15 months
1157 USD/credit 27768 USD/year
1157 USD/credit 27768 USD/year
742 USD/credit 17808 USD/year
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The Department of Secondary and Middle School Education provides opportunities for all students to engage in coursework relevant to their area of specialty and to introduce them to current, innovative, and culturally relevant teaching strategies enabling them to be effective teachers.  The Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12) program is offered by William Paterson University of New Jersey.


Content areas include: Art, Biological Science, Chemistry, Chinese, Earth Science, English, French, Japanese, Music, Physical Science, Social Studies, and Spanish: The MAT K-12 is a 30-credit, 15-month program, in which students earn initial certification and a master of arts in teaching degree in their subject area. The program requires a full-time, year-long residency in area schools. As part of their program, students implement their action research projects during the final (second) summer semester. Students who complete all program requirements will be recommended to the NJDOE for a Certificate of Eligibility for Advanced Standing by the Office of Certification and Education Enrollment in the College of Education.

For the alternate route, Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12) students are required to hold a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and be full-time teachers of record in a school district. Students receive a year (or 11 months) of mentorship and pursue initial certification and a master of arts in teaching degree in their subject area.

Our Mission

William Paterson University of New Jersey is a public institution that offers an outstanding and affordable education to a diverse traditional and nontraditional student body through baccalaureate, graduate and continuing education programs. 

The University's distinguished teachers, scholars and professionals actively challenge students to high levels of intellectual and professional accomplishment and personal growth in preparation for careers, advanced studies and productive citizenship.  Faculty and staff use innovative approaches to research, learning and student support to expand students’ awareness of what they can accomplish.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Art of Teaching in the 21st Century
  • Knowing Your Adolescent Learner 
  • Knowing Your Profession
  • Mathematics Content and Pedagogy Colloquium
  • Science Content and Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an appropriate academic major in the Subject Field Area
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Resume to include names and contact information of two (2) references. 
  • Passing score on PRAXIS Core exam in reading, writing and math
  • Submission of Residency Application
    • Pass Hygiene requirement

    Tuition Fee

    To alway see correct tuition fees
    • International

      27768 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 1157 USD per credit during 15 months.
    • National

      27768 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 1157 USD per credit during 15 months.
    • In-State

      17808 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 742 USD per credit during 15 months.

    Living costs for Passaic

    1226 - 3019 USD /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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