BA or BS/MAT (4+1)
The bachelor’s degree/MAT (henceforth referred to as BA/MAT) concentration allows Drew students the opportunity to take up to four classes that count for both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students interested in enrolling in the BA/MAT concentration complete an application in spring of their sophomore year. When approved, they are eligible to take the following four courses:
- Foundations (either EDUC 500 School and Society or EDUC 505 Education Policy) – Fall Junior Year
- EDUC 501 The Developing Learner – Spring Junior Year
- EDUC 502 Assessment in Education – Fall Senior Year
- EDUC 503 Instructional Design – Spring Senior Year
The senior year courses include field-based work that can count as the required off-campus experience.
Students who are successful in the BA/MAT concentration 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 content area (English, math, science, social studies, world language, art, music). BA/MAT concentration students are eligible to earn a second certification in either Special Education or ESL as part of 5th year programming.
Students do not need to complete the course sequence to graduate from Drew with a BA/BS. Courses not completed as part of the undergraduate degree must be completed during the MAT year.
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 concentration 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 concentration.
Students in the BA/MAT concentration must meet the following criteria to be accepted to the MAT:
- Passed Praxis I Core Test for Basic Skills or state-approved equivalent
- Passed Praxis II Content Knowledge Test
- Earned grades of “B” or better in all completed EDUC coursework
- Earned an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
- Completed sufficient coursework to comply with requirements for either secondary or elementary education teacher certification (see below).
- Submit two letters of recommendation from Drew Faculty.
- Submit personal statement.
Applications must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions (email@example.com) by February 1 of the senior year. At the point of completing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and moving completely into the Master of Arts program, Drew students are required to:
New Jersey State Coursework Requirements
- 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 a student’s 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 BA/MAT Coordinator, Dr. Nancy Vitalone-Raccaro.