Whatever type of classroom you envision, your teaching career begins at Georgian Court University. Our M.A.T. program delivers the foundation necessary to become an exceptional teacher.
GCU boasts a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses traditional learning and field experience. You’ll gain practical knowledge and skills that translate seamlessly into a thriving career in education, along with the ability to tailor our programs to fit your needs.
This program is for those who want to teach all subjects in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings for preschoolers up through pupils in third grade.
This program is designed for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and want to qualify for their first instructional certificate. It prepares teacher candidates to work in general, inclusive, and special education settings with young children in preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and Grades 1–3. It leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and eligibility for New Jersey instructional certification in Early Childhood Education (P–3) and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) endorsement.
This program is for those who want to teach all subjects in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings for kindergartners up through pupils in sixth grade.
This program is designed for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and want to qualify for their first instructional certificate. The program prepares candidates to provide instruction in all subjects in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings in kindergarten through Grade 6. It leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and eligibility for New Jersey certification in Elementary Education (K–6) and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) endorsement.
Teach students ranging from kindergarten through Grade 12 in a single subject area in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings with this designation. Most GCU graduates who have completed this program go on to instruct art, biology, business, chemistry, English, history, math, or Spanish, depending on their major.
This program prepares teachers to provide instruction in a single subject area in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings in kindergarten through Grade 12. Most graduates are secondary school teachers of art, biology, business, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, or Spanish, depending on their major. The program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching and eligibility for New Jersey certification as a Teacher of a Specific Subject [art, biology, business, chemistry, English, health and physical education, social studies, mathematics, or Spanish] and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) endorsement.
This program is for those who want to teach English language learners in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings.
This program is designed for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and want to qualify for their first instructional certificate. This program prepares candidates to teach English as a Second Language in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings. It leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and eligibility for New Jersey certification in English as a Second Language and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement.
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- Hybrid program combines a personal cohort experience with the convenience of an online format
- Classes meet face-to-face in a school nearby; just three sessions every 7.5 weeks
- Select programs available completely online
- Two-year completion time or less, including summer and holiday breaks
- Up to 6 transfer credits considered
- ESL Endorsement w/M.Ed.
- Reading/Literacy Specialization w/M.Ed.
- Teacher of Students w/Disabilities Endorsement w/M.Ed.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate w/M.Ed.
- M.A. in Administration & Leadership leading to School Supervisor Certificate, Principal Certificate, School Administrator Certificate, and/or School Business Administrator Certificate
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- Financial aid and “pay-as-you-go” plans are available
- Teacher Loan Forgiveness of up to $5,000 is available for teachers who teach for five years in low-income schools and meet other requirements
- TEACH Grant Funding may be available depending on your selected program
- Named among Money Magazine’s Top 50 Schools That Add the Most Value
- Ranked by Washington Monthly as a “Best Bang for the Buck” College in 2017
Accredited Quality Programs
- Georgian Court University is a nonprofit university that is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Instructional endorsement and administration and leadership programs are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education
- Accredited by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Ranked among the Best Regional Universities (North) by U.S. News & World Report for 2018
Advanced & Educational Services Programs
Existing teachers and others holding a bachelor’s degree can advance their expertise by earning credits in one of our available focus areas.
The Autism Spectrum Disorders program offers certified teachers and non-certified individuals with a personal or professional interest in autism disorders (parents, advocates, service providers, and others) an in-depth study of the pervasive developmental disorders including teaching strategies and interventions, assessment, and social communication development for students with autism or related developmental disorders. Completers of the certificate program earn a Georgian Court University certificate indicating focused training in autism spectrum disorders; completers of the degree program earn a Master of Education.
Complete this 12-credit program and gain the tools needed to teach to speakers of other languages in a bilingual setting. Become a resource to those around you, help integrate language standards into your school, and stand out with this extra credential. This program is also available fully online.
- Bilingual/Bicultural Education Endorsement (12 credits)
- EDC5021 Second Language Acquisition (3)
- EDC5022 Theory, Practice & Methods of Teaching ESL/English Through the Content Areas
- EDC5026 Phonology & Structure of American English (3)
- EDC5027 Developing Literacy Skills for the Second Language Learner (3)
Make an impact on the youngest students with this program for certified teachers. Earn your Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3 endorsement or go on to pair it with the M.Ed. degree.
The Early Childhood endorsement program prepares individuals who already hold a valid New Jersey instructional certificate to teach students in preschool through Grade 3 settings. The program leads to eligibility for a New Jersey instructional endorsement of Preschool through Grade 3. An additional 9 credits are needed beyond the Early Childhood Education 24-credit program to qualify for a Master of Education degree.
For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.
Expand your knowledge of teaching ESL with this program. Earn your ESL endorsement or go on to pair it with the M.Ed. degree. The ESL programs are also available fully online.
ESL Program or Master of Education
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program prepares teachers to provide instruction in English to students whose native language is not English and to support these English language learners in mastering the content designated in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). The ESL program reflects the national Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) standards, the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST) and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards. It leads to eligibility for endorsement to a New Jersey instructional certification as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. An additional 15 credits are needed beyond the ESL program to qualify for a Master of Education degree.
For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.
Candidates in the Master of Arts in Instructional Technology (M.A.I.T.) program are trained to create powerful digital learning materials with technologies to deliver instructional content such as web-based resources, collaborative tools, video resources, and mobile devices. The courses in the M.A.I.T. program cover theoretical and practical approaches, including foundations of instructional design, learning theory and design for learning to engage students in learning with apps, videos, podcasts, social media, simulations, and games. The capstone provides candidates with the opportunity to develop a design proposal and project, allowing them to demonstrate their fluency with elements of an instructional design analysis using carefully chosen technologies.
The Master of Education–Reading/Literacy Specialization prepares certified teachers to be reading specialists and to use their expertise in reading in their classrooms or as a director or coach in a reading and literacy program in a school or district.
Based on the standards of the International Reading Association (IRA) for Reading Professionals, New Jersey Student Learning Standards for English/Language Arts Literacy (NJSLS for ELAL), and New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST), the program builds expertise through courses in the theories and processes of reading and writing, diagnosis and remediation, assessment, best practice literacy instruction strategies, program evaluation, coaching techniques, and a practicum. These provide experiences for candidates to work with a variety of approaches and strategies and design, select, and use standard and alternate instruction, assessment, and coaching techniques that serve the needs of diverse students and educators.
All courses include a keystone assessment/artifact that demonstrates the accomplishment of course goals and the integration of acquired knowledge and skills. As candidates progress toward program completion, their course artifacts are archived in an electronic or e-portfolio and monitored by program faculty to ensure and the state’s standards for novice reading specialists.
Program completers earn a Master of Education degree; those who have completed two years of full-time teaching are eligible for New Jersey educational services certification as a reading specialist.
Observational Practicum, Seminar & Internship
Georgian Court’s School Counseling program provides candidates a theoretical foundation for working with students individually and in groups and opportunities to develop skilled practice in the major functions of a school counselor. Early in the program, candidates complete a 100-hour observational practicum in a school setting as part of EDC6301 Foundations of School Counseling. This first field-based experience focuses on observation of the scope, issues, and practices associated with the professional practice of school counselors. It allows candidates early in their preparation to link theoretical knowledge to current practice and to develop reflective skills needed throughout their careers. In subsequent courses, knowledge and skills are built through modeling and in-class developmental skill building activities. Note: candidates who are not teachers are encouraged to obtain a substitute teacher credential during the program in order to get more experience with students and schools prior to their observational practicum.
Near the end of their programs, candidates take EDC6305 School Counseling Seminar I and EDC6306 School Counseling Seminar II, which provide opportunities to develop skills in a school setting with close supervision by certified practicing school counselors. During these experiences, candidates counsel individuals and groups and apply their knowledge of assessment, collaboration, and community resources to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate programs for students’ academic, career, and personal/social development. Concurrent with these two 150-hour course-related experiences, candidates attend seminars with a GCU faculty member to share issues and experiences, and confront challenges to ethical practice and successful counseling. Students may take the Seminar and Internship courses either consecutively, over the course of two years, or concurrently, beginning with Seminar I and Internship I in the fall.
The School Counseling internship is a 300-hour, 6-credit experience during which candidates take on greater responsibility for providing services to students and collaborating with other school personnel to create a positive environment for student development and success. Candidates typically engage in individual, small group, and large group counseling and development sessions on a broad range of topics (e.g., self-esteem, college choice, time and stress management) and participate fully in school counselor functions within the school and/or district including academic, personal-social, and career counseling; scheduling; transition services; test administration and analysis; and interventions prior to child study referrals. During the internship, candidates are mentored by school-based certified counselors and by GCU faculty members. The counseling interns are also supported by peers during the periodic seminars linked with the internship.
Throughout the seminar and internship experiences, candidates maintain logs of their hours, case studies, and summaries of each domain of school counseling documenting their experience. The case studies include reflective essays that link theory to practice, analyze situations and consider options, and evaluate outcomes.
The GCU director of the school counseling program prepares individuals who already hold a valid educational services certification as a school counselor. The program includes study in administration, staff supervision, and curriculum development.
In addition, the director of the school counseling program requires at least three years of successful school counselor experience under standard New Jersey or out-of-state school counselor certification.
Make a difference in the lives of students who have disabilities with this distinguished credential. It’s geared for general education teachers who hold a valid New Jersey instructional certificate and want to teach students with disabilities in inclusive and special education settings. Earn your Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement or go on to pair it with the M.Ed. degree. The TSD programs are also available fully online.
TOSD Program or Master of Education Degree
The Teacher of Students with Disabilities program prepares already certified general education teachers seeking to teach students with disabilities in inclusive and special education settings. The 21-credit graduate program leads to eligibility for endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) in the level and for the subject(s) of the instructional certificate. The program is aligned with the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children, the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST), and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards.
An additional 15 credits are needed to qualify for a Master of Education degree. Students who want to pursue this option should see their advisor prior to finishing the program.
For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.
Administration & Leadership Programs
Advance your career in the education field as a principal or school business administrator. Leverage your leadership acumen and educational background as you set organization-wide strategies, take a hands-on approach to managing operations, and direct the entire community to success.
The master’s program in Administration and Leadership develops leaders and administrators for New Jersey schools in the roles of school principal, school business administrator, school supervisor, and school administrator.
The 36-credit Administration and Leadership Program (ALP) develops visionary leaders who understand the factors that sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to learning and growth. It also provides the administrative know-how, best practices, and theoretical foundation to plan strategically, respond to issues effectively, and manage complex school organizations with integrity and efficiency. The program also aids candidates’ understanding of the social, legal, economic, cultural, and political context of schools and their ability to collaborate with professional staff, families, agencies, and others to achieve common goals on behalf of students. Program emphasis is on evidence-based decision making to improve instruction and student learning outcomes. The program is aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.
The program leads to a Master of Arts in Administration and Leadership and eligibility for a Certificate of Eligibility as Principal. Additional courses and testing are necessary for a Certificate of Eligibility for School Administrator and for School Business Administrator.
Georgian Court’s education programs were designed to enable candidates to meet professional standards in their respective area of study. Each course includes one or more performance assessments or artifacts demonstrating knowledge, skill, and/or dispositions that link to the standards. As candidates progress through their programs, these artifacts are archived in an electronic or e-portfolio on Taskstream and monitored by program faculty. The e-portfolio also includes reflections, journal entries, and other self-assessments that contribute to a candidate’s professional development, reflective practice, and habit of lifelong learning. By the end of the program, candidates have amassed a substantial body of evidence that they have met Georgian Court’s and the professional standards within the candidate’s respective field.
Internship in Administration & Leadership
The internship is a two-part capstone experience in the Master of Arts in Administration and Leadership program during which candidates apply leadership and management knowledge and skills learned in the program to the practice of educational administration. Candidates prepare a reflective written, culminating report and a portfolio describing their internship experience. The report, portfolio, and preparation process are described in the program’s Guidelines for the Internship. Candidates are guided through the internship by assigned university professors and by local school district administrators and supervisors. The course is aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards. Candidates earn 6 graduate credits over the two-semester period of the internship.
The M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration prepares candidates for positions at the college/university level as well as for professional roles in nonprofit higher education associations and government institutions. This 36-credit program equips students with the critical skills to direct multifaceted operations while providing an exceptional educational experience to students. Graduates of the program are prepared to seek employment in a variety of areas, such as residence life, commuter services, admissions, financial aid, leadership development, Greek affairs, student activities, academic advising, registrar, athletics, student rights and diversity advocacy, academic advising, student recreation, career services, and academic support programs.
The school business administrator is vital to the school’s leadership team and acts as the school’s chief financial officer. You’ll sharpen your knowledge of best practices in planning, grant management, budgeting, and other aspects of school function. Upon completing this 18-credit program, you’ll qualify for New Jersey administrative certification as a school business administrator.
- Post-Master’s School Business Administrator Endorsement (18 credits)
Post-Master’s School Business Administrator Endorsement:
- AC501 Survey of Accounting (3)
- EC501 Economic Survey (3)
- EDC5101 School Law (3)
- EDC6101 Organizational Leadership Theory in the Inclusive School (3)
- EDC6102 Organizational Leadership Practice in the Inclusive School (3)
- EDC6104 Financial Management (3)
Direct a school district’s curriculum, instruction, and staff development with certification as a school supervisor. Some GCU graduates have used this educational foundation to go on to become assistant superintendents. You must already have an master’s degree to get into this 12-credit program, which is available both on campus and fully online.
- Post-Master’s School Supervisor Endorsement (12 credits)
Post-Master’s School Supervisor Endorsement:
- EDC5010 Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School (3)
- EDC5013 Curricular Leadership & Management for Diverse & Inclusive Schools (3)
- EDC5102 Supervision of Instruction in Inclusive Schools (3)
- EDC6401 Supervision & Leadership of Instruction & Learning (3)