Teaching, with Teacher Certification in Earth Science (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

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
PHYS 280Astronomy4
Collateral Science Courses
BIOL 113Principles of Biology II4
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
MATH 116Calculus A4
PHYS 193College Physics I4
PHYS 194College Physics II4
MATH 111Applied Precalculus3-4
or MATH 112 Precalculus Mathematics
Graduate level content course
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
Sedimentary Petrography
Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
X-ray Microanalysis
Organic Geoghemistry
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
Methods Course
BIOL 503Teaching Science in Secondary Schools4
Total Credits69