Drew’s New MAT

Students now earn primary, secondary and special education certification with same degree.

Starting in fall 2015, students in Drew’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program will earn certification for teaching at both elementary and secondary schools, plus be certified in special education.

This dual certification program—a pioneer among New Jersey universities—allows graduates to receive two certificates, one in elementary or secondary education and one in special education. It was recently approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education.

“We are proud and excited to offer this expanded opportunity for new teachers,” said Robert Ready, dean of the Caspersen School. “By becoming dually certified, Drew’s MAT graduates will offer an additional level of expertise and also widen their career possibilities.”

Gail Hilliard-Nelson, director of the MAT program, explained that a dual degree makes sense for future educators: “Drew graduates will be more responsive to today’s educational demands and therefore more marketable.”

The expansion of the program marries strength with strength—for three years in a row, a graduate has been selected as an outstanding student teacher in the state of New Jersey.

Drew currently offers a Master of Arts in Teaching for secondary school teachers in 10 subject areas: biology, chemistry, English, French, Italian, mathematics, physics, social studies, Spanish and theatre arts. Drew undergraduates can earn both a bachelor’s and MAT degree in five years.

A national education accreditation organization gave Drew’s MAT program a five-year initial accreditation, which is the longest duration given by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for newly accredited programs.

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