Below are some frequently asked questions regarding our programs. The brief answers provided are intended to be a quick guide. For further details and explanations please refer to the information in the NJCU Undergraduate Catalog and/or contact your advisor.
You can prepare to teach in elementary school (grades K-5) by following the Elementary Education major. Students in this major prepare to teach all core subjects. If you are an Elementary Education major and want to teach in grades 6, 7 and 8, you need to add a middle school extension in a content area to your license. This will require additional coursework and another Praxis exam. If you want to teach in a specific content area (i.e. mathematics, English, Spanish, social studies, etc.), follow the “Content (Secondary) Teachers” program. This will certify you in the content area 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 the “secondary” certification.
If you want to teach in pre-school settings, and only in pre-school settings, you should pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education, which is a different department. That program will certify you for pre-school through third grade.
Beginning in Phase I (usually your sophomore year), you will be an observer in real classroom settings as part of your coursework. During Phase III for Elementary students (usually junior year), and during Phase II for Content (Secondary) students, you will take EDU 331 Education Field Experience II (Junior Field). This course requires students to spend one full day per week for a semester in a classroom setting. Generally in your final semester, you will begin a full-time student teaching internship for an entire semester (EDU 480). During this experience you will gradually increase your responsibilities, eventually running an entire class.
You take courses in both colleges. You are in the College of Arts and Sciences and have a major there, but you do take 30 credits in education.
You’re a COE (College of Education) student with a major in Elementary Education. You will also have a major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Typically you would apply in the spring semester of your sophomore year. Admittance to the College of Education is contingent upon meeting all entrance criteria.
You have two academic advisors. One from your Arts and Sciences major and one assigned to you by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. You will receive a letter from the Department informing you of who your education faculty advisor is.
Office hours for education faculty are posted each term. You may visit with your advisor whenever you have a question or concern; however you should find out how your advisor handles advisement holds so that it is lifted in time to register for classes.
Usually not. You should discuss your placement with your adviser. Student teaching placements are arranged based on established partnerships with quality schools. Call the Center for Teacher Preparation & Partnerships (201-200-3015) for details.
The College of Education Writing Assessment is intended to ensure that our future teachers are able to teach and communicate in standard written English. All candidates enrolled in or pursuing undergraduate programs leading to initial certification are required to take the assessment during Phase I of their education program. Candidates who do not pass the College of Education Writing Assessment will not be approved for field placements or clinical experiences that are coordinated through the Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships.
The time required to student teach is essentially equivalent to working a full time job. You will have to modify any outside work obligations to fit your new schedule.
You must pass the Praxis II exam in your designated area. Details on the exams and passing scores may be obtained through the NJ Department of Education website. Specific information on registering for the Praxis can be obtained through the Praxis website. Additional tests may be required based on certification areas.
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:
This requirement is also waived for candidates who successfully complete all phase I coursework before September 2015 with a grade of B- or above.
You will be certified to teach in New Jersey and any state that has a reciprocity agreement with New Jersey. Check with the Department of Education for the state in which you plan to teach for the most current reciprocity information..