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Academic Requirements

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  • 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%.


    New matriculation requirements for graduate students seeking teacher certification

    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) and Content Area Praxis
    3. Passing score on the COE TOW&R assessment

    Students may take up to 6 graduate credits before matriculating into a graduate program.