Elementary Education Major K-6

The K-6 major is a thirty (30) credit sequence of courses that qualifies candidates to become eligible for certification as a teacher from kindergarten through grade six  (K-6). 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-6 elementary schools.

Admissions Advisor:
Education Advisor: Assigned upon declaration of the major.
Steps to matriculation in the Undergraduate K-6 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 Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (#5751) (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 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Complete Math 1100 or Math 1090, and Math 1110 (or equivalents) before the clinical experience (3rd) semester.
  • Complete two science courses before the clinical experience semester.
  • Complete two history courses, one of them American History, before the clinical experience semester.
  • The PRAXIS Subject Assessment (formerly the Praxis II) exam in Elementary Education Multiple Subjects (5001) Content Knowledge must be successfully passed before entering EDUC 4140 (clinical practice).

Please Note:  No more than one additional course may be taken during clinical practice.

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



Course Number and Title Credits

You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA 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


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 clinical experience or clinical practice semesters, the following are recommended on-line electives:



Exit Requirements
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA of at least 3.0 in education courses on a 4.0 scale  
The Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) 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 II is required before you can student teach. It is advised to take the Praxis Subject Assessment exam as soon as your 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, 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 #5001 test.