Peter Sammartino School of Education, part of University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies offers undergraduate QUEST program, M.A. in Education for Certifed Teachers, M.A. in Learning Disabilities, M.A. in Teaching, M.A. in Educational Leadership and many Graduate Certificate Programs.
The QUEST Program has received widespread recognition for its five-year combined degree design. This unique program provides students the opportunity to pursue professional studies for teacher preparation leading to state teacher licensure while earning a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts or science major and a Master's of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a graduate program in teacher preparation for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts or sciences and a desire to enter the teaching profession. This program provides an efficient path to New Jersey State teacher licensure. It is designed to build upon a sound undergraduate academic foundation, as well as the student's other educational & work related experiences. The program is rigorous in its curriculum and expectations, yet flexible in its scheduling to meet the needs of the graduate student who typically must balance formal coursework with other demands.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education for Certified Teachers is a 36-credit program that allows teachers to pursue specializations while attaining their master's degrees. Each program is unique in that teachers can graduate with an 18-credit certification in their area of specialization and a 12-credit New Jersey Supervisor License. The M.A. in Education for Certified Teachers is offered under the auspices of the Peter Sammartino School of Education, University College: Arts . Sciences . Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ, and some courses may be at the Metropolitan Campus; the College at Florham, Madison, NJ; selected off-site locations; and selected community colleges. Cohort groups may be established in school districts with sufficient enrollment and are open to teachers in local districts.
The Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities - Teacher of Student with Disabilities is a 38 credit, graduate level program designed for individual who possess a Standard Teaching Certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in a general education instructional area(s). Individuals completing this program obtain the New Jersey Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification, while pursuing a Master of Arts Degree. Program Completers are certified to teach students with disabilities in general education classroms and/or resourse centers/special class programs in the subject area(s) for which they earned their general education certification(s).
The Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities - Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant is a 38 credit, graduate level program designed for individuals who possess a standard teaching certificate or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing and will have at least 3 years of teaching experience prior to completing the program. Individuals completing this program obtain the New Jersey endorsement as learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant and are prepared to serve in this capacity in local school districts as a member of the child study team or in private practice.
The Non-Degree certification Program- Teacher of Student with Disabilities is for licensed regular classroom teachers who seek to develop expertise in working with exceptional students in grades K-12. Teachers who successfully complete this 21-credit program will be eligible for certifications as Teacher of Students with Disabilities, the license required by the state of New Jersey's Department of Education for teaching children with disabilities in settings such as inclusive classrooms, resource centers, and special class programs.
The Non-Degree Certification Program - Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant is a 30 credit, graduate level program designed for individuals who possess a standard teaching certificate or Certificate of Eligibility with Advances Standing and will have at least 3 years of teaching experience prior to completing the program. Individuals completing this program obtain the New Jersey endorsement as Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant and are prepared to serve in this capacity in local school districts as a member of the child study team or in private practice.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide our students with the content knowledge, skills and competencies requisite to becoming competent and caring educational leaders. In addition to the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, the program qualifies our students for the New Jersey State Supervisor of Instruction Certificate and/or New Jersey State Principal Certificate. The program's design and curriculum are based on the demands facing today’s schools and leaders with a focus on developing a vision of a school as a community of learners. To accomplish these goals, student learning focuses on small group interaction, simulation and problem-based learning activities. During the second year of the program, candidates will be able to apply the educational theory learned in formal coursework through an intensive full-year, 300 hour field experience.
The Masters in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) program is especially designed for teachers of English as a foreign language and for certified teachers of World Languages, English or ESL who desire to expand their knowledge of methodology and incorporate the latest research findings in their teaching, to study in depth how languages, in particular American English, are influenced by the culture and vice-versa, to develop the ability of predicting basic beliefs and behaviors through linguistic analysis of major documents, to master the knowledge and skills needed to integrate technology in language teaching.
Fairleigh Dickinson University offers a variety of programs which train teachers in the use of the Orton Gillingham approach, an explicit, direct, multisensory structured, phonetic approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. The Language Tool Kit is the specific approach presented. Extensive and supervised practicum are an essential component of each program. Of the various remedial methods in use for teaching students with dyslexia, the Orton-Gillingham approach is the most effective. This structured, phonic, rule-based, multisensory approach to teaching reading, spelling and handwriting is considered one of the most valuable methods available for use with these students.