Peter Sammartino School of Education, part of University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies offers 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 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 (M.A.) in Learning Disabilities is for licensed teachers with experience in special education settings who wish to develop skills for diagnosing learning difficulties and planning instructional programs for pupils from preschool through grades 12. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible for certification as Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC), the certification required by the state of New Jersey's Department of Education for serving in the LDTC capacity on a Child Study Team. Teachers who successfully complete the master’s program will be eligible for certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities, the license required by the state of New Jersey for teaching pupils with learning disabilities in inclusive classrooms such as resource centers, or self-contained classrooms.
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 Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) degree is designed for (a) international students who want to teach English outside of the United States; and (b) domestic students (i.e., US citizens and legal residents) who desire a masters degree to teach English as a second language but do not wish to pursue New Jersey K-12 teacher certification.
The Master of Arts in Mathematical Foundations program is designed to prepare "Highly-Qualified" Elementary, Middle School and Special Education Mathematics Teachers. It is not an appropriate program for teachers who hold an undergraduate degree in mathematics.
The Master of Arts in Science program is designed to prepare "Highly-Qualified" Elementary, Middle School and Special Education Science Teachers. Teachers interested in updating and advancing their knowledge - or who must complete an advanced degree or graduate courses - will find this program ideal for their needs. Candidates can hold a baccalaureate degree in any area of study. Secondary school science teachers with an undergraduate degree in science wishing to broaden their professional skills and career options also may find the program attractive.
Because New Jersey Department of Education requirements can change, go to http://www.state.nj.us/education for current requirements. The School of Education is not responsible for changes in New Jersey licensure codes.