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M.S. in Teaching: Subject Matter

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Our Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T) Subject Matter offers the unique opportunity to earn your master's degree while simultaneously pursuing a New Jersey teaching certificate. 

The M.S.T. program is offered as a full-time program only and is in hybrid format. The program can be completed 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, our students are grouped together in a cohort.

The M.S.T. program has a limited enrollment of approximately 25 students per year. If you are completing your undergraduate studies at Rowan, you 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 about NJTOP, click here.

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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
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 33 S.H.
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.

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions 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 will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed foundation courses
  • $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.
Masters in Teaching

Career Outlook

While a master's degree certainly prepares you to educate your students on a higler level, there are financial benefits for you, as well. Teachers with a master's degree in the K-12 setting earn, on average, between 22 and 43 percent more than their counterparts who hold a bachelor's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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