M.A.T. FAQ's


What if I am interested only in the 22-credit NJ Teacher Certification Program and not the 36-credit M.A.T. degree?
You may take only the 22-credit certification program in your area of teaching. If you choose to pursue the M.A.T. degree in the future, the 22 credits earned through the certification program will apply toward the M.A.T. degree.
What options exist to complete the state certification requirements?
Students may choose from two field-based M.A.T models - the Practicum Model and Apprenticeship Model. Each is designed to enable a student to meet state eligibility requirements for teacher certification in elementary or secondary education. Students may complete eligibility requirements for certification with either program option without completing the M.A.T. degree.
A. The Apprenticeship Teaching Model
Students take four required courses for certification followed by two (2) field experiences in which they spend 30 hours each in school settings observing and exploring teaching strategies. Field experiences are followed by Apprenticeship Teaching (with an Apprenticeship Teaching Seminar), a full-time 15-week student teaching experience over the course of one semester.

Successful completion of these 22 credits and a passing score on the state required Praxis Test leads to a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in elementary or secondary education. After one full year of successful teaching (induction year), New Jersey Teacher Certification is granted.  Students may go on to earn the M.A.T. degree (total 36 credits) by completing an additional 14 credits.
B. The Practicum Model
Students take a practicum, which is a six-week to eight-week accelerated and concentrated graduate student teaching experience. Completion of the practicum and a passing score on the state-required Praxis Test leads to a certificate of eligibility to teach at the elementary or secondary levels. The practicum model at the elementary level is limited to those individuals who have teaching experience in public/parochial school settings. The usual 20-day probationary period is substituted in this program.

Candidates must then obtain a paid position for the equivalent of one full year (induction year), complete additional courses and have clinical supervision during that period before they may apply for permanent teacher certification. Students may go on to earn the M.A.T. degree (total 36 credits) by completing an additional 14 credits.
What additional course requirements beyond the field-based options are needed to complete state certification?
In addition to the Practicum and Apprenticeship field-based experiences, formal courses for certification consist of:

EDUC6835     Effective Teaching, Effective Schools
EDUC6893     Evaluation and Measurement
EDUC6818     Language Development and Literacy I (Elementary only)   or
EDUC6651     Effective Reading Instruction (Secondary only)
EDUC6820     Problem-Based Strategies for Elementary Math (Secondary education students are required to take the appropriate methods course in their discipline.)

In addition to coursework, students must successfully pass the Praxis exam for their area of certification. Students must pass this test in order to matriculate.

What are the requirements for a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility?
In New Jersey, the State Department of Education grants Certificates of Eligibility based on the following:
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution which includes 60 credits in "general education" (liberal arts) courses including at least a 30-credit major in any of the liberal arts or sciences; a course in adolescent psychology for middle school endorsement; and a passing grade on an examination in physiology, hygiene and substance abuse (or  three credits in biology, health or nutrition).
  • For secondary candidates, a bachelor’s degree with a major (at least 30 credits in a coherent sequence of courses) in the subject area to be taught (e.g., Mathematics, Science, etc.) or at least 30 credits in a coherent sequence of courses in the discipline taught.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Passing state required grade on the Praxis Test.
  • Successful completion of 22 credits in the approved certification program.
  • For middle school endorsement, candidates must have a NJ certificate of eligibility with advanced standing in elementary education.  Subject matter specialization requires 15 credits in the content area to be taught.
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in technical areas (i.e. marketing, accounting, computer science, economics, etc.), must have their transcript evaluated by the School of Education for advisement related to eligibility for admission to the M.A.T. program.  The evaluation will become part of the applicant’s file.
Where and how should I apply?
Application packages are available at http://view2.fdu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/apply-now-for-graduate-admission-at-fdu . There is a $40 one-time fee required with your application. You should print the application package and review it carefully. Any questions regarding the M.A.T. program and admission should be directed to the Director of the M.A.T. program. Admission to the program is subject to approval by the School of Education pursuant to the admissions policy for the program and general University policies that may apply.