QUEST Teacher Preparation Program - An Accelerated, Combined Degree (B.A./B.S.-M.A.T.) Program
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 QUEST (QUality in Education, Schools and Teaching) program is offered by the Peter Sammartino School of Education at the Florham Campus, Madison, New Jersey, and the Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, New Jersey.
The program is open to students who wish to be certified to teach at the secondary school level in the area of their liberal arts or science major, or in elementary education. Both tracks result in the B.A. or B.S. degree in a liberal arts/science major with graduate-level advanced course work toward a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.
As future teachers who will be responsible for preparing future generations to live and work in a global society and economy, QUEST students explore diversity through their formal studies, projects, and field-based experiences in a wide range of school and community settings. Throughout the curriculum, they are exposed to and examine issues related to diversity in language, culture, race and ethnicity, and life styles. They explore their own values, attitudes and behaviors, and consider the implications for their role as teachers.
National projections show a need for more than 2 million teachers in the next decade in all grades and subject areas -- particularly in the northern and mid-Atlantic regions. The greatest need will be for those teachers with certification in high-demand areas (i.e. special education, world languages, science and mathematics) and those with dual certification (elementary or secondary education certification with a second certificate in areas such as special education, world languages, early childhood, English as a Second Language and bilingual education.
Students in the QUEST Program will prepare for careers as classroom teachers with the potential to specialize further as guidance counselors, subject area supervisors, school or district administrators, subject area specialists, or child study team members.
Through the QUEST Program, students can accomplish the following in five years:
- Earn a bachelor's degree in an arts or science major;
- Save time and money by receiving up to 15 dual undergraduate and graduate credits in education and advanced standing for a master's degree;
Other program highlights include:
- Partnership with exemplary schools to provide clinical teaching experiences and mentoring during each year of the program;
- Performance-based assessment and portfolio system based on national standards for beginning teachers
The faculty members involved in the QUEST and M.A.T. program have doctoral degrees from Columbia, Fordham, the University of Connecticut, New York University, Rutgers and Seton Hall. They have expertise in a wide range of disciplines as well as education and extensive experience as practitioners in public and private PreK-12 schools in urban, suburban and rural settings. In addition to PreK-12 teaching experience, most faculty have PreK-12 supervisory and administrative experience ranging from subject area supervisor to principal to superintendent.
The faculty’s areas of specialization span curriculum and instruction, technology, assessment, literacy/reading, mathematics, science, world languages, second language acquisition, early childhood and elementary education, English, social studies and special education. Extremely active and widely recognized in their fields, many of the faculty members hold leadership positions in national and state professional organizations.
Program Honors and Recognition
- The QUEST Program is accredited by CAEP, the national accrediting body for education provider programs that meet high standards of quality and rigor.
- Our students have won the New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award.
- Our graduates are teaching in public, private, charter, and parochial schools in more than 22 states. Our graduates also teach in military schools overseas.
- Each year we send a cohort of students to FDU’s Wroxton, England campus to complete an international field experience in local English partner schools.
- Many of our QUEST students are outstanding student athletes participating in bowling, basketball, soccer and baseball who maintain a 3.0 GPA and higher.
- Our QUEST students have an active student chapter of the NJEA and hold NJ State officer positions. They are actively involved in community service and tutoring.
NOTE: Both campuses currently offer the Dual Certification (Elementary and Special Education) program for all Elementary majors.
The Dual Certification program requires 6 more total credits than the Elementary Certification program.
For details on this program, the students should meet with the Director of the QUEST Program.
For Program Information, Contact The School of Education at:
201-692-2862 or 2853