School of Professional Studies

Elementary Education (BA)

Application Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. The selection process is completed within one week of Graduate Admissions receipt of all required documentation.

This major is offered by the Caulfield School of Education online through the School of Professional Studies.


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/Schooling/Multicultural Soc3
ED-170Child and Adolescent Psychology3
ED-490Clinical Experience I1
or EP-490 Clinical Experience I: Early Child/Elem
Junior Year (16 credits)
EE-202Elementary Curriculum3
EE-204Using Technology in Elem Language Arts3
EE-206Teaching Reading/Elementary School3
EE-212Methods Teaching Math in Elem School3
EE-214Teach Science/Elem Sch Using Technology3
ED-491Clinical Experience II2
or EP-491 Clinical Experience Ii: Early Child/Elem
Senior Year (14 credits)
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 Family Partners3
EP-301Introduction to Special Education3
EP-302Meth. Curr. Assess. in EC CL3

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 Elementary Education Major
with Early Childhood Education Certification (P-3)

Degree Of Bachelor Of Arts

The certification in Early Childhood Education (P-3) is a 24 credit program that is part of the Elementary Education Major. Students seeking certification to teach Pre-Kindergarten – 3rd grade would take the courses designated in this program. Students would also be required to take Clinical Experience I & II and Clinical Practice I & II. Upon completion students would be eligible to take the Praxis Exam for P-3 Certification, upon the successful passing of which they would be able to be certified to teach Pre-Kindergarten – 3rd grade.