Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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 is designed to build upon a sound undergraduate academic foundation, as well as the student’s other educational and work-related experiences, to provide an efficient path to state teacher licensure. 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 M.A.T. requires completion of thirty-six (36) credits of which twenty-two (22) meet the eligibility requirements for New Jersey teacher certification and fourteen (14) are a combination of required and elective courses. State-approved certification programs are available in the following areas:

  • Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
  • Preschool Grade 3 (P-3)
  • Middle School Endorsement (Grades 5-8)
  • Secondary Education (Grades K-12)
  • English as a Second Language (Grades K-12) (Standard ESL certification requires completion of all courses on the ESL check sheet except the Final Project and an approved elective.)
Apply for the University Provost's Scholarship and receive $300 per credit for the full program:
Admission Requirements:
  1.  Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 sacale).
  2.  A passing score on all three sections of the Praxis I Core Battery. The chart below details the test code numbers and passing scores set by the NJ Dept. of Education as of Dec. 2014

    Test Section Name                                                 

      Code Number    Minimum Passing Score
    Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics            5732                 150
    Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading            5712                 156
    Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing            5722                 162
  3. Passing score on the Praxis II test in the area of teaching responsibility. Students may be admitted provisionally and take up to 9 credits before they pass the Praxis I Core Battery and Praxis II test

  4. Two letters of recommendation

Additional certifications are available once you have completed your initial requirements. (Because New Jersey Department of Education requirements can change, go to for current requirements.)