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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Earn your Master of Arts (M.A.T.) in Teaching at Georgian Court University and join an education program with a long history of excellence in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Led by educators who are also strong role models, GCU is first and foremost dedicated to, and known for, exceptional teaching and learning.

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Program Highlights

Degree

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

1–2 years

Average time to complete

Delivery

On Campus

Cost

$712/credit (2021-2022)

Total credits

43–46

Time of entry

Spring/Summer/Fall
Georgian Court University Master of Arts in Teaching Associate Professor Dr. Hyuksoon Song

Master of Arts (M.A.T.)

in Teaching

Blending theory and practice, our M.A.T. degree brings together faculty from diverse backgrounds who are deeply engaged in our students’ learning and actively involved in the campus community. Field experiences begin early in the program, giving you more opportunities to apply your learning and gain practical skills. You can also participate in GCU-funded research projects, conducting and presenting your work, often in close collaboration with faculty.

Special

Education

Every graduate of our program is qualified to teach special education, a highly sought-after skill set in today’s schools. For Georgian Court undergraduate students, the option to complete your teaching master’s degree in just one year (as part of our 4+1 program) also means exceptional time and cost savings.

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Tailor your master’s degree in teaching according to your interests and career objectives. We offer four different teacher education programs for individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree:

Program Information

Teacher Education Programs Leading to Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The School of Education offers four different teacher education programs for individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree, earning a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Each of the four teacher education programs leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) and an endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) from the New Jersey Department of Education in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education (P–3);
  • Elementary Education (K–6);
  • English as a Second Language (K–12);
  • Teacher of a Specific Subject (K–12 or Secondary Education in art, biology, business, chemistry, English, health and physical education, mathematics, social studies, or Spanish).

The bachelor’s degree must be in a content major (minimum 30 credits); early childhood education (P–3), elementary education (K–6), and English as a Second Language (ESL) majors include: biology, chemistry, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, natural sciences, psychology, Spanish, and visual art; and Subject-Specific majors include biology, business, chemistry, exercise science, English, history, mathematics, Spanish, and visual art.

M.A.T. Program Sequence

Semester 1:  Core Competency Courses (Earn a B or better in each course.)

ESL Education Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education Clinical Hours
EDC5110 EDC5110 EDC5110 EDC5110
EDC5038 + EDC5999 EDC5038 + EDC5999 EDC5038 + EDC5999 EDC5038 + EDC5999 CE (50 hrs.)

Semester 2

ESL Education Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education Clinical Hours
EDC5113 ECE5201 EDC5115 EDC5120
EDC5021 ECE5202 EDC5210 EDC5215
EDC5403 EDC5403 EDC5403 EDC5403
EDC5026 ECE5203 EDC5207 EDC5229, EDC5231, EDC5232, EDC5233, EDC5234, EDC5236, EDC5237, or EDC5238 CE (50 hrs.) Secondary Education Program Only

Semester 3 (Offered Summer but Could Be Completed in Semester 2 or 4)

ESL Education Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education Clinical Hours
EDC5402 EDC5402 EDC5402 EDC5402

Semester 4

ESL Education Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education Clinical Hours
EDC5022 ECE5204 EDC5211 EDC5330, EDC5331, EDC5332, EDC5333, EDC5334, EDC5335, EDC5336, or EDC5337
EDC5027 ECE5205 EDC5208
EDC5206 EDC5206 EDC5206 EDC5206
EDC6210 ECE6212 EDC6214 EDC6215 PT-CP (175 hrs.)

Semester 5

ESL Education Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education Clinical Hours
EDC6299 ECE6302 EDC6404 EDC6406 FT-CP (15 wks)
EDC6300 ECE6303 EDC6405 EDC6407

Advanced Standing Admission to Teacher Education Programs leading to a M.A.T. degree

Undergraduate students entering a teacher education program with advanced standing leading to a M.A.T. degree will have completed the required Core Competency courses as part of their undergraduate degree. As such, the equivalent graduate-level coursework and credits will not be required. The Core Competency courses are embedded in all teacher education programs: Early Childhood (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (K–12), and Subject-Specific (K–12) and Secondary Education.

The graduate and equivalent undergraduate Core Competency courses are: 

  • EDC5110 Ethics & Foundations of Incl & SpEd = ED3110 Ethics & Foundations of Incl & SpEd
  • EDC5038 Psychology of the Exceptional Child = PS245 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • EDC5999 Field Experience in Special Education = ED2999 Field Experience in Special Education

Physiology and Hygiene

New Jersey Department of Education regulations requires all applicants for instructional certification to pass an examination in physiology and hygiene (P&H), including the effects of narcotics and alcohol. Candidates admitted to a pre-service teacher education program are required to self-study and pass the GCU P&H exam in the first semester, prior to clinical experience.

Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB)

New Jersey Department of Education regulations requires all applicants for instructional certification to be trained in harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB). Candidates admitted to a pre-service teacher education program are required to self-study and pass the GCU HIB exam in the first semester, prior to clinical experience.

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (CARE)

New Jersey Department of Education regulations requires all applicants for instructional certification to be trained in how to identify sign of child abuse and neglect and how to report such observances (CARE). Candidates admitted to a pre-service teacher education program are required to self-study and pass the GCU CARE exam in the first semester, prior to clinical experience.

Clinical Experience & Clinical Practice

Georgian Court’s Teacher Education programs provide the candidate ample opportunity to develop not only theoretical knowledge about teaching and learning in general, inclusive, and special education, but the practical skills needed to plan instruction for a diverse group of students, manage classroom behaviors, work with school professionals, understand the culture and nuances of school, and interact positively with parents and caregivers. The programs include clinical experience in both inclusive and special education settings and two consecutive semesters of clinical practice.

To be approved for clinical practice, candidates must have an earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, passed the requisite Praxis II tests, passed the GCU exams (P&H, HIB, and CARE), and completed all prerequisite and program courses. Clinical practice consists of two consecutive semesters of fieldwork, the first consisting of part-time practice (175 hours) and the second semester of full-time practice. Full-time clinical practice consists of 15 weeks in which the candidate gradually assumes the responsibility for teaching. Placements for clinical practice are made by the director of field placement in collaboration with school district administrators to assure an appropriate match between the candidate and the school.

Concurrent with full-time Clinical Practice (9 credits), candidates participate in a Reflective Practice Seminar (3 credits) and are required to attend weekly meetings focusing on their clinical practice and the development of a comprehensive teaching portfolio. edTPA is a New Jersey Department of Education mandated performance assessment (portfolio). Completing the edTPA performance assessment is a School of Education requirement; passing the assessment is required for state certification. Additional Reflective Practice Seminar topics include, but are not limited to, classroom management, district policies, safety, school law, and emerging issues. Sharing of experiences and best practices in small groups, learning about certification processes, and honing job search skills through mock interviews are the cornerstones. Clinical practice is an intensive and critical professional experience. For this reason, School of Education policy prohibits clinical interns from taking other courses during clinical practice and strongly recommends that clinical interns not engage in employment during the 15-week clinical practice.

Electronic Portfolios (e-Portfolios)

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 (artifacts) demonstrating the candidate’s knowledge, skill, and/or dispositions that link to the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards (NJPTS). As candidates progress through their program courses, artifacts are archived in an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) on the Task Stream platform and are evaluated by program faculty. The e-portfolio can also include 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 professional standards.




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Hyuksoon Song

Hyuksoon Song, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director of Student Data and Program Evaluation
School of Education
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Lili Bruess, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
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Maryann Smorra, Ed.D.

Professor
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Nancy B. Sardone, Ph.D.

Professor of Education
School of Education
Raymond Hall
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Why Earn Your Master’s in Teaching at GCU?

Our comprehensive curriculum encompasses traditional learning and field experience. You’ll gain practical knowledge and skills that translate seamlessly into a thriving career in teaching, while saving time and money earning your master’s degree.

Here are more reasons to pursue your master’s in teaching at Georgian Court.

Diverse Experiences and Expertise

Led by experienced teacher educators who understand education from an academic point of view, our program is defined by a unique blend of theory and teaching expertise. Our faculty are educationally and demographically diverse, bringing a variety of perspectives to the classroom. We also benefit from a strong advisory board comprised of teachers, students, alumni, and school administrators.

Field Experiences and Research Opportunities

Our master’s in teaching gets you into the classroom early in your program—applying lessons from your coursework as you develop real-world professional skills. We also offer opportunities to study abroad and to work on research projects with faculty.

Faculty Who Are Supportive, Involved, and Engaged

At GCU, you’ll never feel like a number. Classes are small, and professors know your name. If you have a question, your instructors are here to help. Beyond the classroom, you’ll also find that our teaching faculty are actively involved in student organizations and other areas of campus life.

Acknowledged for Excellence

Georgian Court’s online graduate education programs, which include Master of Arts programs in areas such as autism spectrum disordersEnglish as a second language, and teacher of students with disabilities, were ranked #13 on GradReports’ 25 Best Online Master’s in Education Degree Programs 2020 list. Graduates from these GCU programs had a median starting salary of $53,700.

Maximum Value for Your Education

We offer financial aid and “pay-as-you-go” plans, as well as teacher loan forgiveness of up to $5,000 for teachers who teach for five years in low-income schools and meet other requirements. TEACH Grant funding may also be available depending on your selected program.

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What Can You Do With a Master of Arts in Teaching?

Prepare to teach in diverse classrooms and school settings with an M.A.T. degree from GCU. Each of our four teacher education programs leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) and an endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Master of Arts in Teaching Jobs

Examples of teaching jobs you may pursue with an M.A.T. degree include:

  • kindergarten teacher,
  • elementary school teacher,
  • middle school teacher,
  • high school teacher,
  • special education teacher,
  • parish teacher, and
  • librarian.

Master of Arts in Teaching Salary

How much can you earn as a teacher? Here are average teaching salaries for New Jersey, grades K–12, based on recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • elementary school teachers: $73,330
  • middle school teachers: $74,950
  • high school teachers: $78,900
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My experience during the M.A.T. Graduate Program at GCU has been filled with endless professor support, professional learning opportunities within classrooms, and valuable exploration working with evidence-based teaching practices. Our intimate education community allows you to create supportive and encouraging bonds with your fellow peers. As I leave this program, I feel well prepared to begin my career and confident in my abilities as an educator in the future.
Master of Arts in Teaching student
Danielle Evangelista ’21
Teacher
Lafayette Mills Elementary School

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