The Master of Arts in Teaching requires 30-33 credits of course work. The MAT includes four core courses (12 credits); the remaining 18-21 credit hours depend on the concentration selected by the student.

 

Core Courses

  • Exceptionalities
  • Managing Student Behaviors
  • Methods I
  • Psychological Foundations of Learning

 

Full Concentrations

Early Childhood Education (33 credits)

After completing all coursework and state licensure requirements, this concentration allows you to teach language arts literacy, mathematics, science, computer and information literacy, and social studies in preschool through grade three classrooms. 

Elementary Education (30 credits)

After completing all coursework and state licensure requirements, this concentration allows you to teach language arts literacy, mathematics, science and social studies in grades kindergarten through six, and to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, and spelling, for basic skills purposes only, in grades six through 12.

Secondary Education (30 credits)

(Certification areas: Art, Biological Science, Chemistry, English, French, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, and Theater)

After completing all coursework and state licensure requirements, this concentration allows you to teach the subject matter of your endorsement (e.g. English) and only that subject at all grade levels. In practice, you will likely teach your subject in departmentalized grades 5 – 12.

Special Education (30 credits)

(concentration is best suited for already-licensed teachers)

This concentration allows you to teach students classified with disabilities in your content and/or grade level endorsements. You may provide consultative services and supportive resource programs including modification and adaptation of curriculum and instruction to students with disabilities in general education programs in grades preschool through 12. This sequence is ideal for those who have already earned a teaching license and are seeking an MAT with a special education concentration.  Upon approval from the NJ Department of Education, currently licensed teachers will be eligible to earn a NJ Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement upon completion of the MAT.

Stand-Alone Certificate

Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certificate (21 credits)

This 21 credit certificate sequence will earn the student a Rutgers certificate in Teacher of Students with Disabilities and the candidate will also be eligible to earn a NJ Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) endorsement through the NJDOE upon completion.  The sequence can stand alone as the student’s only program as a means to add the TOSD license on to an existing teaching license, or it can serve as a dual program to a student’s initial concentration in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Education. 

 

Clinical Practice Requirements and Deadlines:

Students must apply for the fieldwork courses (Clinical Practice 1 and Clinical Practice 2) by February 1 in order to continue with courses in September (Fall semester). The program will secure the placement location for the student.

Students must also complete the following:

Candidates seeking an initial certificate of eligibility with advanced standing must also pass the Commissioner-approved performance assessment prior to earning certification.

 

“The reason I love the Rutgers-Camden MAT program is because of the blend of academic theory and real-world practice that is provided. The professors all have years of experience in the teaching field and their dedication to our learning experience makes it clear that they want us to succeed in our future careers as teachers.”

– Devon Stokes, MAT ’20