STEM Teacher Shortage

In the 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama made the need for highly qualified STEM teachers clear with his call to action to “prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering and math”. Another significant aspect of a report by the president’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stressed the importance of accelerating STEM learning for all students.

How You Can Help Fill That Void

Program Overview

Montclair State University’s Dual Certification with a focus on Inclusive iSTeM Education (concentrations for Science and Mathematics teachers) is a cutting-edge teacher education program that prepares middle and secondary math and science teachers through three interconnected strands of teacher preparation:

1. Rigorous content area preparation in math or science
2. Evidence-based inclusive practices
3. Integrative STEM (iSTeM) education

Graduates of this program complete 48 credits to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), NJ Initial Teaching Certification in math or science, and NJ Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement.

Program Requirements

Transcript: 1 (One from each college attended. Please see below for a complete definition of Official Transcripts.)
Portrait of a Teacher: 1
Letters of Recommendation: 2
Tests: Praxis (see test waiver policies)
Deadline: Rolling Admission

International Students: The TOEFL is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language (TOEFL Waiver Rules). Moreover, International students must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluator. Visit for a complete list of sanctioned accreditation agencies.

Students take courses in foundations of education, inclusive philosophy and methods, content area subject matter and pedagogy, and iSTEM education. More information about requirements based on content area.