The MAT in History

Master of Arts for Teachers

The M.A.T. in History is a terminal degree for students who are preparing for - or are already engaged in - careers in secondary school teaching. It does not by itself provide certification for teaching in New Jersey public schools. However, M.A.T. students are usually permitted to earn a portion of their program credits in graduate or advanced undergraduate courses in an approved Education Department, thus securing some of the education credits needed for New Jersey certification.  The student must apply separately to the Urban Education Program to work toward certification.  Upon completion of the program the student must take the Praxis exam.

Degree Requirements

The program consists of 30 credits, at least 18 of which must be in graduate history courses, and up to 12 of which may be in approved education courses.

M.A.T. students choose from among the same graduate history courses, and must meet the same class reading and writing requirements, as M.A. students. However, M.A.T. students:

  • do not select a major field and a minor field
  • do not have a thesis option
  • must write a Master's Essay

All M.A. and M.A.T. students are expected to maintain a "B" or better average through the duration of their studies; otherwise, they may not be allowed to remain in the program.

Certification to Teach in New Jersey

The M.A.T. Program does not provide certification. New Jersey certification requires 30 credits in particular education courses, 12 of which may be counted toward the M.A.T. Hence, a student wishing to pursue both the M.A.T. in History and certification would have to take a total of 48 credits (12 fewer than if the student pursued the M.A.T. and certification separately).

Please note that acceptance into the M.A.T. program does not guarantee acceptance into the Urban Teacher Education Program. Students who are interested in becoming certified to teach in New Jersey schools must satisfy the following requirements for admission into the Urban Teacher Education Program:

  • 2.8 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Grades of B or better in:
    • 2 English Composition Courses (R-N: 101/102 or 103/104; NJIT: HUM 101/102 and/or HUM 211/212)
    • College Algebra, College Algebra Int., or Math for the Liberal Arts (Grade of “C” or better in Pre-calculus is acceptable)
    • 2 Laboratory Science Courses

Program Guidelines

Foundations Courses

The following are required:

  • Social Foundations of Urban Schools 26:300:500 (3)
  • Adolescent Psychology and the Urban Experience 26:300:501 (3)
  • The Urban Teacher Education Department requires one course studying a culture represented by the urban schoolchildren of New Jersey. Many different courses fulfill this requirement. Please see the student advisor if you have any questions.

After admission to the Urban Teacher Education Program, you will pursue Secondary Certification.

Courses for Secondary Certification:

  • 26:300:500 Social Foundations of Urban Schools
  • Issues in Urban Education 21:300:540 (3)
  • Information and Communication Technologies in Secondary Schools 21:300:410 (3)
    Note: The above courses should be taken together during fall semester.
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary School 21:300:386 (3)
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Classrooms 21:300:388 (3)
    Note: The above courses should be taken together during spring semester.

Final Steps

You will need to meet with an UTEP advisor to obtain special permission numbers for each of these classes, to discuss the appropriate Praxis test for your certification, the mandatory TB test, and if you did not take Biology you will need to take a multiple choice health exam (True/False Hygiene Test):

  • One semester prior to student teaching** you must enroll in the Secondary Practicum 21:300:414/418 (3). Requires 50-60 hours in a NPS (Newark Public School) classroom. You will be placed with a Cooperating Mentor for this experience.
  • All students are required to complete Student Teaching and Seminar 21:300:487 (6). You will be placed with a NPS Cooperating Teacher for your student teaching experience. You may NOT take any other courses while you are student teaching . However if you need to keep your status as a full-time student, you may enroll in one or both of the Supervised Teaching courses 21:300:427/428 (3).

** Note: You must successfully pass the Praxis and finish all requirements before you will be permitted to Student Teach.

Exit Requirements

  • Grade of B or better in all courses within the Urban Teacher Education Program.

How do I obtain more information about the MAT History program?

For specific question pertaining to the History program, contact Ms. Christina Strasburger

For questions pertaining to the teacher certification portion of the program, please contact Ms. Ivette Rosario at  

Department of Urban Education
Room 151, Bradley Hall
110 Warren Street
Rutgers University
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973)353-3528