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Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education

Program Coordinator: Dr. Melissa Alexander
Office: University Hall, Room 4113
Phone: 973-655-4067

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Physical Education is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree and wish to obtain New Jersey initial certification in Physical Education (K-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 K-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 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.

Graduate Initial Teaching Certification (PDF)