Teaching, with Teacher Certification in Earth Science (Preschool-Grade 12) (M.A.T.)

Students with a baccalaureate degree and interest in teaching may pursue the Post-BA program for certification only or the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) which simultaneously leads to certification and Master's Degree. The content area program is open to students who wish to teach one of the following content areas in K-12 schools:

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
  4. Effective teaching skills

Program Requirements

Additional Requirements for State Certification
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the COP or have UG equivalent course approved by advisor.
Educational Psychology
EDFD 582Learning Theories3
or PSYC 560 Advanced Educational Psychology
Program Requirements
Graduate Professional Sequence
Introductory Sequence
EDFD 505Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling3
or SASE 505 Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling
SASE 518Technology Integration in the Classroom1
Diversity and Instructional Sequence
EDFD 509Sociocultural Perspectives on Curriculum and Assessment3
or SASE 509 Sociocultural Perspectives on Curriculum and Assessment
EDFD 516Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners1
or SASE 516 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
SASE 517Inclusive Classrooms in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 501Techniques of Reading Improvement in the Secondary School3
EDFD 519Assessment for Authentic Learning3
or SASE 519 Assessment for Authentic Learning
Pedagogical Sequence I
SASE 526Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogy3
SASE 527Clinical Practice I3
Pedagogical Sequence II
SASE 514In-Service Graduate Clinical Practice II 26
or SASE 529 Clinical Practice II
SASE 543Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogy3
Comprehensive Examination
In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.
GRAD CMPComprehensive Examination0
Total Credits36

Teaching Field Requirements

Earth Science Core
EAES 105Physical Geology4
EAES 220Mineralogy4
EAES 240Historical Geology4
EAES 302Structural Geology3
EAES 320Igneous Metamorphic Petrology4
EAES 441Stratigraphy4
Additional Earth Science Courses
EAES 201Understanding Weather and Climate4
EAES 250Introduction to Marine Sciences4
EAES 280Principles of Land Use3
Collateral Science Courses
BIOL 113Principles of Biology II4
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
MATH 111Applied Precalculus4
or MATH 112 Precalculus Mathematics
MATH 116Calculus A4
PHYS 193College Physics I4
PHYS 194College Physics II4
Content Area Courses (Earth Science)
BIOL 503Teaching Science in Secondary Schools4
Select one of the following:3
The Dynamic Earth
Advanced Physical Geology
Landscapes in Transition
Environmental Geoscience
Field Geology
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Advanced Mineralogy
Optical Mineralogy
Igneous Metamorphic Petrology
Sedimentary Petrography
Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
X-ray Microanalysis
Organic Geochemistry
Environmental Forensics
Instrumental Environmental Analysis
Applied Groundwater Modeling
Water Resource Management
Advanced Historical Geology
Advanced Invertebrate Paleobiology
Vertebrate Paleobiology
Biostratigraphy of New Jersey
Advanced Marine Geology
Waste Management
Air Resource Management
Research Seminar
Research in Geoscience Literature
Special Problems in Earth and Environmental Studies
Seminar in Environmental Graphics
Total Credits69