Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
If you have the call to be a teacher, give yourself a solid, comprehensive foundation for a thriving career with Monmouth University’s 36-credit Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.
Monmouth’s M.A.T. degree program puts you at the front of the class, immersed in clinical learning to reinforce your classroom instruction. From kindergarten students starting their education to high school students getting ready to make their way in the world, you’ll emerge from the M.A.T. program with at least 225 hours of essential hands-on experience you will need to run your own classroom. You will:
- Visit schools and classrooms to observe various teachers at work.
- Spend a year working with students under the close supervision of an experienced teacher.
- Work with students one-on-one, as well as in large or small groups.
- Emerge from the program with valuable, first-hand teaching experience.
Monmouth’s extensive network of schools gives you access to a wide range of opportunities to put your classroom instruction into practice. Our M.A.T. program employs the latest in education theory, technology, and teaching strategies to prepare you for your own classroom.
Program Director & Faculty
Alex S. Romagnoli Ph.D.
Faculty Make the Difference
Our renowned educators have won major awards, written books, and conducted research that contributes to the understanding of how we teach today. Best of all, they’re accessible to you. Monmouth has relationships with more than 30 area schools, giving you ample options to earn valuable hands-on clinical experience under the close supervision of highly skilled educators.
Monmouth’s M.A.T. program has two tracks that allow you to pursue your degree on your terms whether you’re interested in attending a full-time traditional master’s program or an accelerated program that allows you to earn your degree in as little as a year.
- Accelerated Program: Our summer start time lets you hit the ground running between school years. Finish your degree in as little as 12 months—or add a teacher of students with disabilities (TSD) specialization or english as a second language (ESL) endorsement and complete the program in 16 months.
- Traditional Program: Full-time students typically finish their degrees in two years while part-time students may take three. Start in the fall, spring, or summer based on your needs.
Small classes taught by highly qualified faculty with a wide range of awards are supported with a full year of clinical experience with school visits, observing, and teaching under a master teacher.
If you would like to move into the classroom as quickly as possible and devote yourself full time to the experience of learning and teaching, please contact Sarah Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-263-5689.
With our Accelerated Program, finish your M.A.T. degree in as little as twelve months. Or, add a teacher of students with disabilities (TSD) specialization or an english as a second language (ESL) endorsement, and complete the program in 16 months.
Experiential Opportunity Through Area Schools
Caitlin Moran, '16, teaching at Long Branch Public School as part of the experiential nature of the MAT program at Monmouth University. This school is one of more than thirty area schools with which Monmouth has a long-standing relationship.
Specialist Professor Mary Brennan is interested in international approaches to education that have been heightened by her recent participation in conferences in Oxford, England and Florence, Italy. Fields of interest also include assessment and the role of the Child Study Team in the special education process in New Jersey.
Program Application Requirements
To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:
- Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a satisfactory overall GPA per state requirements (see Web site for details) and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major.
- Two letters of recommendation for graduate study.
- Personal statement of not more than two pages that describes the applicant’s preparation for study in the program and personal objectives for graduate study.
- Teacher candidates must pass a basic skills requirement as a part of the admission process. There are two ways to satisfy this requirement:
- Provide a passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators #5751
- Provide official qualifying scores on the SAT, ACT, or GRE required for the year in which the exam was taken (see New Jersey Department of Education for details)
Note: Prior to student teaching, the appropriate Praxis Test must be successfully completed and all content courses and conditions of acceptance must be satisfied. Accelerated students must submit scores at time of application.