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In 1908, the New Jersey State Normal School opened its doors as a two-year school designed to educate teachers. At the time, the campus was only 25 acres and there were 187 students enrolled. William O. Trapp who won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1929, was in the first graduating class of 45 students. In 1927, only 10 percent of secondary teachers earned their degree in New Jersey. This led the state to expand degree programs at the school and change the name to Montclair State Teachers College. The school implemented the first four-year degree program in pedagogy.

In 1958, the school merged with the Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene, becoming Montclair State College. The school gained university status in 1994. Montclair State University is located just 12 miles west of New York city on a campus that now contains 252 acres. The school has an enrollment of 21,013 students. U.S. News & World Report lists Montclair as one of the top 200 national universities in the country and graduate programs in both elementary and secondary teacher education as 14th in the country. The Princeton Review ranks the Feliciano School of Business in the Best 294 Business Schools as well as one of the greenest campuses in the country.

Montclair State University Accreditation Details

Montclair State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The school was the first state teacher's college to be accredited by the agency in 1937. Accreditation indicates that the school undergoes periodic review to confirm that their programs provide high-quality education and that they have the resources available to achieve their goals. The school also agrees to address any areas identified as needing improvement during the periodic review. Programs at Montclair State are accredited by the following industry specific organizations:

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre

Montclair State University Application Requirements

Students with no college credit hours after their high school graduation are first year, or freshmen, students at Montclair State. They must submit an online application and official transcripts. A letter of recommendation from a counselor is also required. Students must provide a personal statement and an essay. The essay must explain the student's reasons for attending Montclair, their academic strengths and interests. Include anything that had an impact on the student's life, whether positive or negative as well as any extracurricular activities, volunteer work or internships.

Students who have earned college credit must also fill out an online application and submit official transcripts from any institutes of higher learning attended. An essay that explains what the student's educational goals are and explain any discrepancies on transcripts from other institutions. Transfer students must have a "B" average.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate tuition at Montclair State University is $6,227.25 for in-state students and $10,283.40 for out-of-state students. Part-time students pay $415.15 per credit hour if they are in-state residents and $685.56 if they are out-of-state residents. On-campus graduate tuition ranges from $635.75 to $764.43 for in-state and $635.75 to $1,000.18 for out-of-state residents. Online graduate tuition ranges from $1,500.00 to $1,772.27 regardless of residency.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, scholarships and grants. Students may also qualify for work-study programs. Students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for aid. Once the FAFSA is reviewed by Montclair State, a financial aid package is completed based on the student's need.

Online Degrees Available

Master of Science in Sustainability Science

Montclair State University offers a Master of Science in Sustainability Science that provides students with advanced training in sustainability that includes training in business. Students develop analytical skills in order to seek solutions to complex issues. Students develop advanced communication and time-management skills. Courses required include:

  • Colloquium in Environmental Management
  • Current Issues in Sustainability Science
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Environmental Change and Communication
  • Environmental Economics
  • Methods in Environmental Research
  • Organizational Environmental Management
  • Pro Seminar
  • Urban Contamination

In order to apply for the program, students must complete an online application and pay the application fee. Students must provide official transcripts from any institute of higher learning they attended. Students must provide a statement of objective, two letters of recommendation and a resume.

Master of Arts in Child Advocacy and Policy

Montclair State University offers a Maste of Arts in Child Advocacy and Policy that is available online. The program includes an understanding of psychology, social work and law. The program focuses on family empowerment, forensic interviewing skills, preventing child abuse, addressing families in crisis, child welfare and advocacy policies. The program includes a comprehensive view of child advocacy with an understanding of the intricacies of the child welfare system. Courses required include:

  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Child Advocacy Policy and Practice
  • Child Advocacy Research Methods and Evaluation
  • Child Welfare Policy
  • Children and Justice
  • Culturally Competent Practice in Child Advocacy
  • Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy
  • Family Empowerment Models
  • Forensic Interviewing of Children
  • Introduction to Child Advocacy
  • Substance Abuse and Family Crisis

In order to apply for the program, students must complete an application and pay the fee. Official copies of all transcripts are required as well as a statement of objectives and two letters of recommendation.

Montclair State University offers several online degree programs designed with working adults in mind. Online programs give those who may have outside obligations that prevent them from attending traditional classes the flexibility they need to move into a new career or advance in a current career. Montclair State University's flexible class formats allow working adults to achieve their higher education goals.

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