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 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.
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
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.
Applicants must submit:
- Transcripts documenting a B.A., B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in biology or chemistry;
- International students must pass the TOEFL®iBT (79 or above) or TOEFL®PBT (550 or above)http://www.ets.org/toefl/ or http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/faq/ and, if necessary, provide international transcripts (http://naces.org/)
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.
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.
Susan Goyins: Director, firstname.lastname@example.org