Teaching, with Teacher Certification in Physical 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 Requirement3
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the COP or have UG equivalent course approved by advisor.
Educational Psychology
PSYC 560Advanced Educational Psychology3
Program Requirements - Graduate Professional Sequence
Introductory Sequence
SASE 505Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling3
SASE 518Technology Integration in the Classroom1
Diversity and Instructional Sequence
SASE 509Sociocultural Perspectives on Curriculum and Assessment3
SASE 516Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners1
SASE 517Inclusive Classrooms in Middle and Secondary Schools1
SASE 519Assessment for Authentic Learning3
READ 501Techniques of Reading Improvement in the Secondary School3
Teaching Methods
Select from the list below according to subject area:3-6
Pedagogical Sequence I
SASE 526Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 527Clinical Practice I3
Pedagogical Sequence II
SASE 529Clinical Practice II6
SASE 543Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
Comprehensive Examination
In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.
Comprehensive Examination
Total Credits39-42
Teaching Methods
Select course(s) according to subject area:
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education I: P-12
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12
Biological Science, Earth Science, Physics or Physical Science4
Teaching Science in Secondary Schools
Teaching Chemistry in the Secondary School
Teaching Methods (Secondary English)
Teaching English as a Second Language3
Methodology of Teaching ESL
Theories and Approaches to Teaching French as a Second Language
Teaching French in P-12: Practice
Teaching Mathematics
Teaching Methods for the Elementary Music Class
Teaching Methods for Music in the Secondary Schools
Social Studies3
Graduate Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Teaching Spanish in K-12

Subject Matter Preparation

Calculus-based Introductory Physics I and II
PHYS 191University Physics I4
PHYS 192University Physics II4
Intermediate Mechanics
PHYS 210Intermediate Mechanics3
Oscillations, Waves, and Optics
PHYS 220Oscillations, Waves, and Optics3
Intermediate and Advanced Physics Laboratories
PHYS 230Intermediate Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 330Advanced Physics Laboratory4
Statistical and Thermal Physics
PHYS 320Statistical and Thermal Physics3
Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 340Electricity and Magnetism3
Modern Physics or Quantum Mechanics4
PHYS 360Modern Physics3
or PHYS 464 Quantum Mechanics
MATH 122Calculus I4
or AMAT 120 Applied Calculus A
MATH 221Calculus II4
or AMAT 220 Applied Calculus B
MATH 222Calculus III4
Introductory Chemistry8
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 232Experimental Organic Chemistry I2
Additional Chemistry or Biochemistry Course
Complete one 2-3 credit Chemistry or Biochemistry course.2-3
Total Credits74-75