About the Program
The BA/MAT program allows Drew students the opportunity to take up to four classes that count for both undergraduate and graduate requirements and earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching degree in five years. Students interested in enrolling in the BA/MAT complete an application in spring of their sophomore year. When approved, they are eligible to take the following four courses:
- Foundations (either EDUC 310 School and Society or EDUC 315 Education Policy) – Fall Junior Year
- EDUC 311 The Developing Learner – Spring Junior Year
- EDUC 312 Assessment in Education – Fall Senior Year
- EDUC 313 Instructional Design – Spring Senior Year
The senior year courses include field-based work that can count as the required off-campus experience.
BA/MAT students apply formally for the MAT program by February 1 of senior year and complete the remaining requirements of the Master’s Degree in the 5th year. After the 5th year, students will be eligible for New Jersey teaching certification in either elementary K-6 or a secondary content area (English, math, science, social studies, world language). BA/MAT track students are eligible to earn a second certification in either Special Education or ESL as part of 5th year programming.
Eligibility and Application Criteria
Students with first and second year status should begin working toward a major in their chosen content area. In spring of sophomore year (or when transferring with junior status), interested students should apply to the BA/MAT track through the Office of Teacher Education. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and selected major that meets New Jersey state requirements for teaching certification in order to be admitted into the BA/MAT track.
Drew BA/MAT candidates must meet the following criteria to solidify formal acceptance to the MAT (this should generally be completed by February 1 of a student’s senior year):
- Have passed Praxis I Core Test for Basic Skills or state-approved equivalent
- Have passed Praxis II Content Knowledge Test
- Have earned grades of “B” or better in all completed MAT/EDUC coursework
- Have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
- Have submitted two letters of recommendation from Drew CLA faculty.
- Submit letter of intent and a one page statement of interest in teaching to MAT director to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the point of completing the Bachelor of Arts degree and moving completely into the Master of Arts program, Drew students are required to:
- Have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- Have completed sufficient coursework to comply with requirements for either secondary or elementary education teacher certification.
- At least 60 credits in the liberal arts or sciences are required for NJ State teacher certification.
- To be eligible for NJ State secondary education teacher certification a student must complete at least 30 credits in the content area that he/she wants to specialize in, with at least 12 of those credits being upper level courses (typically 300 level or higher). Majors compatible with certification in social studies include anthropology, history, economics and political science.
- It is highly recommended that those interested in elementary education certification select a major such as math, English, history or one of the natural sciences. For students with majors in all other areas it is recommended that a minor (or at least 15 credits) be completed in math, English, history or one of the natural sciences. If 15 credits are completed in one of these four academic focus areas, students can obtain a grade 5-8 teaching endorsement certification, which is desirable for employment purposes.
Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to deny admission to the MAT Program if a student fails to meet all prerequisites, or if there are documented issues that raise concerns about his or her professional disposition for teaching. Students must meet all NJ Department of Education requirements for teaching certification, including citizenship, health, and security prerequisites.
For more information on registering for coursework or on the program, contact the Drew BA/MAT Faculty Adviser.