art
Biology Biological Science
Chemistry Chemistry*
Dance Education Dance
Earth and Environmental Science Earth Science
English English
Linguistics English as a 2nd Language
French French
Physical Education Health and Physical Education
Italian Italian
Latin Latin
Mathematics Mathematics
Music Education Music
Physics Physics**
Physics Physical Science***
Geography Social Studies
History Social Studies
Political Science Social Studies
Psychology Social Studies
Sociology Social Studies
Spanish Spanish
Theatre Studies Theater

* Holders of Chemistry certification can teach Chemistry, Environmental Science, and General Science. Biochemistry majors must change major to Chemistry upon admission to the Teacher Education program for certification in Chemistry.
** Holders of Physics certification can teach Physics, Environmental Science, and General Science.
*** Holders of Physical Science certification can teach Physics, Chemistry, Physical, Environmental, General, Earth, and Space Science.

Combined Bachelor’s Master’s Degree with Dual Certification Program

Students interested in obtaining both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree may apply for the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program with Dual Certification. The Combined Bachelor’s/Masters’ Program enables students to obtain an initial certification and a secondary certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

Accepted Majors for Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

  • Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program with Dual Certification (P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)
Accepted Majors Certification
Family Science and Human Development: Families, Children, & School Settings P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Combined Bachelor’s Master’s Program with Dual Certification (K-6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)
Accepted Majors Certification
Anthropology Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
English Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Family Science and Human Development: Families, Children, & School Settings Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Humanities Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Mathematics Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Psychology Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Religious Studies Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
Sociology Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
 Spanish Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 6
  • Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program with Dual Certification (P-12 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)
Accepted Majors Certifications
Visual Arts Art + TSD
Biology Biological Science + TSD
Chemistry Chemistry* + TSD
Earth and Environmental Science Earth Science + TSD
English English + TSD
Linguistics English as a 2nd Language + TSD
French French + TSD
Physical Education Health and Physical Education + TSD
Mathematics Mathematics + TSD
Music Education Music + TSD
Physics Physics + TSD
Spanish Spanish + TSD

* Holders of Chemistry certification can teach Chemistry, Environmental Science, and General Science. Biochemistry majors must change major to Chemistry upon admission to the Teacher Education program for certification in Chemistry.

Questions about Teacher Education?

In accordance with CDC guidance, Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, and MSU President Cole’s campus announcement, during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, the Center of Pedagogy staff remain available virtually to assist students during the hours of 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday. Please email TEadmissions@montclair.edu with any questions and allow up to 24 hours for a response.