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Montclair State University, the largest four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution in New Jersey, is offering a Hispanic Student College Institute on August 1-3, 2017 for rising high school juniors and seniors.

There will be no cost for your students to participate and attend.

Through the Hispanic Student College Institute, they will:

  • Engage in career exploration and goal-setting initiatives
  • Attend college-planning workshops
  • Participate in a majors fair and mock college interviews
  • Live on campus in Machuga Heights

Institute participants will be eligible for scholarships to attend Montclair State University in the future and will receive certificates of completion to include on their résumés. Academically committed students who identify as Hispanic are encouraged to apply online. Applications are now available, and space is limited.

For more information, please contact Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jordanna Maziarz at

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Montclair State University
Educators’ Exchange

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Registration is Open!


The Center of Pedagogy and CEHS Career Services at Montclair State University will be hosting their annual Educators’ Exchange on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.


This event provides a valuable resource for your organization as you will have the opportunity to interact with and screen for potential hires.  In addition, students will gain real-life interview and job search experience.  Your organization will be assigned a table to set up displays, distribute handouts, and speak to students.


Registration is free of charge to all the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER) member school districts.  The event will take place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Lunch and parking will be provided. 

Register online at:

For questions regarding this event, please contact CEHS Career Services at 973-655-7866 or

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Accelerated Hybrid Masters of Reading Program


The Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department at Montclair State University is now offering an Accelerated Hybrid Masters of Reading Program.  The program is designed for those who wish to pursue a master’s degree through a shorter, intensive period of study.  Students enrolled in the program complete their Masters in 15 months, beginning in the summer and ending the next summer.  The 11 courses in the program will all be offered either in hybrid format or fully online, and the program is designed with working teachers in mind.


We are currently accepting applications for the first cohort, starting in May of 2017.


Applications must be received by April 14, 2017.


We will be at the Graduate School Open House on February 26th, and additional information can be found on the program website.


Contact Information


If you have questions about the Accelerated Hybrid Master in Reading please contact:

Dr. Erik Jacobson, or 873-655-3471


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the g

Graduate School at Montclair State University at or 973-655-5147.




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The Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department at Montclair State University is conducting a survey to better understand the ways that schools and districts provide literacy-related training and coaching.  In particular, the department is interested in assessing employment conditions for Reading Specialists and teachers who have received a Masters of Reading.  The department is also exploring developing new literacy-related Masters and Certificate programs that are responsive to needs identified by those working in the field in New Jersey. In addition, the department would like to expand the type of professional development opportunities it offers, and so is interested in hearing about what types of topics and structures would be attractive to people working in different contexts.


If you are interested in sharing your thoughts about these topics and completing the survey, please click on this link


If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Erik Jacobson, Graduate Program Coordinator of the Masters of Reading, at


Thank you for your time.

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Masters of Reading

Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department

Montclair State University

Dr. Erik Jacobson, Program Coordinator




Two different degrees are offered:

  • Masters of Reading (with Reading Specialist Certification)
  • Reading Specialist Certification (for students who already have a Masters)

The MA in Reading (33 credits) and the Reading Specialist Program (30 credits) prepare educators to meet present and future demands as literacy specialists.  The program emphasizes practice informed by current theory and research and provides a range of learning experiences that enhance candidates’ understanding of what it means to be an effective literacy educator.  Program graduates will be prepared to serve in a wide array of educational roles in a variety of settings.

It is expected that students will graduate with a broad and multifaceted understanding of literacy, including key developmental, cultural and sociopolitical dimensions. Students will also be able to identify and respond to important shifts in literacy practices, such as those involving the use of digital technologies. Program graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively provide literacy instruction, engage with colleagues about ways to enhance practice and advocate for the field as a whole.

Beginning in May 2017, we will be offering an Accelerated Hybrid version of the Masters of Reading (enabling students to complete the degree in 18 months).

Sample Courses


READ 500    Literacy Foundations   

READ 501    Techniques of Reading Improvement in Secondary Schools                           

READ 502    Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs                                    

READ 503    Literature for Adolescents                                                                   

READ 524    Teaching Multiethnic Literature in P-8 Classrooms                                        

READ 508    Critical Thinking and Literacy

READ 511    Case Studies of Reading Difficulties                                        

READ 513/514    Supervised Clinical Practicum

READ 505     Research Seminar in Literacy

READ 515      Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom

READ 519      Language and Early Literacy Development

Faculty Areas of Interest

Tina Jacobowitz (Department Chair)

Literacy in the content areas / Teacher dispositions for democracy / Teaching for critical thinking / Teaching an and for a democracy

Melissa Collucci         

Emergent literacy / The development and implementation of successful, authentic language arts blocks / Linguistically responsive teaching


Margaret Freedson

Early literacy development and bilingualism / literacy instruction / teacher preparation


Erik Jacobson

Adult literacy practice and instruction / Supporting adolescent writers / Literacy and technology / Content area literacy / Teaching with graphic novels and manga


Michele Knobel

New literacies and digital technologies / In-school and out-of-school literacy practices


Dierdre Paul

Teaching and learning with multiethnic children’s literature / Popular culture literacy / The Millennial morphing of the digital divide / Closing the school discipline gap


Erik Weiner

Critical literacy / Cultural studies / Critical pedagogy / Social theory


Linda Wise

Social context issues in literacy development / Teacher education


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RELG 273                         


Wednesdays  5:30-8:00pm - January 18 - May 10, 2017

Dr. Kate Temoney, specialist in genocide studies, Department of Religion at Montclair State


This course examines the preconditions, perpetration, and prosecutions of the systematic extermination of Jews by the Nazi regime in Germany, 1933-1945.   The class will explore intimate portraits of both Holocaust survivors and the perpetrators of violence during this unprecedented period of human destruction.  Students will examine historical scholarship on the religious, psychological, and legal aspects of these mass killings. 

There are still available seats in the course and the Department would be happy to provide permits for visiting students to take it. See flyer below for further information. 

For pre-req or permit info, email


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