Initial Certification – Secondary Education – K-12 Earth Science

Degree Offered: Initial Certification

Concentration: Initial Certification Secondary Education K-12: Earth Science

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Description:

This program offers a graduate curriculum leading to a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in Earth Science.

(Note: Post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs may be taken as stand-alone programs OR can be taken as Phase I in the 2-phase MAT Program. (See MAT Program Sheet for details.)

Following completion of the first 15 credits of coursework, candidates enroll in a 10-credit student teaching internship plus a 2-credit seminar. The traditional internship requires a full semester of supervised teaching in a public school.

Additional field placements include a part-time practicum and school-based observations.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree with a major in earth science.
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Two letters of recommendation from an educator.
  • An essay describing applicant's reasons for wanting to enter the teaching profession.
  • An interview with the program director
  • Praxis Core academic skills for educators

Requirements to be completed prior to Student Teaching:

  • Pass appropriate Praxis II exam.
  • Fulfill health/hygiene requirement.
  • Pass speech and hearing assessments.

*Candidates must consult with their faculty advisor before selecting courses in the event that changes have been made in the program or its course offerings.

** Candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to remain matriculated in this program

Program Requirements:

  • 27 credits of graduate study.
  • Become a member of content area Specialized Professional Association (SPA).
  • Performance portfolio with resume, lesson plans and unit plans, assessment and management techniques.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Satisfactory completion of a mandated assessment at the conclusion of student teaching.
Certificate: Initial Certification Secondary Education K-12 earth science27 credits
Program Requirements:
Semester I 9
CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications (includes 20 hours unsupervised field observations) 3
CISE 5200 Educational Psychology and Classroom Management 3
CIRL 5220 Literacy and Technology Across the Curriculum 3
Semester II 6
CIEE 5220 Inclusion, Second Language Learners and Differentiated Instruction 2
CIEE 5300 Secondary Education Practicum Internship apply in advance for practicum placement. Candidates must possess a substitute teaching license prior to practicum semester) 1
CISE 5340 Science Methods in Secondary Schools 3
Semester III 12
EDUC 5400 Student Teaching Internship - 5 days per week 10
CISE 5500 Reckoning with the Past and Preparing for a Future in Education 2
Note: Field experiences (CISE 5300 and EDUC 5400) MUST be applied for one year in advance. Applications, which include biographical data forms, are available to download from the Office of Field Experiences web page at www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/field/applications.dot