Elementary Education Major K-5

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. 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.

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



The K-5 major is a thirty (30) credit sequence of courses that qualifies candidates to become eligible for certification as a teacher from kindergarten through grade five (K-5). In addition to general education requirements (University Core Curriculum), students must also take an appropriate academic major. The purpose of the program is to prepare preservice candidates for teaching in K-5 elementary schools.

Admissions Advisor:
Education Advisor: Assigned upon declaration of the major.
Steps to matriculation in the Undergraduate K-5 Elementary Major
  • Enroll as an elementary education major and as an appropriate liberal arts or sciences major as indicated by the state.
  • Complete ANTH 2020 with at least a C grade. 
  • Pass the Writing Assessment (See the rubric used to score the writing assessment ) and complete the Speech and Hearing Assessment (X2139).
  • Complete PSY 1100 and PSY 2100 successfully, with at least a C grade in PSY 2100.
  • Obtain a NJ Substitute Teaching License.
  • Achieve a cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher.
  • Complete Math 1100 or Math 1090, and Math 1110 (or equivalent) before the Practicum (3rd) semester.
  • Complete two science courses before the Practicum semester, for students entering WPU in or after September 2011.
  • Complete two history courses, one of them American History, before the Practicum semester, for students entering WPU in or after September 2011.
  • The PRAXIS II exam in Elementary Content Knowledge must be successfully passed before entering EDUC 4140 (student teaching).

Please Note: all General Education courses must be completed before beginning the practicum semester for students who entered WPU before September 2011.  For students under the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements, the courses in the major that meet  the UCC requirements are not taken in advance. No more than one additional course may be taken during student teaching.

Major Requirements: 30 Credits (This is a four semester program)

For students who entered WPU before September 2011:  The control sheet for the Elementary K-5 major is attached. 

For students who entered WPU in or after September 2011:  The control sheet for the Elementary K-5 major is attached.  

 

Course Number and Title Credits

You must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the program, with at least a C in every major course, and a 3.0 GPA in the education major to student teach and be recommended for certification. 

 

Semester 1

 
CIED 2030 Teaching as a Profession (Contains unsupervised 20 hour experience) 3

CIEE 2130 Teaching in a Technological World

2

Semester 2

 
CIEE 3120 Literacy and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms (Contains supervised 20 hour field experience) 3
CIEE 3110 Inclusion, Second Language Learners and Differentiated Instruction 2

Semester 3*

 
CIEE 3010 Practicum and Seminar 1
CIEE 3220 Language Arts & Social Studies Methods/Assessment for Teaching for K-5 3
CIEE 3290 Mathematics Methods & Assessment for Teaching K-5 2
CIEE 3230 Arts and Creativity Methods & Assessment for Tchng K-5 2
CIEE 3260 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-5 2

Semester 4*

 
EDUC 4140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment 10

*NOTE: if full-time status is needed during practicum or student teaching semesters, the following are recommended electives:

 

 

Exit Requirements
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 and a GPA of at least 3.0 in education courses on a 4.0 Tchng.