Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Master's of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education Certification (K-6)

Admission to this program has been suspended and is no longer open for admission.  Please contact Dr. Julie Rosenthal for additional information on graduate level certification K-6.

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Post Baccalaureate Initial (K-6) Elementary Education Certification Program

Program Director: Dr. Julie Rosenthal
Phone: 973-720-3087
Office: V4096

Entry Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accepted college or university.
  • Undergraduate minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 
  • Passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (series 5751)
  • Passing score(s) on the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II) Exam(s)
  • Completion of an appropriate academic major in liberal arts or science or a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts
  • Two letters of recommendation from educational, professional or business sources.
  • An essay that requires the candidate to describe her/his reasons for wishing to complete the program.
  • An interview with the Program Director.

Requirements Prior to Student Teaching 

  • A course in developmental or child psychology.
  • Completion of physiology and hygiene requirement.
  • Completion of a course in Adolescent Psychology

 Course Requirements: suggested sequence, Phase I, teacher certification; 30 Credits

 Pre-Practicum Coursework


CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications (Contains unsupervised 20 hour experience -prereq to CIEE 517 and EDUC 514 )


CIEE 5160 Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum


CIEE 5220 Inclusion, English Language Learners, and Differentiated Instruction


CIEE 5120 Reading, Language Arts and Literature in Inclusive Classrooms (Meets in an area elementary school; contains 20 hours supervised field experience. Students must be fingerprinted for this course.)


Practicum and Related Coursework  

(Pre-req.s: CIEE 5110, CIEE 5120, CIEE 5160, CIEE 5220)  

Course Number and Title


CIEE 5170 Practicum and Seminar*+ (Contains one day per week field placement)

Note: This course MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 5140.


CIEE 5130 Mathematics Methods and Assessments for Teaching for K-5 *


CIEE 5190 Science Methods and Assessments for Teaching K-5*


CIEE 5140 Teaching Strategies in Social Studies and Global Issues*

Note: This course MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 5170.


CIEE 5180 Art and Creativity Methods and Assessments K-5*


 Student Teaching Semester
(Pre-req.s: CIEE 5170, CIEE 5140, CIEE 5130, CIEE 5180, CIEE 5190)


EDUC 5140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment+ (Full time Student Teaching plus Seminar)


 Course Requirements: suggested sequence, Phase II, M.A.T. Courses, 15 Credits


Graduate Level Elective (Approved by advisor)


Graduate Level Elective in Content Area (Approved by advisor)


Graduate Level Elective in Content Area (Approved by advisor)


CMAT 6810 Research I


CMAT 6820 Research II



Exit Requirements

  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • Maintain B or better average

* These courses should be taken concurrently

+These courses require prior application through the Office of Field Experiences and must be taken in sequence. Applications must be submitted one year in advance. Apply every Fall (October 15) for placement the next Fall and every Spring (March 15) for placement the next Spring. For additional information please contact the Office of Field Experiences 973-720-3132 or 2109.

**The Praxis Subject Assessment for Elementary Content Knowledge required for certification in New Jersey as of September 1, 2014 is #5001, Elementary Content Knowledge, Multiple Subjects Test. Passing the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment is required before you can student teach.   Official scores must be received by August 1 for Fall student teaching and January 1 for Spring student teaching.

If you passed the previously approved test before September 1, 2014, you do not need to take the new exam. However, New Jersey is not accepting scores on the old test for those who take Praxis II after September 1, 2014. The link below has the schedule for upcoming tests. It shows that both the old and the new (5001) are available for registration at Educational Testing Services (ETS). Be careful to register for the #5001test.