Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education

Education and Professional Studies Building, Room 303

Dr.  Lourdes Sutton, Acting-Dean

Mary Robinson, Principle Clerk-Typist

The Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education at New Jersey City University provides leadership in meeting the educational and professional needs of students preparing for careers as teachers and other school personnel. The College is committed to building and sustaining a learning community that provides high quality instruction for persons seeking careers in urban educational environments. As such, the College of Education is dedicated to preparing reflective urban practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to help all children learn. In 1998, after Jersey City State College became New Jersey City University, the administration created a separate College of Education with the following 5 academic departments:

  • Educational Leadership and Counseling
  • Educational Technology
  • Literacy Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Special Education

The College of Education also includes the Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships which manages all clinical and field placements, Professional Development Schools, certification, and other P-12 partnership activities. Additionally, the A. Harry Moore School is part of the College of Education and serves as a demonstration school for children with multiple disabilities.

The College of Education serves as the professional education unit and also takes responsibility for the following programs housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Professional Studies: Mathematics Education, Music Education, Health Education, School Nurse, School Psychology, and World Languages (Spanish).

The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and all certification eligibility programs are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education.


  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
  • A minimum of B- or better on all education courses
  • Passing scores on the Praxis CORE, or 560 verbal, 540 Math on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT, or 155 verbal, 156 quantitative on the GRE.

Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Tests, as of 9/1/19:

  • Math Test #5733         Passing Score 150
  • Reading Test #5712    Passing Score 156
  • Writing Test #5722     Passing Score 162

Students who meet the score levels below are not required to take the Praxis CORE:

SAT Scores

  • If taken before 4/1/1995: Math 520, Reading 480
  • If taken between 4/1/1995 to 2/28/2016: Math 540, Reading 560
  • If taken on or after 3/1/2016: Math 570, 610 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or 30 Reading Section

ACT Scores

  • If taken before 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 20
  • If taken on or after 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 23

GRE Scores

  • If taken before 8/1/2011: Quantitative 720, Verbal 530
  • If taken on or after 8/1/2011: Quantitative 156, Verbal 155

For more information on Praxis exams:


  • Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
  • Successful completion of major in intended content area
  • Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exam
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of clinical experience and clinical practice (student teaching)

This includes successful submission of the performance assessment, edTPA, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.

Degree/Certification/Endorsement Eligibility Programs

The College offers master’s degree programs, degree and certification eligibility programs, and certification eligibility only programs. It should be noted that some degree programs can only be taken in conjunction with certification eligibility programs. The variety of programs offered include:

Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • Counseling
  • Counseling with School Counselor Certification
  • Educational Technology
  • Elementary School Reading
  • Reading Specialist
  • Secondary School Reading
  • Special Education1
  • Urban Education
    • Administration and Supervision
    • Bilingual/Bicultural
    • English as a Second Language
    • Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education/Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Alternate Route Degree Programs

  • Early Childhood Specialized P-3

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ)

NPTNJ is an alternate route program offered fully online. Students can complete the program for graduate credit. For more information, visit their website at Student can also call at 201-200-2128 or email at

Certification/Endorsement Eligibility Programs

  • Associate School Library Media Specialist Endorsement
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher Endorsement
  • Early Childhood Teacher Certification
  • Elementary Education Certification
  • English as a Second Language Teacher (Certification or Endorsement)
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant Endorsement
  • P-3 Certification
  • Principal Certification
  • Secondary Education Certification
  • School Library Media Specialist Endorsement
  • Supervisor Certification
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement

NJCU Certificate Programs

  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Career Education Specialist
  • Distance Learning Specialist

In addition to the general graduate study admission requirements, programs may have their own requirements for admission; e.g., for admission to certification programs and degree/certification programs, and for students seeking an initial instructional certificate. Students must meet all matriculation requirements at the time of application and must submit GRE test results prior to matriculation.2 All students are expected to review their program and department requirements as specified in this Catalog.

Students seeking a New Jersey Department of Education certificate must apply for their certificate at the same time that they apply for graduation. Certification forms are available at the Center for Teacher Preparation and Partnerships (Professional Studies Building, Room 203A). Certification information can be found by visiting Inquiries can be sent to