The Rutgers-Camden Institute for Effective Education Masters in Science Teaching Certification Program

The MST Degree program enables college graduates with degrees in biology or chemistry (with a minimum of 30 credits in the desired licensure area) to earn a Masters in Science Teaching and certification to teach in New Jersey through a year-long program.

Everyone who has graduated from our program has been hired, within months of graduation, by a public school to teach science.

The Rutgers MST Program is great because 99% of the experience is practical, so I was prepared for my first year!
The Rutgers MST Program is great because 99% of the experience is practical, so I was prepared for my first year!
The Rutgers MST Program is great because 99% of the experience is practical, so I was prepared for my first year!
The Rutgers MST Program is great because 99% of the experience is practical, so I was prepared for my first year!
The Rutgers MST Program is great because 99% of the experience is practical, so I was prepared for my first year!

 

Jarred Phillips, Class of 2016 

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The Rutgers MST Program prepared me well! 
The Rutgers MST Program prepared me well! 

 

Kelly Troendle, Class of 2016

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The full-year student teaching experience through Rutgers Camden for an entire school year has prepared me incredibly well for being a first-year teacher. 
The full-year student teaching experience through Rutgers Camden for an entire school year has prepared me incredibly well for being a first-year teacher. 

 Jen Lee, Class of 2016

 

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Spending an entire year in a real classroom working with a mentor allowed me to experience the life and duties of an educator.
Spending an entire year in a real classroom working with a mentor allowed me to experience the life and duties of an educator.

Tim Pilla, Class of 2016

The two pillars of any program for teacher preparation are disciplinary knowledge and practical pedagogical experience. Students who complete the year-long  MST Degree Program at Rutgers University-Camden will learn to utilize their deep understanding of biology or chemistry to facilitate interest and learning in science.  We aim to produce teachers who know what they are teaching about and also how to teach what they know.

The core of the MST program is the year-long clinical internship in a partner school. Each MST candidate is assigned to a Mentor Teacher, an experienced STEM classroom teacher, who works with the candidate in the classroom throughout the year. Candidates begin the year observing classroom practice and end it by assuming full responsibility for teaching one or more courses. Candidates participate in the cooperating districts’ in-service days, parent/teacher conferences, IEP or 504 meetings, and many other activities in order to gain full professional competence.

The Fall and Spring graduate courses are aligned with the candidate’s intensive, yearlong clinical internship in the classroom, to improve the connections of theory and practice.

MST candidates are observed and mentored by their cooperating teachers and Rutgers staff in order to ensure that MST graduates develop the very best teaching practices. Candidates in the program are evaluated using the same evaluation systems currently used for teacher evaluation in New Jersey.

The MST Program is intensive, and requires a full-time commitment from candidates in the program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for entry into the program, an applicant must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in an area of science, though a bachelor’s degree in another field combined with a strong professional background in a STEM field is also acceptable;
  • Meet New Jersey’s background qualifications (educational, health, criminal history check) for teachers;
  • Pass the ETS Praxis exams in either biology (for future biology teachers) or chemistry (for future chemistry teachers) and in general science knowledge.

How to Apply

Apply through the admissions gateway. The deadline is May 15. Once admitted, see the information for admitted students.

Semesters and Deadlines

  • Application deadline: May 15. Acceptance notification by May 30.
  • MST cohort begins in late June, 2017 (contact Susan Goyins for details); ends June, 2018.

Program Requirements

Applicants must submit:

Prior to beginning the clinical experience, students must:

  • Undergo a criminal background check (state-required);
  • Provide documentation of current negative TB test (state-required)

In order to be certified by the State of New Jersey, prior to graduation students must take and pass (score of 152 or higher) the ETS Praxis exam for Biology or Chemistry as well as General Science. See the related information.

Costs and Financial Aid

The estimated cost of tuition/fees at Rutgers University-Camden to complete the MST program will total approximately $22,000 (tuition will be set by the University in the spring of 2017) for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Scholarships for outstanding candidates are available.

Financial aid through loans and grants may be available for candidates through the Financial Aid office.

Learning Goals

Students will acquire the abilities necessary to succeed as teachers of science, including skills for curriculum organization, classroom management, and effective communication.

Students will learn to synthesize educational theory, research and policy with classroom practice.

Students will become knowledgeable about professional practice, including state regulations concerning teaching and expectations for interactions with students, colleagues, administrators, and parents.

Contact

Susan Goyins: Director, sag81@scarletmail.rutgers.edu