Elementary Ed (K-6/5-8/TSD) Major

The Elementary Education (K-6) Teacher of Students with Disabilities and an endorsement in subject area 5-8 major is a 51 credit sequence of courses that qualifies candidates to become eligible for certification as a teacher of all subjects from kindergarten through grade six (K-6), as a teacher of student with disabilities and as a teacher in the subject specialization in grades 5-8. In addition to general education requirements, students must take an appropriate liberal arts or sciences major--English, History, Mathematics, Science, or World Languages.

Admissions Advisor: Dr. Peter Griswold
  • griswoldp@wpunj.edu
  • X3761
  • V3008 (Enter through V3010 - Department of Special Education & Counseling)
Education Advisor: Assigned upon declaration of the major.
Steps to matriculation in the Undergraduate K-6 Elementary Major and Teach of Students with Disabilities with 5-8 Endorsement
  1. Enroll as an elementary education major and as an appropriate liberal arts or sciences major as indicated by the state.
  2. Complete ANTH 2020 with at least a C grade.
  3. Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (5751) (X2139). 
  4. Complete PSY 1100 and PSY 2100 successfully, with at least a C grade in PSY 2100.
  5. Obtain a NJ Substitute Teaching License.
  6. Achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher. 
  7. Complete Math 1100 or Math 1090, and Math 1110 (or equivalents) before the clinical experice (3rd) semester.
  8. Complete two science courses before the Clinical Experice.  One science course must be BIO 1200 Human Biology or BIO 1140 Applied Anatomy and Physiology.
  9. Complete two history courses before the Clinical experience. One history course must be in American History.
  10. The PRAXIS Subjects Assessments (formerly known as the Praxis II) exams in both Elementary Multiple Subjects 5001 ) and the Middle School Subject(s) of Specialization must be successfully passed before entering EDUC 4140 (clinical practice).
  11. Please Note : No more than one additional course may be taken during clinical practice.
Course Requirements: 
Course Number and Title Credits
You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program, with at least a C in all major courses, and a 3.0 GPA in the education major to student teach and be recommended for certification.  
Semester 1   
(Pre-req:  Candidacy in K-6/5-8 TSD major; ANTH 2020 (or course from approved list); PSY 1100, and PSY 2100 and a 3.0 GPA)  
SPC 2550 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society  3
CIEE 2130 Teaching in a Global, Technological World 2
Semester 2  
SPC 3130 Adaptive And Assistive Technologies in the Elementary Classroom 3
CIEE 3120 Literacy and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms(Contains supervised 20 hour field experience - seehttp://euphrates.wpunj.edu/faculty/rosenthalj/LiteracyCourseInformation.html for more information 3
CODS 3710  Language Disorders in Schools  
Grade 5-8 Specialization:
CIMS 3290 Reading & Writing Across Curriculum

NOTE:  It is recommended that candidates take the Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) in Elementary Education:  Multiple Subjects (5001)in this semester.  
Semester 3  
(Pre-req:  SPC 2550; substitute license)  
SPC 3520 School-Based Assessment of Diverse Populations 3
SPC 3530 Instructional Management in Diverse and Inclusive Settings 3
SPC 3540 Classroom Management in the Inclusive Classroom 3
SPEE 3550 Practicum Package A 1
Grade 5-8 Specialization:  One of the following:  
CIMS 3320 Language Arts Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
CIMS 3330 Social Studies Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
CIMS 3340 Methods/Assessment for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 5-8 2
CIMS 3350 Science Methods/ Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
CIMS 3360 World Languages Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
Semester 4  
CIEE 3010 Practicum and Seminar*+ 1
CIEE 3220 Language Arts & Social Studies Methods/Assessment for Teaching for K-5 * 3
CIEE 3260 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-5* 2
CIEE 3290 Mathematics Methods & Assessment for Teaching K-5* 2
SPC 4290 Individualized Instructional Content and Strategies for Learners with Academic challenges K-5 3
Semester 5  
EDUC 4140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar+ 10
SPC 4560 Lifespan Transitions:  Home, School and Community   2
NOTE:  Candidates are not permitted to enroll in more than one additional course during Clinical Practice.  
Notes / Exit Requirements
  • Field Experience applications for SPC 3550, CIEE 3010 and EDUC 4140 are due one year in advance: each fall (October 15) for placement the next fall, and each spring (March 15) for placement the next spring.
  • Instructions and applications are available for download from the Office of Field Experience's webpage. Completed applications and all supporting documents are turned into the secretary for the department.
  • Students may take one additional course during Clinical Practice.
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0  and a 3.0 GPA in their education courses on a 4.00 scale.