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Information on English Teacher Education

Teacher Education in the English department offers students several paths to a career in teaching at elementary and secondary levels.  Training in English Education provides undergraduate and graduate students a balance of training in literary and writing studies, methods and theories of pedagogy, and classroom experience.  Students with undergraduate and graduate degrees go on to successful K-12 teaching careers throughout New Jersey.

Students must apply to Teacher Education programs at Montclair State University. A 3.25 GPA in the major is required for BA/MAT and Subject Area (P-12). A 3.0 GPA is required for Elementary Single Certification (K-6). However, students who have not yet been accepted should follow their intended program’s curriculum guide so as to be sure that they take the proper General Education and English courses they will need if they are accepted. The printable curriculum guides below outline the programs of study for various English Teacher Education degree and certification programs.

For more complete information, please visit the Teacher Education Program website, and see especially the links under “Teacher Education Program Links,” including “Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Information” and “Graduate Teacher Education Program Information.” These will help you to understand both the processes and timetables for applying to Teacher Education Programs.

All advisers can advise for how English majors meet the requirements of a B.A. with a certificate in Teacher Education. However, for advising specific to Teacher Education courses, please see advisers in the Center of Pedagogy. After students attend an orientation, they are eligible to make appointments with an Education Advisor. If you are interested in any of the dual degree (BA + MAT) programs, please write to

For program requirements and work plans, view the University Catalog and other links in the Student Resources section.

Teacher Education Handbook for 2017-18

Graduate/ Post-BA Programs:

For MAT in English please visit here.

Post-BA Certification (5-8) Language Arts:‌ College of Humanities and Social Sciences Elementary School Certification with Subject Matter Specialization Language Arts/Literacy in Grades 5-8 (Graduate)