Teaching, with Teacher Certification in Music (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

An undergraduate background in music is required.
MUED 201Practicum in Music Education I1
MUED 419Choral Methods3
or MUED 420 Instrumental Methods
MUED 435Conducting for Music Educators2
or MUPR 335 Elementary Conducting
MUPR 410Beginning Jazz Improvisation1
MSSN 121Secondary Instrument Guitar I1
or MUED 132 Marching Band Techniques
Select five of the following:5
Instrumental Techniques: Strings I
Instrumental Techniques: Strings II
Instrumental Techniques: Brass I
Instrumental Techniques: Brass II
Percussion Instruments
Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds I
Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds II
Graduate Level Content Area Course
Select one of the following:3
Workshop in Music Education
Psychology of Music
Critical Issues in Music Education
Selected Topics in Music Education
Technology for Music Teachers
Music Learning Theory
General Music in Secondary School
Creative Movement and Dance Experiences for Children
Pedagogy of the Piano
Pedagogy of Brass Instruments
Pedagogy of Stringed Instruments
Piano for Music Teachers
Music Education Techniques for Children with Disabilities
Teaching Music As Democratic Practice
Teaching World Music
Teaching Music Reading
Critical and Creative Thinking in Music
Band Literature for the Music Educator
The Comprehensive Choral Educator
Orff Workshop I-Concepts and Skills
Orff Workshop II-Pedagogy and Practices
Independent Study in Music Education
Methods Courses
MUED 556Teaching Methods for the Elementary Music Class3
MUED 557Teaching Methods for Music in the Secondary Schools3
Total Credits22