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Admissions Requirements

  • New undergraduate program entry requirements:

    As of September 2015, ALL students who have not already successfully completed phase I coursework must fulfill new program entry requirements in order to take any upper level education courses. Program entry requirements include:

    1. GPA of 3.0 (The Dean’s Office may grant permission for a student to enter the program with a GPA below 3.0, but all students must achieve a 3.0 to qualify for certification.)
    2. Passing score on Praxis Core (or SAT, ACT, GRE waiver)
    3. Passing score on the COE TOW&R assessment
    4. Successful completion of all phase I coursework with a grade of B- or above*

    *Students will complete phase I courses in the College of Education to meet the new program entry requirements.

    New Praxis Core requirement:   

    The State of New Jersey is requiring teacher candidates to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in math (test #5732), reading (test #5712), and writing (test # 5722). Passing scores on the tests are 150, 156, and 162, respectively. You can register for the tests at https://www.ets.org/praxis. Additional information, such as test dates and locations, can be found online at http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/

    The CORE must be taken and passed prior to entry into an educator preparation program. 

    Note: This requirement is waived for candidates with at least:

    • 1660 combined SAT score (critical reading, writing, math)
    • 23 ACT score
    • 4.0 analytical writing and combined 310 quantitative and verbal GRE scores

    This requirement is also waived for candidates who successfully complete all phase I coursework before September 2015 with a grade of B- or above.

    New GPA requirement: 

    Effective fall 2016, ALL candidates for teacher certification, graduate or undergraduate, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. This requirement can be waived with a minimum 2.75 GPA and a score on the appropriate state test of subject matter knowledge (PRAXIS) that exceeds the passing score by at least 10%.