DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Elementary Education Major K5 - K8
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.
The K-5 major with the 5-8 endorsement is a thirty-four to thirty-six credit sequence of courses that qualifies candidates to become eligible for certification as a teacher of all subjects from kindergarten through grade five (K-5) 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.
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 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 them American History, before the Practicum semester, for students entering WPU in or after September 2011.
The PRAXIS II exams in both Elementary Content Knowledge and the Middle School Subject(s) of Specialization 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.
Course Requirements: 34 Credits (36 for Liberal Studies majors with two endorsement areas). This is a four-semester program.
For students who entered WPU before September 2011: The attached control sheet contains details about the major.
For students who entered WPU in or after September 2011: The attached control sheet contains details about the major.
Course Number and Title
You must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the program and a 3.0 GPA in the education major to student teach and be recommended for certification.