M.S. in Teaching: Subject Matter

M.S. in Teaching: Subject Matter

M.S. in Teaching: Subject Matter

The Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) Subject Matter program offers the unique opportunity for students to pursue an initial New Jersey teaching certificate and a Master's degree simultaneously.

The M.S.T. program is offered as a full-time program only and is in hybrid format. Students complete the program in 12 months with 3 courses the first summer session and two academic semesters of full-time courses. Two full-time, semester-long clinical internship placements in public schools are also required. Throughout the program, students are grouped together in a cohort. The MST program has a limited enrollment of approximately 25 students per year. Students completing their undergraduate studies at Rowan may be able to take up to two program courses using the senior privilege option. Please contact the program advisor with for more information about this option.

We highly recommend that you meet with the program advisor for a transcript review, to assure that you have taken all necessary pre-requisite courses for certification.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) Subject Matter program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.



The Rowan University Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) Subject Matter program requires the completion of 33 semester hours (s.h.).


The following courses make up the M.S. in Teaching: Subject Matter program.

  • 9 Courses / 33 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
SMED 60550 Schools & Society: Foundations for Secondary Teaching 3
SMED 60552 Teaching Content in Diverse Classrooms 3
SMED 60553 Creating Supportive Middle and High School Learning Environments 3
SMED 60560 Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment I 3
READ 30520 Content Area Literacy 3
BLED 40512 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition for Teaching Languages 3
SMED 60562 Clinical Practice I 3
SMED 60561 Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment II 3
SELN 60557 Effective Inclusive Instruction in English, Social Studies, Theater, and World Language Classrooms 3
SMED 60563 Clinical Practice II 9

*All candidates will take READ 30520 except those pursuing teaching certification in a world language. Students pursuing teaching certification in a world language will take BLED 40512.

Total Program Semester Hours: 33

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Submission of official test results demonstrating passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Praxis Core Basic Skills Tests (Reading, Writing, Math)

  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee to schedule the interview. The interview may be in person or via telephone.)

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)

  • Additional requirements per focus area

    • P-12 English
      • Passing scores on the PRAXIS II Exam: English (English Language, Literature and Composition: Content Knowledge)
      • Required Foundation Courses
    • P-12 Foreign Language
      • Passing scores on the PRAXIS II Exam: Content Knowledge - Spanish (159)
      • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): Passing with at least Advanced Low
      • Required Foundation Courses
    • P-12 Social Studies
      • Passing scores on the PRAXIS II Exam: Content Knowledge - Social Studies
      • Required Foundation Courses
  • This program requires 30 credits of content specific coursework and additional educational prerequisites. Please contact the program advisor for a list of all pre-requisites.


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.S. in Teaching: Subject Matter program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer May 18 February 15