Teaching, with Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool-Grade 12) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (M.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Subject Area and Teacher of Students with Disabilities is a program designed to provide graduate students with a master's degree as well as dual certification: initial certification to teach in a subject area (P-12) and certification to teach students with disabilities in those settings.

Montclair State University’s Teacher Education Program is one of the most highly-regarded teacher preparation programs in the country. It has been consistently recognized both nationally and regionally for its unique features, including its structure, partnerships, and curricular emphases. The program is considered a model for other colleges and universities and has continuously been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.

The Teacher Education Program’s professional course sequence and field experiences emphasize teaching for critical thinking and culturally responsive teaching. The professional component for both graduate students addresses four broad areas:

  1. student development and learning,
  2. the classroom and the school,
  3. the curriculum, and
  4. effective teaching skills.

Program Requirements

Additional Requirements for State Certification
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or have the Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor
Additional Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Learning Theories
Child Development II: Adolescence
Advanced Educational Psychology
Program Requirements
Required Courses
SASE 680Selected Topics in Curriculum and Teaching1
SASE 509Sociocultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning3
SPED 579Special Education for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 586Educational Planning for Adolescents with Disabilities3
SPED 566Creating Curricular Access for Adolescents with Disabilities3
SPED 568Teaching Methods for Inclusive Education3
SPED 588Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Inclusive Settings2
Graduate Professional Sequence I
SASE 526Teaching for Learning I3
SASE 527Fieldwork3
SPED 584Assessment and Evaluation in the Inclusive Classroom2
Graduate Professional Sequence II
SASE 543Teaching for Learning II3
SASE 529Student Teaching6
SPED 680Selected Topics in Special Education1
Comprehensive Exam
In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matched your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.
GRAD CMPComprehensive Examination0
Total Credits42

Teaching Field Requirements

Fine Arts Core
ARFD 122Foundations II: 2D Design3
ARFD 123Foundations III: Visual Organization - 3D Design3
ARFD 125Foundations V: Color, Light and Time3
ARHT 105Art in Western Civilization: Ancient Through Medieval3
ARHT 106Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance through Modern3
ARDW 200Drawing, Beginning I3
or ARDW 201 Life Drawing, Beginning I
Fine Arts Education
ARCE 200Ceramics: Pottery and Sculpture, Beginning I3
ARGD 200Graphic Design, Beginning I3
ARMJ 200Metalwork and Jewelry, Beginning I3
ARPA 200Painting, Beginning I3
ARPH 200Photography Beginning I: Contemporary Art Form3
ARPM 200Printmaking, Beginning I3
ARSC 200Sculpture, Beginning I3
Second Level Studio
Select one of the following:3
Ceramics: Pottery and Sculpture, Beginning II
Fibers and Fabrics, Beginning II
Graphic Design, Beginning II
Metalwork and Jewelry, Beginning II
Painting, Beginning II
Photography Beginning II: Contemporary Art Form
Printmaking, Beginning II
Sculpture, Beginning II
Intermediate Level Studio
Select one of the following:3
Ceramics: Pottery and Sculpture, Intermediate
Fibers and Fabrics, Intermediate
Graphic Design, Intermediate
Metalwork and Jewelry, Intermediate
Painting, Intermediate
Photography Intermediate: Contemporary Art Form
Printmaking, Intermediate
Sculpture, Intermediate
Teaching Methods
ARED 511Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education I: P-123
ARED 512Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-123
Graduate Level Content Area Course
Select 3 credits of Graduate Level Content Area courses below3
Total Credits54

Graduate Level Content Area Courses

Graduate Ceramics: Pottery and Sculpture I
Graduate Ceramics: Pottery and Sculpture II
Independent Study in Graduate Ceramics I
Graduate Ceramics: Pottery and Sculpture III
Graduate Ceramics: Pottery and Sculpture IV
Independent Study in Graduate Ceramics II
Graduate Drawing
Graduate Life Drawing I
Graduate Life Drawing II
Graduate Life Drawing III
Graduate Life Drawing IV
Contemporary Viewpoints in Art Education
Advanced Curriculum Construction in Art Education
Art and Special Education
Independent Study: Art Education
Graduate Form in Fiber I
Graduate Form in Fiber II
Graduate Decoration of Fabrics I
Graduate Off-Loom Textiles I
Graduate Decoration of Fabrics II
Graduate Off-Loom Textiles II
Graduate Problems in Textile Research
Graduate Form in Fiber III
Graduate Form in Fiber IV
Graduate Decoration of Fabric III
Graduate Off-Loom Textiles III
Graduate Decoration of Fabrics IV
Graduate Off-Loom Textiles IV
Graduate Graphic Design I
Graduate Graphic Design II
Graduate Typography I
Graduate Typography II
Independent Study, Graduate I
Graduate Visual Arts Workshop
Independent Study, Graduate II
Field Trip in Studio
Artists on Art
Field Trips in Art History
Northern Renaissance Art
European Art of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Modern Philosophies of Art I
Graduate Methods of Research in Art History
Selected Problems in Art History
The American Collector and New York Museums
Graduate Metalwork and Jewelry I
Graduate Metalwork and Jewelry II
Graduate Metalwork and Jewelry III
Graduate Metalwork and Jewelry IV
Graduate Painting I
Graduate Painting II
Graduate Painting III
Graduate Painting IV
Graduate Photography Beginning I: A Contemporary Art Form
Graduate Photography Beginning II: A Contemporary Art Form
Graduate Photography Intermediate: A Contemporary Art Form
Graduate Photography Advanced: A Contemporary Art Form
Graduate Special Processes in Photography
Graduate Printmaking I
Graduate Printmaking II
Graduate Printmaking III
Graduate Printmaking IV
Graduate Sculpture I
Graduate Sculpture II
Graduate Sculpture III
Graduate Sculpture IV