Interested in Teaching English, Art, Music or Theater Arts?

Apply to Drew University’s B.A./M.A.T. 4+1 Program

Drew University’s 4+1 BA/Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree  in five years. The program provides a targeted path to dual teacher certification in elementary (grades 5-8) or secondary (grades 6-12) education and Teacher of Student with Disabilities (special education).  The MAT program is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

All MAT students receive dual certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities and either Elementary Education or one of the following specialty areas in secondary education:

  • Art
  • English
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts

It is recommended that candidates consult with the BA/MAT adviser prior to selecting a major.

Eligibility and Application CriteriaHow to apply

New undergraduate applicants to Drew (incoming freshman or transfer): Applicants indicate their interest in the BA/MAT program on their Drew College of Liberal Arts application and then when study begins at Drew, students will be contacted by the BA/MAT adviser to schedule an informational meeting about next steps needed to begin the program.

Current Drew undergraduate students: Interested students should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at to set up a meeting with the BA/MAT adviser as early as possible, preferably by their sophomore year.

Requirements for 4+1 Program:

Students begin taking classes toward their Master of Arts degree while in the junior or senior year at Drew (junior year is preferable).  Students complete up to four graduate courses that will count as elective credits toward their BA degree.  The specific courses require pre-approval of the BA/MAT adviser.   The suggested sequence of MAT courses to be taken while completing the Bachelor of Arts degree is below; however, with approval, the courses can be taken out of sequence.

Fall of Junior Year

  • MAT 805/EDUC 301: Introduction to Teaching for All Learners

    (4 credits)

Spring of Junior Year

  • MAT 801/EDUC 302: The Developing Learner (4 credits)
Fall of Senior Year

  • MAT 810/ EDUC 303: Differentiation of Instruction for Special Populations (4 credits)
Spring of Senior Year

  • MAT 808/ EDUC 304: Design for Instruction and Assessment  (4 credits)

Drew BA/MAT candidates must meet the following criteria to solidify formal acceptance to the MAT (this should generally be completed by February 1 of a student’s senior year):

  • Have passed Praxis I Core Test for Basic Skills or state-approved equivalent
  • Have passed Praxis II Content Knowledge Test
  • Have earned grades of “B” or better in all completed MAT/EDUC coursework
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Have submitted two letters of recommendation from Drew CLA faculty.
  • Submit letter of intent and a one page statement of interest in teaching to MAT director to

At the point of completing the Bachelor of Arts degree and moving completely into the Master of Arts program, Drew students are required to:

  • Have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Have completed sufficient coursework to comply with requirements for either secondary or elementary education teacher certification.
    • At least 60 credits in the liberal arts or sciences are required for NJ State teacher certification.
    • To be eligible for NJ State secondary education teacher certification a student must complete at least 30 credits in the content area that he/she wants to specialize in, with at least 12 of those credits being upper level courses (typically 300 level or higher). Majors compatible with certification in social studies include anthropology, history, economics and political science.
    • It is highly recommended that those interested in elementary education certification select a major such as math, English, history or one of the natural sciences.  For students with majors in all other areas it is recommended that a minor (or at least 15 credits) be completed in math, English, history or one of the natural sciences.  If 15 credits are completed in one of these four academic focus areas, students can obtain a grade 5-8 teaching endorsement certification, which is desirable for employment purposes.

Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to deny admission to the MAT Program if a student fails to meet all prerequisites, or if there are documented issues that raise concerns about his or her professional disposition for teaching. Students must meet all NJ Department of Education requirements for teaching certification, including citizenship, health, and security prerequisites.

For more information on registering for coursework or on the program, contact the Drew BA/MAT Faculty Adviser.

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