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M.S. in Teaching: Subject Matter

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Program Information

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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.

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.

We highly recommend that you meet with the program advisor for a transcript review, to assure that you have taken all necessary prerequisite 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.

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 the NJ DOE, based on current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, visit:

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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

*READ 30520 is required for Social Studies and Theatre candidates. Students pursuing teaching certification in a world language must take BLED 40512. Students pursuing English certification can choose from either course.

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
  • Certificate Program Acknowledgement
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Official Recommendation Form is required
  • 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)
  • Submission of official test results demonstrating passing scores on the Praxis II test for area of specialization. Current requirements can be found on the NJ DOE licensure website:
  • Foundation coursework required (Prerequiste coursework in the content area to be taught required prior to admission)
    • This program requires 30 credits of content- specific coursework and additional educational prerequisites. Please contact the advisor for a list of all prerequisites
  • For individuals seeking certification in a world language, a passing score on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is required. See
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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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