professor and student

Master of Arts in Teaching Certification in Health and Physical Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Health and Physical Education is designed for
students who have a baccalaureate degree and wish to obtain New Jersey initial
certification in Health and Physical Education (P-12) and a master’s degree simultaneously.
The MAT offers students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and the skills needed to
effectively teach Physical Education in P-12 schools.

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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator
Preparation (CAEP), formerly 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:

  • student development and learning,
  • the classroom and the school,
  • the curriculum, and
  • effective teaching skills