Elementary Education—Teacher Certification, M.A.T.

This concentration within the Master of Arts in Teaching Program is designed for individuals who have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts. Students who complete the certification part of this program will be eligible for Elementary (K-6) Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing endorsement on a New Jersey Instructional License. Successful completion of this program enables individuals to become effective educators by meeting the wider ranging needs of learners with vastly different experiences, language backgrounds, economic statuses, and cultures. The program prepares candidates to incorporate technology into their classroom activities, respond to varied learning styles, and keep pace with education trends and demands.

Program is now fully online (aside from clinical practice experiences) to provide a maximum amount of flexibility.

The Master of Arts in Teaching–Elementary Education Specialization is designed to accommodate full and part-time students. The program requires field experiences in which candidates teach lessons to a student or a small group of students. In the final semester, students must be available for full-time student teaching. 

Secondary Education (M.A.T.) with:

  • Secondary Education Teacher Certification
  • Specialization in K-12 Content Area including: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Science, Social Studies, and Spanish 

Admission requirements:


  • Behavioral science courses or advised equivalent/alternatives
  • Studies in Physiology, Health and Hygiene or Equivalent
  • Studies in Developmental Psychology
  • Studies in Intercultural Relations
  • Demonstration of Computer Literacy

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.

Required Courses
EDU 654Urban Challenge3
EDU 628Learning and Motivation3
EDTC 621Leading Curriculum Change Using the Internet3
LTED approved course3
EDU 629Individualizing the Learning Experience3
SPEC 508Helping Exceptional Children and Youth in the Inclusive Classroom3
EDU TBD Subject - Specific Methods Course3
EDU 693Educational Assessment3
EDU 651Clinical Practice I1
EDU 500Classroom Management Workshop1
EDU 655Clinical Practice II4
EDU 621Research Methods in Education3
EDU 619Research Seminar (EDU 621 is a prerequisite for EDU 619)3
EDU 500Classroom Management Workshop1
Total Credits37
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
EDU 628 Learning and Motivation 3
EDU 654 Urban Challenge 3
EDTC 621 Leading Curriculum Change Using the Internet 3
Semester 2
EDU 693 Educational Assessment 3
EDU 629 Individualizing the Learning Experience 3
SPEC 508 Helping Exceptional Children and Youth in the Inclusive Classroom 3
Second Year
Semester 1
EDU 621 Research Methods in Education 3
EDU 651 Clinical Practice I 1
LTED Approved course 3
EDU TBD subject specific methods
Semester 2
EDU 500 Classroom Management Workshop 1
EDU 619 Research Seminar 3
EDU 655 Clinical Practice II 4
 Total Credits33

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Elementary Education-Teacher Certification program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter they plan to teach.
  2. Demonstrate their pedagogical knowledge, integrating their understanding of their pupils’ developmental levels, individual differences, learning exceptionalities, and sociocultural backgrounds.
  3. Demonstrate effective instruction, caring behavior, and reflection to improve practice.
  4. Know and value how individuals are shaped by their life experiences as mediated by factors such as social class, gender, race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, age, and social needs. Our candidates know, value, and engage in culturally responsive teaching to promote social justice, particularly in our urban areas.
  5. Use appropriate technology in carrying out their professional responsibilities.