Optional Masters Degree in Elementary or Secondary Education

Candidates can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Elementary/Secondary Education upon successful completion of the New Pathways to Teaching program. All New Pathways courses must be taken for credit or converted to credit.  An additional 12 credits are needed for M.A.T. Degree in Elementary/Secondary Education. There is a 5 year limit for course credit conversion.

Additional Courses Needed for Master’s Degree:

  • EDU 654 Challenges in Urban Education
  • EDU 629 Individualizing the Learning Experience
  • EDU 621 Research Methods in Education
  • EDU 619 Research Seminar (EDU 621 is prerequisite) 

The four additional courses for the degree program must be taken at the completion of the New Pathways certification sequence and are offered during the summer and the regular academic school year. 

There is a seven-year limit on courses to be accepted into the master’s program. Candidates who completed NPTNJ before Fall 2018 may not have taken all these courses and will need additional credits.

Apply for the Elementary Education MAT

Apply for the Secondary Education MAT

Optional Masters Degree in Special Education

A Master of Arts in Teaching degree with certification in Teachers of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) may be earned by completing the following:

  • 21 credits needed for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities license
  • 12 of the 24 credits from New Pathways (taken for credit or converted to credit)
  • 1 additional 3-credit course
  • Passing score on Special Education Praxis II

Apply for the Special Education MAT

Optional Masters Degree in ESL

A Master of Arts Degree with certification in English as a Second Language may be earned by completing the following:

  • 26 credits from the ESL New Pathways Program
  • Additional courses: MCC 626 Survey and Development of English as a Second Language Material (3 credits); MCC 650 Research Urban Education in ESL/Bilingual Education (3 credits)
  • 10 credits of electives

Apply Here for the ESL M.A. Degree  

Credit Conversions

If you would like to convert your non-credit courses to graduate credit so that you can use them towards one of these degree programs, get more information here.