5-Year Masters of Teaching Program (MAT) Overview
Students may choose to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in just five years. Students will major in an appropriate field (Biology, Chemistry, English, History, or Mathematics) to receive their Bachelor’s Degree. As part of the dual degree, they will receive their Master’s Degree with an initial teaching certification from New Jersey State approved Masters in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3); Elementary Education (K-6) and Secondary Education (K-12, concentrating on 9-12). In addition, students may seek Middle School Endorsement (5-8) with subject specialization.
First-year students should contact the Chair of the Education Division, Dr. Fasanella at firstname.lastname@example.org for full information concerning the dual degree.
Please review the recommended sequence of courses.
What you’ll study:
Child development, curriculum design, research-based instructional practices, integrating technology for teaching and learning, developing reading readiness and literacy in all learners, addressing the needs of the special needs learner, and classroom assessment
What you can do:
An endorsement is available for Middle School with subject specialization.
- In order to be admitted into the program, teacher candidates must maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA, successfully complete all prerequisite courses, pass all sections of the Praxis Core and fulfill all requirements of the appropriate major leading to a Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree. (Appropriate majors are for secondary education Mathematics, English, History, Biology, Chemistry)
- In order to graduate with the MAT, teacher candidates must maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA; pass all sections of Praxis Core, pass the appropriate Praxis II; and, successfully pass the edTPA teacher portfolio assessment.
- Teacher Candidates must complete the full program of study to receive the MAT. If students complete at the BA level, the graduate level courses will be returned to undergraduate status.
New Jersey pays its teachers significantly above the national average. Below are the median salaries for New Jersey teachers:
- Elementary School: $64,800
- Middle School: $65,780
- Secondary School: $68,650
- Technical Secondary: $65,410
These are the current expected job-growth rates for New Jersey teachers:
- Elementary School: 4.7 percent
- Middle School: 7.8 percent
- Secondary School: 5.2 percent
- Technical Secondary: 16.5 percent
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Karen P. Fasanella, Ed.D.
Dr. Fasanella received an Ed.D. from Seton Hall University in Educational Administration and Supervision. She received her Principal/Supervisor Licenses after participating in an Educational Administration and Supervision Licensure program at Saint Peter's University. In addition, Dr. Fasanella holds an M.A. in Literacy Education/Literacy Specialist and a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New Jersey City University. In addition to licenses as Principal and Supervisor, Dr. Fasanella has been awarded licenses in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and as a Reading Specialist.
Dr. Fasanella has served as an educator and administrator in the PreK-12 setting in both public and private schools. She has also served in higher education as an adjunct professor for over 15 years. As an adjunct, Dr. Fasanella has served Manhattan College, William Paterson University, Caldwell University, and Saint Peter's University teaching pre-teaching candidates to Doctoral Candidates, serving also as Doctoral Dissertation Mentor. She most recently served as Associate Dean for Academic Success and Associate Professor at Felician University.
As principal, Dr. Fasanella created a Professional Teaching Portfolio for evaluation purposes. For her efforts, Dr. Fasanella was awarded the Today's Catholic Teacher Innovations in Education Award. Dr. Fasanella was also named Distinguished National Principal by the United States Department of Education. In addition, the National Catholic Education Association awarded Dr. Fasanella the Distinguished Principal Award.
EDC 506 INTRODUCTION TO CURRICULUM DESIGN I: RESEARCH BASED PRACTICE
EDC 508 INTRODUCTION TO CURRICULUM DESIGN II: EFFECTIVE TEACHINGMETHODS IN THE CONTENT AREAS
EDC 511 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT
EDC 528 CHILDHOOD ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT (Early Childhood)
EDC 514 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PRE-ADOLESCENT AND ADOLESCENTLEARNER AND IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHING (Secondary/Middle School)
EDC 516 CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING (Early Childhood and Elementary)
EDC 519 EDUCATING THE CHILD WITH DISABILITIES IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM
EDC 521 DEVELOPING LITERACY ACROSS THE GRADES: METHODS AND STRATEGIES
EDC 553 SCHOOL AND SOCIETY
EDC 620 CLINICAL PRACTICE I
EDC 622 CLINICAL PRACTICE II
EDC 624 CLINICAL PRACTICE SEMINAR