The Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education's mission is to prepare inquiring and reflective educators to teach in diverse settings at the pre-school through grade eight levels in the public schools of New Jersey. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered to students who are pursuing elementary/early childhood education as a profession and to certified teachers who want to enhance their professional development and practice through graduate study.

Attention Teacher Education Candidates:

The required PRAXIS II test(s) must be taken and passed prior to student teaching.
For more detailed information regarding the PRAXIS, please click here.

The Praxis II for Elementary Content Knowledge required for certification in New Jerseyas of September 1, 2012 is #5031, Elementary Content Knowledge, Multiple Subjects Test. Passing the appropriate Praxis II is required before you can student teach. It is advised to take the Praxis II exam as soon as your GE or UCC courses are completed so the content information is still freshest. Also, taking it early in your education sequence of courses gives you an opportunity to retake the whole test or any of the four sections if you do not pass.

If you passed the previously approved test before September 1, 2012, you do not need to take the new exam. However, NewJersey is notaccepting scores on the old test for those who take Praxis II after September 1, 2012. The link below has the schedule for upcoming tests. It shows that both the old and the new (5031) are available for registration at Educational Testing Services (ETS). Be careful to register for the #5031 test.


Beginning in the fall of 2014, a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required to enter all education majors and to begin taking education couses. Students who have already matriculated in their education major will not be held to the 3.0 at least for the 2014-2015 academic year. The New Jersey Department of Education has not yet announced when the 3.0 requirement will be in effect for all students seeking certification. In addition, candidates must have a 3.0 GPA in their education courses in order to student teach.

Dr. Linnie Weiland
Department Chair

Office: 4092
E-mail: weilandl@wpunj.edu



Elaine Bush
Department Secretary

Office: V4094
email: bushe@wpunj.edu