Post-Baccalaureate Elementary Education Certification (K5 - 58)

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Post Baccalaureate K-5 Elementary Certification with 5-8 Subject Specialization Program

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Julie Rosenthal
Email:  rosenthalj@wpunj.edu 
Phone:  973-720-3141 
Room:  V4090

Entry Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accepted college or university.
  • Undergraduate cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of an appropriate academic major in liberal arts or science
  • Two letters of recommendation from an education, professional or business source.
  • An essay that requires the candidate to describe her/his reasons for wishing to complete the program.
  • An interview with the Program Director.


Requirements to be met Prior to Student Teaching: 

  • Passing scores on the Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Praxis II Exam (5031)**  and appropriate Middle School subject Praxis exam(s)
    Completion of a course in developmental or child psychology.
  • Completion of a course in Adolescent Psychology
  • Completion of physiology and hygiene requirement
 

Suggested Course Sequence: Course Number and Title

Credits

Pre-Practicum Coursework

 

CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications (Contains unsupervised 20 hour experience)

3

CIEE 5160 Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum (On-line course)

2

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.)

3

CIEE 5220 Inclusion, English Language Learners, and Differentiated Instruction

2

CIMS 5200 Reading & Writing in Grade 5-8 Content Areas

2

Practicum and Related Courses

 

CIEE 5170 Practicum and Seminar (Includes one full day per week in a school)*+

Note: This course MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 514.  Students must apply for the field placement one year in advance through the Office of Field Experiences.

1

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

3

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

2

CIEE 5140 Teaching Strategies in Social Studies and Global Issues*

Note: This course MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 517.

3

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

2

In addition, complete one of the following, as appropriate to your subject specialization*:

 

English majors: CIMS 5320 Language Arts Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8

2

History, Geography, Pol. Sci. majors: CIMS 5330 Social Studies Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8

2

Math Majors: CIMS 5340 Mathematics Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8

2

Science majors: CIMS 5350 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8

2

World Language Majors: CIMS 5360 World Languages Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8

2

Full-Time Student Teaching

 

EDUC 5140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment+  (Note: Practicum and ALL pre-Practicum and practicum-related coursework must be completed prior to student teaching.)  Students must apply for the field placement one year in advance through the Office of Field Experiences.

10

Exit Requirements

  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • Maintain a B average or above in courses
 
*These courses must be taken concurrently 
+These courses require prior application through the Office of Field Experiences and should 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 II for Elementary Content Knowledge required for certification in New Jersey as of September 1, 2012 is #5031, Elementary Content Knowledge, Multiple Subjects Test. Passing the appropriate Praxis II is required before you can student teach.

If you passed the previously approved test before September 1, 2012, 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, 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.

http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates/computer

 

IMPORTANT PRAXIS UPDATES

NEW!  PRAXIS II CHANGES AS OF 9/1/2013

PRAXIS II State Requirement Changes:

Middle School Math
K-12 Subject Math
Middle School Language Arts
K-12 English

The New Jersey Department of Education has announced several new PRAXIS II exams effective SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 (see below).

 Candidates who have taken and passed the previous Praxis II for any of the areas listed below, prior to September 1, 2013, will be able to use those scores for licensure and do NOT need to take the new exams.

CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN THE CURRENT PRAXIS II TEST for these particular areas, PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2013, WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS THE NEW EXAM AND ADHERE TO THE NEW PASSING GUIDELINES- NO EXCEPTIONS! PASSING REQUIRED PRAXIS TEST(S) SCORES MUST BE OBTAINED TO STUDENT TEACH."

New Praxis Test Information (Effective September 1, 2013) Praxis Test Test Code New Passing Score:

Middle School Mathematics 5169   qualifying score 165
K-12 Mathematics 5161 qualifying score 160
Middle School English Language Arts 5047 qualifying score 164
K-12 English Language Arts 5038 qualifying score 167
 

The information in the chart above is derived from an attachment on the NJ Department of Education’s Office of Licensure and Credential (homepage item: Amendments to the Licensure Code Effective July 2, 2013)

http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates/computer