Teacher Education (M.A.T.)

Teacher Education (M.A.T.)

Welcome to the Rutgers-Camden Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. Whether you’re pursuing a teaching career or are a certified educator looking to deepen your expertise in a specific academic area, Rutgers University–Camden is here to support your path to success. Our M.A.T. degree program provides students with a solid and practical foundation in pedagogy, classroom methods, and educational theory.


The Teacher Education (M.A.T.) program aligns with the New Jersey Department of Education code requirements and provides students with an academic year (Fall and Spring) placement in a local school for hands-on practical learning experiences.

Students will come away with a solid theoretical background in educational practice, a comprehensive picture of diversity and its role in classrooms and schools, a clear understanding of best clinical practices, and an appreciation of professional practices and responsibilities.

Concentrations offered through the Rutgers-Camden M.A.T.:

 Early Childhood Education (33 Credits)

After completing all coursework and state licensure requirements, the Early Childhood concentration allows you to teach language arts literacy, mathematics, science, computer and information literacy, and social studies in preschool through grade three classrooms. 

 Elementary Education (30 credits)

After completing all coursework and state licensure requirements, the Elementary Education concentration allows you to teach language arts literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies in grades kindergarten through six, and to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, and spelling, for basic skills purposes only, in grades six through 12.

 Secondary Education (30 Credits)

After completing all coursework and state licensure requirements, the Secondary Education concentration allows you to teach the subject matter of your endorsement (e.g. English) and only that subject at all grade levels. In practice, you will likely teach your subject in departmentalized grades 5 – 12. Certification areas:

  • Art
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theater
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (Approval issued in February)

 Special Education (30 Credits)

Please note: This concentration is best suited for already-licensed teachers.

The Special Education concentration allows you to teach students classified with disabilities in your content and/or grade-level endorsements. You may provide consultative services and supportive resource programs including modification and adaptation of curriculum and instruction to students with disabilities in general education programs in grades preschool through 12. This sequence is ideal for those who have already earned a teaching license and are seeking an MAT with a special education concentration.  Upon approval from the NJ Department of Education, currently licensed teachers will be eligible to earn an NJ Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement upon completion of the MAT.

Program Overview



DEGREEMaster of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Accelerated option available
Teacher of Student with Disabilities Certificate available
CREDITSElementary Secondary Education and Special Education Concentrations – 30 credits | Early Childhood Education – 33 credits
FORMATFull-time or part-time, on-campus
DURATION4-6 semesters
FUNDINGUniversity and Graduate School (Partial Funding Only)

Program in Action

The Rutgers Board of Governors approved the new Department of Education and Teacher Preparation, overseeing education programs at Graduate School–Camden.

The Rutgers Camden M.A.T. program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), effective October 24, 2016.

On this FAQ page, you will find answers to MAT admission requirements, program testing criteria, course sequences, application eligibility, Praxis test details, and licensure-related inquiries.

Admissions Requirements



TRANSCRIPTS Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate school
3.0 GPA in Bachelor’s degree or higher
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION Two letters of recommendation
PERSONAL STATEMENT A statement regarding the applicant’s personal and professional goals and experience
LICENSEFor Special Education concentration candidates only, proof of current teaching license

Application Deadlines

Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.




Reach Out to Us

Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.


Dr. Sara Becker

Graduate Director
(856) 225-6409


Erick E. Watt-Udogu

Assistant Dean, Graduate School-Camden
(856) 225-6149

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