Teaching. Learning. Leading!

Make a difference in the world. Become an inspiring teacher for the next generation. Join other aspiring teachers in Drew’s innovative Master of Arts in Teaching program.

About the Program

Prepare to meet the challenges of the 21st century classrooms with our MAT program, with teacher certification in elementary or secondary education. If you focus on secondary education, you can choose to specialize in one of these subjects: art, biology, chemistry, English, French, Italian, math, music, physics, Spanish, social studies or theatre arts.

You’ll learn to meet challenges of diversity in the classroom, especially in addressing the needs of students with special learning needs, in a variety of instructional settings. Once you complete our program, you will also be eligible for certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a highly valuable credential in today’s educational landscape.

Through your studies with us, you’ll learn to apply your interdisciplinary knowledge and pedagogical competencies to effectively educate all students and meet their academic, social and developmental needs. You’ll benefit from the way we merge theory and practice through the study of human development, pedagogy and educational policy and engage in a wide range of classroom experiences in urban and suburban settings and resource rooms to inclusive classrooms.

Academic Schedule

Our one-year, full-time track begins in May and ends the following May.
Our two-year, part-time track allows for a more flexible schedule.

No matter what track you choose, most MAT classes are:

  • Offered in early evenings, allowing students who are employed full-time the opportunity to pursue graduate study without giving up their professional lives.
  • Supported with three distinctive fieldwork experiences that occur throughout the program and are conducted during typical school hours:
    • introductory observations in preliminary coursework
    • 150 hours of observation and instruction in Clinical Practice I
    • Full-time classroom practice during Clinical Practice II

Courses & Curriculum

Program requirements and course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Admission

Application Requirements

All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate major or thirty credits in the subject the applicant wishes to teach. To comply with our TEAC accreditation requirements, all applicants must possess a degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants for the social studies may have an undergraduate major in either Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science or Sociology, but their studies must include twelve history credits (these must include at least one course in American History and one in World History).

All applicants must present the following:

  • Completed Application
  • $35 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Passing Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators scores*

* In lieu of Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators scores students may submit SAT, GRE or ACT test results. For details on qualifying GRE, SAT & ACT scores please refer to the New Jersey Department of Education Exemption sheet.

For more information on which Praxis I exam and to register, please visit the ETS Praxis® New Jersey Test Requirements webpage.

BA/MAT Application process

Drew University undergraduate students may choose to enroll in Drew’s 4+1 BA/MAT program to receive their bachelors, masters and dual teaching certification in as little as 5 years. A complete description of the program and the application process is available of the BA/MAT Information page.

International Applicants

In addition to the above materials, international applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores that are not more than two years old.  Applicants who have received their Bachelor’s degree from a foreign university, even if English was the language of instruction, must submit TOEFL scores that are not more than two years old and a transcript evaluation from a credential evaluation service.  Students from the following countries are exempt from this requirement: Canada, UK, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, and Australia. Applicants who have an advanced degree from a US institution may receive a TOEFL waiver and should reach out to Graduate Admission at 973-408-3111 or gradm@drew.edu for more information.

For more information on being an international student at Drew please visit our International Student & Scholar Services webpage or for more information on the I-20 process please visit our Caspersen School I-20 Process webpage.

Application Timeline

Applications to the MAT program are reviewed on a rolling basis for a May start term, with a priority admissions date of February 1. After February 1, applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Students who apply after that date may find have limited opportunities for scholarship funds.

Costs and Aid

Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance for the M.A.T. program can be found on the Business Office’s site.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are three types of financial assistance available to graduate students at Drew: federal financial aid, merit scholarships and part-time employment (on and off campus).

  • Federal financial aid requires completion of the FAFSA, which is available on-line and at www.fafsa.gov. Federal financial aid takes the form of loans and work-study money.
  • Merit scholarships are awarded based on the academic record presented through the application. These scholarships range from 10% to 80% of tuition. There is no separate application form for merit scholarships, your application for admission serves as your application for merit scholarships.

All applicants interested in receiving financial assistance should indicate so on the application form and must fill out the Supplemental Financial Aid form located in the application packet.

Learn more about financial aid in the graduate school.

Our Students

Meet Our Students

Breanne Calligaro

Program | Master of Arts in Teaching

"The students are a very dynamic group and my advisors and teachers have been extremely helpful and accommodating; I’ve really loved the experiences" - Read more
Frank Sedita

Program | Master of Arts in Teaching

"It takes a special person to teach well. Therefore, my advice is to try to take in and cherish everything that you are exposed to in the program and to realize that you have the amazing opportunity to help countless " - Read more
Kristin D. Leskowits

Program | Master of Arts in Teaching

"It's intensive, but also extremely rewarding. I know that the hard work and time I am putting in now will prepare me to be the best teacher that I can be. I find it extremely satisfying to work really hard, even struggle, and then succeed" - Read more
Mattew Gregory

Program | Master of Arts in Teaching

"The best thing that has happened for me in this program is that I have expanded my horizons and learned concepts that I would have never imagined before." - Read more
Natalie Aleman

Program | Master of Arts in Teaching

"My courses have stressed teaching 21st Century skills, and trying to stay one level ahead of any current trends in technology. This is extremely important both for me and for my students, and I have used these skills in my Field Experiences" - Read more
Sarah Wooton

Program | Master of Arts in Teaching

"I've really enjoyed my observations, but I've also loved getting to know the other students in my cohort. They are a bright, kind, and talented group of future teachers and I know they have great careers in front of them." - Read more
 

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