Teaching, with Teacher Certification in English (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
Speech
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

Critical Theory
Select one of the following:3
The Pursuits of English
Seminar in Comparative Literature
Literary Criticism from 1800 to the Present
Theoretical Approaches to Literature
British Literature
Select 6 credits of British Literature courses (from list below)6
American Literature
Select 6 credits of American Literature courses (from list below)6
Writing
Select 3 credits of Writing courses (from list below)3
Genre Study
Select 9 credits of Genre Study courses (from list below)9
Sociocultural Lenses
Select 6 credits of Sociocultural courses (from list below)6
Language Study
Select one of the following:3
The English Language
The Grammars of English
Structure of American English
History of the English Language
Graduate level content course
Select one of the following:3
Old English Literature
Chaucer
Shakespeare Studies: Tragedies
Shakespeare Studies: Comedies
Shakespeare Studies: Histories
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
Seventeenth Century Literature: Poetry
Milton
The Augustan Age
The English Novel from Defoe to Austen
British Romanticism I: Wordsworth and Coleridge
British Romanticism II: Byron, Shelley, and Keats
Victorian Studies I: Prose
Victorian Studies II: Novel
Victorian Studies III: Poetry
Turn-of-the-Century British Writers
The Modern British Novel
The Irish Renaissance
Studies in Early American Literature
American Romanticism
Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
American Realism
Modern American Fiction
Modern American Poetry
Recent American Fiction
American Drama
Black American Women Writers
Independent Study in British Literature
Independent Study in American Literature
Seminar in British Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in Literary Research
Literary Criticism from 1800 to the Present
Theoretical Approaches to Literature
Ancient Tragedy
Ancient Comedy
Ancient Epic
The Enlightenment in Europe
The Romantic Movement
Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw
Major Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora
The Modern Novel
Trends in the Contemporary Novel
Modern Movements in the Arts
Film Studies
Science Fiction
Independent Study: International Literature
Seminar in International Literature
Teaching Writing Through Literature
Theory and Practice of Writing Centers
Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
Research in Writing Studies
Graduate Writing Seminar
Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing
Seminar in Writing Studies
Methods Course
ENGL 571Teaching Methods (Secondary English)4
Total Credits43

British Literature

English Literature I: Beginnings to 1660
English Literature II: 1660 to Present
Special Topics in English or American Literature
English Novel to 1900
Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century
From Sensibility to Romanticism
Milton
Chaucer
Medieval English Literature
19th Century English Romantic Literature
Victorian Poetry
Renaissance Literature
English Drama: Beginnings to 1642
Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories
Shakespeare: Tragedies-Romances
Modern British Fiction 1900-1945
Postwar British Fiction 1946-1990
Recent British Fiction 1990-Present
Old English Language and Literature
17th Century English Poetry
Restoration and 18th Century Drama
20th Century English Novel
Seminar in English Literature
Chaucer
Shakespeare Studies: Tragedies
Shakespeare Studies: Comedies
Shakespeare Studies: Histories
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
Seventeenth Century Literature: Poetry
Milton
The Augustan Age
British Romanticism I: Wordsworth and Coleridge
British Romanticism II: Byron, Shelley, and Keats
Victorian Studies II: Novel
Victorian Studies III: Poetry
Turn-of-the-Century British Writers
The Modern British Novel
The Irish Renaissance
Independent Study in British Literature
Seminar in British Literature

American Literature

American Drama
Black Writers in the United States: A Survey
Social Protest Literature in America
Special Topics in English or American Literature
Vietnam War and American Culture
The Novels of Toni Morrison
American Poetry to 1940
American Poetry: World War II to Present
Early American Literature
Literature of American Renaissance
American Literary Realism
Modern American Fiction
Contemporary American Fiction
Seminar in American Literature
Studies in Early American Literature
American Romanticism
Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
American Realism
Modern American Fiction
Modern American Poetry
Recent American Fiction
American Drama
Black American Women Writers
Independent Study in American Literature
Seminar in American Literature

Writing

Creative Nonfiction
Teaching Writing in the Public Schools
Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
Research in Writing Studies
Graduate Writing Seminar
Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing
Seminar in Writing Studies

Genre Study

American Drama
English Novel to 1900
Art of Poetry
Art of Fiction
Art of Drama
Women Poets
American Poetry to 1940
American Poetry: World War II to Present
English Drama: Beginnings to 1642
Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories
Shakespeare: Tragedies-Romances
Modern British Fiction 1900-1945
Postwar British Fiction 1946-1990
Recent British Fiction 1990-Present
Contemporary Poetry
17th Century English Poetry
Restoration and 18th Century Drama
20th Century English Novel
Shakespeare Studies: Tragedies
Shakespeare Studies: Comedies
Shakespeare Studies: Histories
Seventeenth Century Literature: Poetry
The English Novel from Defoe to Austen
Victorian Studies II: Novel
Victorian Studies III: Poetry
The Modern British Novel
Modern American Fiction
Modern American Poetry
Recent American Fiction
American Drama
Contemporary European Drama
Modern Drama: Ibsen to O'Neill
Modern European Novel
Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
Science Fiction
Modern Poetry to T.S. Eliot
Ancient Tragedy
Ancient Comedy
Ancient Epic
Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw
The Modern Novel
Trends in the Contemporary Novel
Film Studies

Sociocultural Lenses

World Literature: The Coming of Age Theme
World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge
Myth and Literature
Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture
Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature
Black Writers in the United States: A Survey
Social Protest Literature in America
Special Topics in English or American Literature
Special Topics in Comparative Literature
Twentieth Century Literature of Immigration
Vietnam War and American Culture
Women Poets
The Novels of Toni Morrison
Irish Literary Revival: 1890-1939
The Irish Renaissance
Black American Women Writers
American Indian Themes
African, Asian and Caribbean Literature in English
Contemporary Irish Literature
African Myth and Literature
Contemporary African Literature
Women Prose Writers
Contemporary European Drama
Modern European Novel
Seminar in Comparative Literature
Ancient Tragedy
Ancient Comedy
Ancient Epic
The Enlightenment in Europe
The Modern Novel
Trends in the Contemporary Novel
Independent Study: International Literature
Seminar in International Literature