Elementary Education Major K6 - K8

The K-6 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.

Admissions Advisor:
Education Advisor: Assigned upon declaration of the major.
Steps to matriculation in the Undergraduate K-6 Elementary Major with 5-8 Endorsement
  1. Enroll as an elementary education major and as an appropriate liberal arts or sciences major as indicated by the state.
  2. Complete ANTH 2020 with at least a C grade.
  3. Pass the Writing Assessment (See the rubric used to score the writing assessment ) and complete the Speech and Hearing Assessment (X2139).
  4. Complete PSY 1100 and PSY 2100 successfully, with at least a C grade in PSY 2100.
  5. Obtain a NJ Substitute Teaching License.
  6. Achieve a 2.75 GPA or higher. (Students matriculating after September 1, 2014 require a 3.0 GPA)
  7. Complete Math 1100 or Math 1090, and Math 1110 (or equivalent) before the Practicum (3rd) semester.
  8. Complete two science courses before the Practicum semester, for students entering WPU in or after September 2011.
  9. Complete two history courses, one them American History, before the Practicum semester, for students entering WPU in or after September 2011.
  10. The PRAXIS II exams in both Elementary Content Knowledge (5001 effective 9/1/2014) and the Middle School Subject(s) of Specialization must be successfully passed before entering EDUC 4140 (student teaching).
  11. 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 Credits
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.   
Semester 1  
CIED 2030 Teaching as a Profession (Contains unsupervised 20 hour experience) 3
CIEE 2130 Teaching in a Global, Technological World 2
Semester 2  
CIEE 3120 Literacy and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms (Contains supervised 20 hour field experience - see http://euphrates.wpunj.edu/faculty/rosenthalj/LiteracyCourseInformation.htm for more information) 3
CIEE 3110 Inclusion, Second Language Learners and Differentiated Instruction 2
CIMS 3290 Reading & Writing Across Curriculum 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 Teaching K-5* 2
CIEE 3260 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-5*
2
In addition to the above K-5 courses, complete one of the following, as appropriate to your major:  
CIMS 3320 Language Arts Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
CIMS 3330 Social Studies Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
CIMS 3340 Methods/Assessment for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 5-8 2
CIMS 3350 Science Methods/ Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
CIMS 3360 World Languages Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
Semester 4  
EDUC 4140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment+ 10
Liberal Studies Majors with two appropriate content specializations: Complete a second methods course  
CIMS 3340 Methods/Assessment for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 5-8 2
CIMS 3350 Science Methods/ Assessment for Teaching 5-8 2
   

 

Exit Requirements
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (if graduating prior to September 1, 2016)  and a in the education courses on a 4.00 scale.
    Students graduating after September 1, 2016 require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in their education courses on a 4.00 scale.
The 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 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, 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.

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