MAT in Elementary Education

Montclair State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Education (K-6) is a nationally recognized program in the preparation of elementary education. This 39 credit program is  designed for individuals who are deeply committed to constructing developmentally appropriate practices for children in an elementary school setting. This graduate program will lead to a master’s degree as well as an initial certification to teach K-6.

Students who apply to this program must hold a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field. complete admission application, meet the admission requirements and submit a passing score on the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills test equivalent. PRAXIS information can be found on the website for Educational Testing Service: Additionally, applicants must provide evidence of substantial and meaningful experience with groups of children, including children with special needs.

Admission Information

All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.

Additional Student Responsibilities:

  • Passing score on PRAXIS II – Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (test code 5031 for tests completed between 9/1/2012 and 8/31, 2014. As of September 1, 2014, the test code will be 5001.
  • Students are responsible for seeking advisement from their academic advisor for registration and completion of degree requirements.
  • Students are responsible for completing the Physiology and Hygiene requirement and Speech requirement for state certification.
  • If a K-6 Teaching candidate intends to seek a Middle School Content Area Specialist endorsement in addition to the standard K-6 Certification, she or he must also complete Child Development II, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.
  • All MAT students must register to take the Comprehensive Exam during the Clinical I semester. The exam is administered once in the spring and fall semesters. Registration for the fall exam is due October 1 and February 15 for the spring exam. Registration forms and information on the Comprehensive Exam may be found on the department website.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with all policies designated in the Graduate Catalog and the current Center of Pedagogy Teacher Education Handbook.
  • Students are required to apply to the Center of Pedagogy for Clinical I placement the semester before placement begins. The deadline is March 1 for fall placement and October 1 for spring placement.
  • In order to complete the program, students must file the proper audit forms in the Registrar’s Office by October 1 for May graduation, March 1 for August graduation, and June 1 for January graduation.
  • Any variation from this work program must be approved by The Graduate School through the proper filing of a substitution form.