Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

Chair: Jason Fitzgerald, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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

M.A.T. students are expected to have completed the content discipline prior to beginning the graduate program. Some Monmouth University students are admitted to graduate study before a coherent sequence of at least thirty credits in a recognized liberal arts discipline (e.g., art, English, mathematics) has been completed. These students are expected to complete all remaining undergraduate course work at Monmouth University. In cases where the students are unable to take the appropriate classes at Monmouth due to time conflicts, the student may be given permission to take one or all of these discipline-specific courses at a two-year institution. In these limited cases, the Monmouth University M.A.T. students who obtain permission to enroll at two-year institutions while in the M.A.T. program may transfer the credits to Monmouth during their last semester in the M.A.T. program. These credits will be posted to a Monmouth University undergraduate transcript after completion of their M.A.T. program.

Curriculum and Instruction also offers certificate programs. The post-baccalaureate Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) Certificate program provides training to those who are not certified K-12 classroom teachers but are interested in receiving formal TESOL training. This training enables them to teach English as a Second Language in adult communities or abroad.

The subject endorsement in Chinese - Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) is a twenty-four-credit non-degree program (fifteen credits of course work and nine credits of student teaching) that prepares teachers for K-12 Chinese classrooms. Students may apply directly to the program after earning a bachelor's degree in the Chinese language and culture or equivalent. Students with a strong Chinese language and culture background who are seeking a career change to become a first-time teacher may also apply.

The programs in teacher preparation link research and practice by ensuring candidates have the opportunity to work with students, teachers, and school leaders in a wide range of local school, university, and community settings. they are designed to instill a commitment to lifelong learning. Undergraduate and graduate teacher education candidates must complete an approved content area major (e.g., Art, Biology, English, History, Mathematics, and Spanish) or equivalent to be recommended for the Early Childhood, Elementary, or Content Teaching Credential in New Jersey.