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Graduate Programs - Elementary and Secondary Education

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  •  New Jersey City University offers several options for graduate study in elementary and secondary education:


    Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education (M.A.T.)

    This program is designed for individuals who already possess a baccalaureate degree in a non-education field and would now like to become certified to teach.  Students who complete the certification part of this program will be eligible for Elementary (K-5) Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing endorsement on a New Jersey Instructional License or, in the dual certification program, for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in K-5 Elementary with a 5-8 subject endorsement. Middle school subject areas include Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies. Successful completion of this program enables individuals to become effective educators by meeting the wide-ranging needs of learners with vastly different experiences, language backgrounds, economic statuses, and cultures. The program prepares candidates to incorporate technology into their classroom activities, respond to varied learning styles, and keep pace with education trends and demands.

    This program is designed to accommodate full and part-time students. The program requires urban field experiences in which candidates teach lessons to a student or a small group of students. In the final semester, students must be available for full-time student teaching.

    Please visit the Elementary and Secondary Education Department site for detailed curriculum requirements.

    Admission Requirements

    In addition to the general graduate studies admission requirements, applicants must:

    1. Complete required pre-requisite credits in the social and behavioral sciences.
    2. Obtain a passing grade on the Praxis II Specialty Area Test—Elementary School: Content Knowledge (and, for dual certification in a middle school subject, the appropriate 5-8 content Praxis).

    Required Prerequisites

    Behavioral Science Courses or advised equivalent/alternatives:

    • Studies in Physiology, Health and Hygiene or Equivalent
    • Studies in Developmental Psychology
    • Studies in Intercultural Relations
    • Demonstration of Computer Literacy

    (Undergraduate or Graduate courses are acceptable.)
     

    Maintenance of Matriculation and Student Teaching GPA Requirements

    Programs leading to eligibility for a teaching certificate require students to maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the student’s graduate study at the University. Students who do not maintain an average of B (3.0) or higher in graduate work may not be permitted to continue in a graduate program.


    Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education (M.A.T.)

    This concentration within the Master of Arts in Teaching Program is designed for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree and who have proven themselves competent in their subject matter. Students who complete the certification part of this program will be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing endorsement on a New Jersey Instructional License in their specific subject area.

    The subject areas available for this certification include: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Physical Science, Social Studies, and Spanish. Successful completion of this program enables individuals to become effective educators by meeting the wide-ranging needs of learners with vastly different experiences, language backgrounds, economic statuses, and cultures. The program prepares candidates to incorporate technology into their classroom activities, respond to varied learning styles, and keep pace with education trends and demands.

    The Master of Arts in Teaching–Secondary Education Specialization is designed to accommodate full- and part-time students. The program requires urban field experiences in which candidates teach lessons to a student or a small group of students. In the final semester, students must be available for full-time student teaching.

    Please visit the Elementary and Secondary Education Department site for detailed curriculum requirements.

    Admission Requirements

    In addition to the general graduate studies admission requirements, applicants must:

    1. Complete required prerequisite credits in the social and behavioral sciences.
    2. Receive a passing grade on the Praxis examination for one or more secondary education content areas.
    3. Completed a baccalaureate degree with a major in the content area(s) or the thirty credits designated by the State of New Jersey for that content area.

    Required Prerequisites

    Behavioral Science Courses or advised equivalent/alternatives:

    • Studies in Physiology, Health and Hygiene or Equivalent
    • Studies in Developmental Psychology
    • Studies in Intercultural Relations
    • Demonstration of Computer Literacy

    (Undergraduate or Graduate courses are acceptable.)

    Maintenance of Matriculation and Student Teaching GPA Requirements

    Programs leading to eligibility for a teaching certificate require students to maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the student’s graduate study at the University. Students who do not maintain an average of B (3.0) or higher in graduate work may not be permitted to continue in a graduate program. Programs leading to eligibility for a teaching certificate require students to maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the student’s graduate study at the University. Students who do not maintain an average of B (3.0) or higher in graduate work may not be permitted to continue in a graduate program. 


    Master of Arts in Urban Education/ Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools (M.A.)

    The MA in Urban Education, Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools is designed to offer professional development for teachers who have at least one full year of experience teaching in a K-12 classroom. Candidates select a specialization as part of the professional development series described below, taking three courses in one area. Course work is interdisciplinary and addresses the special challenges that arise in urban teaching. Projects assist candidates to implement culturally-responsive instruction and learn new strategies for classroom management.

    Special attention is paid to effects of race, class, language and gender on achievement and to how social, economic and political conditions influence classrooms.

    Students who choose to take the optional one-credit course, "Demonstrating Knowledge of Teaching in Urban Schools" (EDU 608), will receive a departmental “Certificate of Proficiency” after satisfactory completion of the 15 credits in the professional development series.

    Please visit the Elementary and Secondary Education Department site for detailed curriculum requirements.

    For NPTNJ Graduates: see also Master of Arts in Urban Education Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools, Middle and Secondary School, English/Language Arts and Master of Arts in Urban Education, Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools, Middle and Secondary School, Math Specialization Information available at www.nptnj.org