Secondary Education with K-12 Certification (with major in Arts and Sciences)

Professional Studies Building, Room 329
201-200-3421

The secondary program (K-12 certification) of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education prepares candidates to become reflective practitioners in urban schools. Our courses focus on the socio-historical and theoretical foundations of education, educational psychology, content-specific and multidisciplinary methods, and differentiated instruction for today's diverse classroom. Students engage in nurturing clinical experiences that equip them with the practical know-how to plan, implement, and assess effective and engaging lessons. Our tier 1 and tier III capstone courses are open to all majors.

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, or23 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
  • Successful completion of major in intended content area
  • Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exam
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of clinical experience and clinical practice (student teaching)
  • Students will be required to complete a sequence of 50 observation hours in Phase I as per New Jersey Department of Education guidelines

This includes 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.

Required Courses (Prerequisites: See EDU advisor for options):
BIOL 106Practical Nutrition3
or BIOL 224 The Human Body
or BIOL 225 Human Sexual Biology
or 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
Secondary Education Requirements
Phase I
EDU 280Challenges in Urban Education3
LTED 230Focus: Reading Language & Literacy3
Phase II
EDU 330Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning3
EDU 331Clinical Practice I2
Phase III
LTED 370Secondary:Reading & Language Workshop2
EDU 371Grades 7-12 Methods/Materials3
or EDU 315 Differentiating Instruction:Mtng Needs of Urban Stdnts from Cultrly,Ling.,&Academic Diverse Bckgrnds
Check with your advisor for the required methods course from list below:
EDU 1372Methods and Materials of Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools3
EDU 2372Methods and Materials of Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Secondary Schools3
EDU 3372Methods and Materials of Teaching Science in Middle and Secondary Schools3
EDU 4372Methods and Materials of Teaching in Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools3
Phase IV
EDU 470Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar2
EDU 480Clinical Practice II8
EDU 485Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar2
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
BIOL 225
Human Sexual Biology
or The Human Body
3
LTED 160 Languages of Power and Social Justice 3
General Education Tier ll Course 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
or
4
MATH 271 Algebra and Probability in Elementary Education 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
Liberal Arts major course 3
Liberal Arts major course 3
Liberal Arts major course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
General Education Tier III Capstone course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 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 331 Clinical Practice I 2
Liberal Arts major course 3
Liberal Arts major course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits17
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 3
Elective Course 1-3
 Credits16-18
Senior
Semester 1
LTED 370 Secondary:Reading & Language Workshop 2
EDU 371
Grades 7-12 Methods/Materials
or Differentiating Instruction:Mtng Needs of Urban Stdnts from Cultrly,Ling.,&Academic Diverse Bckgrnds
3
EDU Methods course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits14
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 Credits122-124

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Secondary 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.