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

This concentration within the Master of Arts in Teaching Program is designed for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree and who have proven themselves competent in their subject matter. Students who complete the certification part of this program will be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing endorsement on a New Jersey Instructional License in their specific subject area.

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

The subject areas available for this certification include: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Physical Science, Social Studies, and Spanish. Successful completion of this program enables individuals to become effective educators by meeting the wide-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.

The Master of Arts in Teaching–Secondary 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.


  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
  • A minimum of B- or better on all education courses
  • Passing scores on the Praxis CORE, or 560 verbal, 540 Math on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT, or 155 verbal, 156 quantitative on the GRE.

Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Tests, as of 9/1/19:

  • Math Test #5733         Passing Score 150
  • Reading Test #5713    Passing Score 156
  • Writing Test #5723     Passing Score 162

Students who meet the score levels below are not required to take the Praxis CORE:

SAT Scores

  • If taken before 4/1/1995: Math 520, Reading 480
  • If taken between 4/1/1995 to 2/28/2016: Math 540, Reading 560
  • If taken on or after 3/1/2016: Math 570, 610 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or 30 Reading Section

ACT Scores

  • If taken before 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 20
  • If taken on or after 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 23

GRE Scores

  • If taken before 8/1/2011: Quantitative 720, Verbal 530
  • If taken on or after 8/1/2011: Quantitative 156, Verbal 155

For more information on Praxis exams:


  • Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
  • Successful completion of major in intended content area
  • Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exam
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of Clinical Practice 1 and Clinical Practice 2 (student teaching)
  • Students will be required to complete a sequence of 50 observation hours in Phase I as per New Jersey Department of Education guidelines

This includes submission of the performance assessment, edTPA, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.

Required Courses
EDU 500Classroom Management Workshop1
EDU 651Clinical Practice I1
EDU 628Learning and Motivation3
EDU 645Curriculum and Methods3
EDU 654Urban Challenge3
EDU 655Student Teaching Internship & Seminar4
EDU 684Integrated Curriculum and Instruction including Diverse Populations3
EDU 629Individualizing the Learning Experience3
EDU 693Educational Assessment3
LTED 607Reading Secondary School3
EDU XXXSubject Specific Methods (Consult with advisor for appropriate course)3
Total Credits30

Additional Courses Needed to Complete the MAT
EDU 621Research Methods in Education3
EDU 619Research Seminar (EDU 621 is a prerequisite for EDU 619)3
Total Credits 36
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
EDU 654 Urban Challenge 3
EDU 628 Learning and Motivation 3
EDU 645 Curriculum and Methods 3
EDU 629 Individualizing the Learning Experience 3
Semester 2
EDU 684 Integrated Curriculum and Instruction including Diverse Populations 3
EDU 693 Educational Assessment 3
Second Year
Semester 1
LTED 607 Reading Secondary School 3
EDU 621 Research Methods in Education 3
EDU 651 Clinical Practice I 1
EDU XXXSubject Specific Methods 3
Semester 2
EDU 619 Research Seminar 3
EDU 500Classroom Management Workshop 1
EDU 655 Student Teaching Internship & Seminar 4
 Total Credits36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Secondary 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.