Teaching, with Teacher Certifications in Preschool through Grade 3 and Students with Disabilities (Preschool - Grade 12) (M.A.T.)

Coordinator: Dr. Susan Wray
Office: University Hall, Room 3187
Phone: (973) 655-4243
Email: wrays@mail.montclair.edu

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Early Childhood Education 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 preschool through third grade (P-3) and certification to teach students with disabilities in P-3 settings. Students who apply to this program must hold a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts field. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of substantial and meaningful experience with groups of children, including children with special needs.

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 Center of Pedagogy or have Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor.
Child Development
FCST 512Child Development I: Theories of Child Development 23
Program Requirements
Required Courses
ECEL 501Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Diverse Society3
ECSE 502Sociocultural Context of Disability and Inclusive Education3
ECSE 505Learning and Development in Children With and Without Disabilities3
ECSE 506Observation and Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities: Birth to Age 83
ECSE 508Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities3
ECSE 509Principles and Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education3
ECSE 519Language and Early Literacy Development3
ECSE 523Communication, Collaboration and Consultation in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Contexts3
EDFD 503Methods of Research3
READ 500Literacy Foundations3
ECEL 513Integrating Math/Science/Technology in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
ECEL 516Social Studies and the Arts: Understanding Democracy in Elementary Classrooms3
Professional Sequence
Part A
ECEL 502Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 504Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 528Early Childhood Curriculum in Inclusive Settings3
Part B
Select one of the following options:7-8
Option 1
Clinical Experience I in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings
Clinical Experience II in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings
Option 2
Inservice Supervised Graduate Student Teaching 3
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 Credits54-55

May be completed by examination.


Complete of its equivalent as approved in writing by the Graduate Program Coordinator.


For those in full-time teaching positions.