Elementary Education Co-major with K–6 Certification (With Major in Arts and Sciences)

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THIS CONCENTRATION ARE:

  • 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 #5713    Passing Score 156
  • Writing Test #5723     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:  https://www.ets.org/praxis/nj/requirements

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THIS DEGREE TRACK ARE:

  • Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
  • Completion of approved liberal arts major
  • Passing scores on appropriate Praxis exams
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of clinical Clinical Practice 1 and Clinical Practice 2. 
  • Students will be required to complete a sequence of 50 observation hours in Phase I, as per NJDOE guidelines

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

Students with bachelor's degrees in designated areas may be eligible to add middle school extension certifications (grades 6-8). Speak with an advisor for details. 

Required Courses (Prerequisites: See EDU advisor for options)
BIOL 106Practical Nutrition3
or BIOL 224 The Human Body
or BIOL 225 Human Sexual Biology
or APPROVED BIO ALTERNATIVE
MATH 215Problem Solving in Mathematics (Required of students who have yet to meet Praxis Core Math requirement)3
MATH 271Algebra and Probability in Elementary Education (Required of students who have yet to meet Praxis Core Math requirement)3
Phase I (Phase I must be completed prior to admission to the Elementary Education program. Students may take Phase I only prior to passing the Praxis CORE):
EDU 280Challenges in Urban Education3
LTED 230Focus: Reading Language & Literacy3
Phase II With approval of advisor students may combine Phases II and III (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Phase I, passing score on the Praxis CORE -- unless exempt):
EDU 330Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning3
EDU 490Rethinking Education3
or EDU 315 Differentiating Instruction:Mtng Needs of Urban Stdnts from Cultrly,Ling.,&Academic Diverse Bckgrnds
Phase III (Courses should be taken concurrently. Fall semester only):
EDU 331Clinical Practice I (Must be taken in the fall)2
EDU 361Elementary Social Studies Methods2
EDU 362Elementary Science Methods2
EDU 363Elementary Math Methods2
LTED 360Elementary Reading & Language Workshop2
Phase IV (Courses must be taken concurrently. Spring semester only.):
EDU 485Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar2
EDU 470Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar2
EDU 480Clinical Practice II (Must be taken in the proceeding spring)8
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4
INTD 101 Orientation to College *First time freshman only 1
MATH 215 Problem Solving in Mathematics 3
LTED 160 Languages of Power and Social Justice 3
BIOL 225
Human Sexual Biology
or The Human Body
3
General Education Tier ll Course 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4
General Education Tier II course 3
General Education Tier II course 3
General Education Tier II course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Semester 1
EDU 280 Challenges in Urban Education 3
LTED 230 Focus: Reading Language & Literacy 3
MATH 271 Algebra and Probability in Elementary Education 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
General Education Tier III Capstone course 3
General Education Tier II 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
 Credits15
Junior
Semester 1
EDU 330 Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning 3
EDU 490
Rethinking Education
or Differentiating Instruction:Mtng Needs of Urban Stdnts from Cultrly,Ling.,&Academic Diverse Bckgrnds
3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 2
 Credits14
Senior
Semester 1
LTED 360 Elementary Reading & Language Workshop 2
EDU 331 Clinical Practice I 2
EDU 361 Elementary Social Studies Methods 2
EDU 362 Elementary Science Methods 2
EDU 363 Elementary Math Methods 2
Liberal Arts Major course 3
Liberal Arts Major course 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
EDU 470 Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar 2
EDU 480 Clinical Practice II 8
EDU 485 Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar 2
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Elementary Education program, we make the following claims:

  1. Our candidates demonstrate mastery of the subject matter they plan to teach.
  2. Our candidates demonstrate their pedagogical knowledge, integrating their understanding of their pupils’ developmental levels, individual differences, learning exceptionalities, and sociocultural backgrounds.
  3. Our candidates demonstrate effective instruction, caring behavior, and reflection to improve practice.
  4. Our candidates know and value how individuals are shaped by their life experiences as mediated by factors such as social class, gender, race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, age, and social needs. Our candidates know, value, and engage in culturally responsive teaching to promote social justice, particularly in our urban areas.
  5. Our candidates are able to use appropriate technology in carrying out their professional responsibilities.