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  • Program Description: 

    Completion of this major prepares one to be a teacher in a specific content area. Certification is technically for grades K-12; however, most job opportunities will be from grades 7 through 12. Often the K-12 content certification is referred to as “Secondary Certification.”  Candidates for this certification complete education coursework and a major in Biology offered by the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences:

    Specialization  

    Majors  

    Art Art Teacher Certification 

    Biological Science

    Biology 

    Earth Science

    Geoscience  

    Literacy/Language Arts

    English 

    Mathematics

    Mathematics 

    Music Music with Teaching Certification 

    Physical Science

    Chemistry 
    Physics  

    Social Studies

    Economics  
    History  
    Political Science 

    World Languages/Spanish

    Spanish 

     


    Admission Requirements to any NJCU Education Program for students entering 9/1/2015 or later: 

    • GPA of 3.0
    • Passing score on Praxis Core (or SAT/ACT waiver)
    • Passing score on the COE TOW&R assessment
    • Successful completion of all phase I coursework with a grade of B- or above

     Program Completion: 

    • Completion of NJCU General Education Requirements or equivalent
    • A passing score on the Elementary Education, Multiple Subjects Praxis II Exam (5001) and the specific Praxis subject matter exam (All Praxis exams must be taken prior to internship.)
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0  
    • Successful completion of Elementary Education Internship

     


    All education majors must take the following General Education classes or equivalent:

     

    Course
    Number
     

    Course Title* 

    Credit
    Hours
     

    MATH 140
    MATH 175

    Statistics I (for English, Social Studies or Spanish certification)
    Enhanced PreCalculus (for Biology Chemistry, Earth Science or Math certification)

    3
    4

    WGST 110

    Diversity and Difference

    3

    BIO 103 or
    BIO 104

    Human Sexuality or
    The Human Body

    3

    PSYC 152 or 
    PSYC 150

    Development Adolescence to Adult or
    Development Birth to Adolescence

    3

     



    Secondary Education Requirements (36 credits): 

    Phase I must be completed prior to admission to the Secondary Education program. Students may take Phase I prior to passing the Praxis CORE.

    Phase I 

    Course
    Number
     

    Course Title* 

    Credit
    Hours
     

    EDU 280

    Challenges in Urban Education

    3

    LTED 230

    Focus: Reading, Language and Literacy

    3
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Phase II Pre-requisites: 

    • Satisfactory completion of Phase I
    • Passing score on Praxis CORE
      (unless exempt via a 1660 or higher on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT exams) 
    • Passing score on NJCU Writing Assessment (TOWR) 

    Phase II  

    Course
    Number
      

     Course Title* 

    Credit
    Hours
     

    EDU 330

     Focus: Development, Behavior & Learning 

    3

    EDU 331

    Secondary Education Practicum

    1

     

    Phase III courses should be taken concurrently. Courses are offered fall semester only:

     Phase III  

    Course
    Number
     

    Course Title* 

    Credit
    Hours
     

    LTED 370

    Secondary Reading, Language & Literature Methods

    2

    EDU 371

    Secondary Curriculum, Methods & Materials
    Or, designated sections of SPEC 508

    3

    EDU 1372
    EDU 2372
    EDU 3372
    EDU 4372
    LANG 510

    Check with your advisor regarding which methods course you need:
    Secondary Methods of English
    Secondary Methods of Math
    Secondary Methods of Teaching Science
    Secondary Methods of Social Studies
    Teaching World Language in P-12
     

    3

     

    Students must pass the appropriate Content Knowledge Praxis exam(s) before beginning Phase IV. Check with your advisor regarding which exam(s) you should take. 

     Phase IV 

    Course
    Number
     

    Course Title* 

    Credit
    Hours
     

    EDU 470

     Internship Seminar 

    2

    EDU 480

     Secondary Ed Internship

    8

    EDU 485

    Classroom Management & Assessment:
    Secondary

    2

     

    *View our catalog for course descriptions.