Education

Undergraduate Programs

Joseph V. Doria, Jr., Ed.D., Dean

Anna Cicirelli, Ed.D, Associate Dean

The School of Education offers a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Secondary Education. It also offers various options to become certified in many academic areas. The undergraduate program in Education provides pre-professional training for teaching on the pre-school, elementary, middle school, and secondary school levels.

General Entry and Exit Requirements
Students seeking admission to the undergraduate programs apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program normally second semester of sophomore year.

Admission criteria include:

  • 3.0 minimum grade point average
  • successful completion of ED-490: Sophomore Clinical Experience and Seminar
  • successful completion of either ED-160 or ED-170/ED-203
  • entrance interview and recommendation of School of Education Faculty
  • taking and passing the Praxis I Core Exam
     

Exit requirements include:

  • 3.0 minimum overall grade point average 
  • exit interview conducted in Student Teacher Seminar
  • Praxis Exam in the specialized area that the student wishes to be certified in
     

New Jersey Certification Requirements

Elementary School Teacher certification requires students to complete:

  • core curriculum requirements (minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts)
  • coherent sequence and major in Elementary Education2
  • required passing of Praxis I and Praxis II exams1

Middle School Teacher certification requires students to complete:

  • core curriculum requirements (minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts)
  • coherent sequence and major in Elementary Education
  • 15 credits in approved program in each subject endorsed on the middle school level; the credits may be included in the academic major, core curriculum or electives
  • required passing of Praxis I and Praxis II exams1

Secondary School certification requires students to complete:

  • core curriculum requirements 
  • academic major (minimum of 30 credits in subject area to be taught) and minor in Secondary Education
  • required passing of Praxis I and Praxis II exams1

Note: All students will be required to take and pass the Praxis exam before being permitted to student teach.

2  Elementary Education majors can also take required courses for Pre-School-3 Certification.

Areas Of Certification

Elementary Education Program

  • Elementary Classroom Teacher (K-6)
  • Pre-School-3 Certification

Elementary Education Program with Middle School Certification (15 credits are required in subject area for middle school certification. Core courses can be included in the 15 credits.)

  • Teacher of Middle School Science
  • Teacher of Middle School English
  • Teacher of Middle School Social Studies
  • Teacher of Middle School Mathematics

Secondary Education Program with Subject Area Endorsements

  • Teacher of Art
  • Teacher of Comprehensive Business
  • Teacher of Biological Science
  • Teacher of Mathematics
  • Teacher of General Business
  • Teacher of Physical Science
  • Teacher of English
  • Teacher of French
  • Teacher of Italian
  • Teacher of Spanish
  • Teacher of Social Studies
  • Teacher of History
  • Teacher of Chemistry
  • Teacher of Physics
  • Teacher of Physical Education
  • Teacher of Health
  • Teacher of Physical Education and Health

Dr. Jennifer Ayala, Director

MAJOR AND MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for Elementary Education Major (Grades K -  6 and Pre-School-3)                                  

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

All Elementary Education students who wish to receive a State of New Jersey Teaching Certificate (K-6) will also take the courses necessary to be certified as Pre-School-3 teachers.  Elementary Education students must complete the following courses. Students who wish to take a course out of sequence should check with their departmental advisor.

Sophomore Year (7 credits)
ED-160Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society3
ED-170Child and Adolescent Psychology3
ED-490Clinical Experience I1
or EP-490 Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings
Junior Year (16 credits)
EE-202Elementary Curriculum3
EE-204Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School Using Technology3
EE-206Teaching Reading in the Elementary School3
EE-212Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School3
EE-214Teaching Science in the Elementary School Using Technology3
ED-491Clinical Experience II2
or EP-491 Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings
Senior Year (14 credits)
ED-301Test and Measurements3
ED-493Practicum in Reading3
EE-495Student Teaching: Elementary8
Total Credits38

Courses required for P-3 Certification

Courses Required P-3 Certification
ED-201Fundamentals of Speech3
EP-201Child Development in the Early Years3
EP-202Developing Home, School, and Family Partnerships3
EP-301Introduction to Special Education3
EP-302Fundamentals of Methodology, Curriculum, and Assessment in the Elementary/Early Childhood Classroom3

Requirements for Elementary Education Major (Grades Kindergarten to 6)

with Middle School Certification (Grades 6 to 8)

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

All Elementary Education students who wish to receive a middle school teaching certificate are required to follow the educational sequence outlined above for Elementary Education majors. In order to receive Middle School Certification, the student must take a sequence of courses (15 credits minimum) in the area in which they wish to teach. Students also need to successfully pass the Praxis II exam in the subject area in which they wish to teach.

Special Notes on Core Curriculum Requirements for Elementary Education Majors

Requirements for a Minor in Secondary Education

Since for Secondary Education students the academic major is also specific preparation for the subject teaching certificate, the student must choose an academic major that is taught at the high school level. In addition to an advisor from the department of the academic major, all Secondary Education minors must confer with an advisor in the School of Education and declare Secondary Education as a minor. Secondary Education minors must complete the following 25 credits:

ED-160Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society3
ED-203Educational Psychology (or with permission ED-170)3
ED-490Clinical Experience I1
ED-491Clinical Experience II2
ED-492Clinical Practice I and Seminar in an Elementary, Middle or Secondary Setting3
EP-301Introduction to Special Education3
SE-370Improvement of Reading in the The Secondary Schools Using Technology3
SE-400Principles and Techniques of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary School3
SE-408Principles of High School Curriculum3
SE-495Student Teaching: Secondary8
Total Credits32

Health and Physical Education

Please see the Health and Physical Education website for curricular information.


Accelerated BA to MA Education Degree Program

You can earn your undergraduate degree and an MA in Education in five years through our Accelerated Program.

The Accelerated BA to MA Education Degree program offers several advantages. The program:

  • Accelerates the attainment of an advanced degree
  • Facilitates seamless transition to a master’s degree
  • Increases students’ marketability in the workforce
  • Saves students time and money

For more details, see the program descriptions:
Accelerated BA to MA Education Degree Program