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

1–2 years

Average time to complete


On Campus


$712/credit (2021-2022)

Total credits


Time of entry

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.



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

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Bruess, Lili

Associate Professor
School of Education
Raymond Hall West 202

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Claire Gallagher

Gallagher, Claire

School of Education
Raymond Hall West

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Sardone, Dr. Nancy

Professor of Education
School of Education
Raymond Hall

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Smorra, Mary Ann

School of Education
Raymond Hall West

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Hyuksoon Song

Song, Hyuksoon

Associate Professor
Director of Student Data and Program Evaluation
School of Education
Raymond Hall 208

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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
Lafayette Mills Elementary School

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