Graduate Education

Joseph Doria, Jr., Ed.D., Dean, School of Education 

The goals of the Instructional Certification Programs in Graduate Education are to enable classroom teachers to continue their professional development by equipping them to move into positions of broadened responsibility, and to train qualified candidates who are interested in making a career change to the teaching profession. The goals of the Leadership Programs in Graduate Education are to prepare teachers to move into positions of broadened responsibility and to take on leadership roles in a K-12th grade setting.

All graduate students are provided a value-oriented program based on the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of Saint Peter’s University.

Master of Arts in Education

Saint Peter’s University offers the degree of Master of Arts in Education in five concentrations of study:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Reading
  • Teaching
  • School Counseling
  • Special Education

Each concentration prepares teachers for certification by the State of New Jersey in specific areas outlined for each of the programs.

Certification Programs

Certification Programs are offered for the following areas:

  • Director of School Counseling
  • Middle School Mathematics
  • Professional/Associate Counselor
  • School Business Administrator
  • Supervisor
  • Teacher
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Program Availability

All courses are offered on a semester calendar at the main campus in Jersey City. The concentrations in Teaching and Educational Leadership are offered also at the Englewood Cliffs and Sayreville sites. Selected courses for other programs are periodically offered at other sites.

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all course requirements, maintain a 3.0 cumulative average, and pass the comprehensive examinations.


All candidates for a degree will be assigned an advisor upon entrance into the MA in Education or the Certification Programs. All candidates must complete and sign an advisement form, which can be obtained in the School of Education. Appointments with an advisor at both the Jersey City and Englewood Cliffs campuses may be arranged through the Graduate Education Office by calling (201) 761-6196 or 6190.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six (6) graduate credits of equivalent course work may be transferred from other accredited universities. A minimum grade of 3.0 (B) is required in such courses. Transfer credit is granted by petition to and approval by the dean. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the petition and justify the acceptance of the courses. The program dean will determine whether the courses are equivalent. Transfer credit is by permission only and not an obligation of the University.

Time Limitation

Students are expected to enroll continuously until their programs are completed, accumulating sufficient credits within the stipulated time frame of five years.