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  • College of Education

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Table of Contents: 

    PROGRAM INFORMATION 

    GRADE/GPA REQUIREMENTS 

    TEST OF WRITING AND READING 

    FIELD EXPERIENCES 

    PRAXIS EXAM 

    CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE 

    TEACHERS AND THE LAW 

     

     

     PROGRAM INFORMATION 

     

    Do I need two majors (co-majors) if I want to be a teacher?  

    Yes. The New Jersey State Department of Education requires all teacher candidates to major in an academic area. Examples of approved academic areas include English, Mathematics, History, Economics, Political Science, Biology, Geoscience, Physics, Chemistry, Art, and Music.

    Is education a major or a co-major?  

    Programs offered in the College of Education are considered co-majors. They are completed in addition to the academic major.

    How do I declare my education co-major?  

    You can declare both your academic major and your education co-major on the GothicNet Student Portal.  Sign in and go to My Menu >Students>Student Self Service>Declare My Major

    How do I find out who my advisor is?  

    After you declare your major and are accepted into the program, the department will provide you with the name of your academic advisor. You will have a separate advisor to help you with your academic major.

    How often should I see my advisor?  

    Student must meet with their advisors every semester. This is very important for students completing teacher education programs as the State Department of Education frequently updates certification requirements. Your advisor must also remove an advisement hold so that you can register for classes.

    Where can I get help if I cannot reach my advisor?  

    You may always contact the College of Education Dean’s Office for assistance. The office is located in the Education and Professional Studies Building, Rm. 303. The phone number is 201-200-2101.

    What are the requirements for declaring the co-major in education?  

    To declare education as a co-major, you must be finished with most of your general studies requirements, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Please check with individual departments for additional requirements. If you are not sure of the department, you can contact the Dean’s Office for assistance.

    Are there any special general education requirements for students who want to be teachers?  

    Yes. There are specific general studies courses teacher candidates must complete. Some of these include specific biology and psychology courses required by the New Jersey State Department of Education. All students should speak to their education advisors about general studies requirements in their program.

    I took my pre-requisites at another college. Why can’t I register for courses?  

    Courses taken at other colleges are not classified as pre-requisites within GothicNet; they are noted simply as transfer credits. Your advisor can help you register for classes if you completed the prerequisites at another institution.

    I already have a Bachelor’s degree. What can I do to become a teacher?  

    The College of Education offers several undergraduate certification-only programs, as well as graduate degrees with certification included. Please check with individual departments for additional information.

    Does the College of Education host information sessions?  

    Yes. The College of Education hosts both graduate and undergraduate orientations several times a year. Please check the College of Education Homepage and Facebook page for date announcements. Please also check your NJCU email account as notices will be delivered there as well. The power point presentations used at the orientations can be found on the College of Education website at http://www.njcu.edu/COE/student-resources/.

     

     GRADE/GPA REQUIREMENTS 

     

    What is the minimum grade requirement for education courses? 

    All undergraduate students are required to achieve a B- or better in all of their education classes. Graduate students should consult with their advisors for specific program requirements.

    What happens if I receive a grade lower than B- in an education course?  

    Students who receive less than a B- in an education course must retake the course.

    Why is there a minimum GPA requirement?  

    All students completing teacher education programs must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. This is a New Jersey State Department of Education requirement.

    What happens if I am accepted into the education co-major and my GPA falls below a 2.75?  

    Students who do not maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA will not be permitted to continue taking education classes. If this happens, students should meet with their advisors to discuss their options.

    What are my options if my GPA falls below a 2.75?  

    Students are permitted to retake classes and have their GPA recomputated for up to 16 credits. Students who want to “recomp” courses must fill out a request form at the Registrar’s Office. The recomputation of GPA is not automatic and must be expressly requested by the student.

     

     TEST OF WRITING AND READING 

     

    What is the College of Education Test of Writing and Reading (ToW&R)?  

    The College of Education Test of Writing and Reading (ToW&R) is a test of your reading and writing skills.  The State of New Jersey Teacher Certification Code requires that NJCU demonstrate that you are a competent reader and writer.  You must be able to teach using Standard English. All teacher candidates completing undergraduate teacher preparation programs are required to take and pass the TOW&R. Some graduate programs also require the ToW&R. Please check with your advisor.

    Where can I get additional information on the ToW&R?  

    There is extensive information on the College of Education website. Please visit http://web.njcu.edu/programs/writingassessment/Content/default.asp for more information regarding the ToW&R.

    What happens if I do not pass the ToW&R?  

    Depending on the score, students who do not pass the ToW&R must attend tutoring or register for a course. Information regarding scores and remediation plans can be found on the ToW&R website, http://web.njcu.edu/programs/writingassessment/Content/default.asp  

    When should I take the ToW&R?  

    Students should take the ToW&R as soon as possible, preferably right before, or during, Phase I of the education program. You must have a passing score on this exam before you are permitted to register for any field experience.

    How do I register for the ToW&R?  

    All registration is completed online through the GothicNet portal. Registration links can be found on the ToW&R website, http://web.njcu.edu/programs/writingassessment/Content/default.asp  

    How do I find out if I passed the ToW&R?  

    Students can check their scores on the GothicNet portal. Links to test results can be found on the ToW&R website, http://web.njcu.edu/programs/writingassessment/Content/default.asp  

     

     FIELD EXPERIENCES 

     

    What are field experiences?  

    A field experience is a required component of a teacher candidate’s educational program that provides the student with actual experience working with students under the supervision of a teacher in a classroom. There are two required field experiences (practicum and internship), though some programs may also ask you to do other field work. 

    Most practicum students spend one full day in the classroom each week for 15 weeks. Internship students are in the classroom every day for 15 weeks.  Both practicum and internship students are assigned a classroom teacher, called a cooperating teacher. The cooperating teacher serves as a model and mentor for the university student. Practicum and internship students are assigned a University supervisor who assists, guides and evaluates them throughout the semester.

     

    How do I apply for field experiences?  

    Applications for field experiences are located in each academic department in the College of Education. The student, together with his/her academic advisor, must complete the application. The student is required to bring the completed application along with other required documents to The Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships, located in the Education and Professional Studies Building, Rm. 203A.

     

    What are the requirements for field experiences?  

    The requirements for practicum are a passing score on the ToW&R, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, completion of academic requirements, and results for the Mantoux tuberculin test, as required by the State of New Jersey.

    The requirements for internship are a passing score on the appropriate Praxis exam where applicable, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, a copy of a NJ substitute teaching license, completion of academic requirements, and results for the Mantoux tuberculin test, as required by the State of New Jersey.

     

    Are there any additional fees for field experiences?  

    Yes. There is an additional fee of $65.00 for the Practicum and $150 for the Internship.

     

    Can I work while enrolled in field experiences?  

    During the Internship, the time requirement is equivalent to that of a full-time teacher. You will need to modify outside work obligations to fit your Internship schedule. It is recommended that you do not work during the Internship semester.

     

     PRAXIS EXAM 

     

    What is the Praxis?  

    The Praxis is the state licensing exam required by the New Jersey State Department of Education. All students seeking teacher licensure in New Jersey must pass the appropriate Praxis. You can review state requirements at http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/.

     

    How can I find out which Praxis I should take?  

    Students should speak to their advisors about the appropriate Praxis for their academic area. You can also find additional information regarding the Praxis at http://www.ets.org/praxis. ETS (Educational Testing Services) administers all Praxis exams. You can also find information at the New Jersey State Department of Education, http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/.

     

    When should I take the Praxis?  

    All students must pass the appropriate Praxis before they are permitted to register for the Internship. Check with your advisor regarding specific Praxis requirements. Students applying for a Spring placement must have documented proof of a passing score by the second week of September, and students applying for a Fall placement must provide documentation by the third week of January.

     

     CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE 

     

    How do I apply for certification?  

    Certification applications for graduate and certification only students are available in the Center for Teacher for Preparation and Partnerships.  Certification applications for students completing an undergraduate co-major in education must submit their certification application with their undergraduate clearance application.  Please contact the CTPP for additional information ctppcert@njcu.edu

     

    What are the general certification requirements?  

    Applicants for teacher or other school personnel certification in New Jersey must submit a completed application along with a receipt to verify payment and the required credentials.  The NJ fee schedule is attached to all certification applications.  The general credentials required for NJ teacher certification include, but are not limited to, passing Praxis scores, a copy of a NJ teaching certificate, and a letter of employment from a school district.  All certification applications require the fingerprinting and a background check.

     

    What are the costs for certification?  

    Application fees range from $95 through $190 per application; payment is required at the time of application submission for each certificate requested. Fees for NJ teacher certification are determined by the New Jersey Department of Education.  A fee schedule is attached to all certification applications, and can also be accessed at http://www.njcu.edu/coe/ctpp/   

     

    How do I apply for a substitute teaching license? 

    School districts are responsible for processing applications for the substitute teacher license. Although applications are available in any school district, many districts will only process applications for residents. Students should contact their residential school district for application information before inquiring at other school districts. The University Academy Charter High School and A. Harry Moore School can process substitute license applications. Students preferring to be placed in a Jersey City Public School for practicum or internship can apply for a NJ substitute license on campus at the Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships. A date for processing on campus by the Jersey City Board will be posted. Applicants must have at least sixty college credits.

     

    What are the costs for the substitute teaching license?  

    The current total cost is $205.25 (application $125, fingerprinting $70.25, state administration, $10). These costs are set by the New Jersey Department of Education and are subject to change.

     

     TEACHERS AND THE LAW 

     

    Are there any legal requirements for becoming a teacher in New Jersey?  

    Anyone wishing to become a teacher must pass a criminal background check (by submitting to fingerprinting).  An individual convicted of a crime (other than a misdemeanor offense) will likely not be permitted to teach.

     

    Are teachers held to a higher legal standard in New Jersey?  

    Yes.  Teachers must conduct themselves professionally and maintain proper relationships with students.  All teachers must understand that it is inappropriate to interact with students in ways that may be deemed inappropriate.  Most school districts, for example, prohibit teachers from “friending” students on social networks.

    It is also important that you avoid legal problems once you become a teacher.  The law requires that anyone arrested for any crime (including misdemeanors) report the arrest to their school district within 14 days of the offense.  Teachers may be dismissed for crimes for which they are convicted.

     

    What are the best ways to avoid the suspicion of inappropriate behavior?  

    Keep in mind that your actions in and out of the classroom may present an unflattering and unprofessional picture of you.  You should probably not post or be flagged in photographs that are in the public eye on social media.  You should avoid being alone in a classroom or in a school with a student.  You should remember that you may act in a “friendly” way toward minors, but you may not be “friends” with them.  Teachers are seen as role models.  You must remember that, after parents, teachers have the greatest influence in the lives of young people.

     

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