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 six (K-6) 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, World Languages. Integrated Math and Science, or Liberal Studies.

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 Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (#5751)(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 3,0 cumulative GPA or higher. 
  7. Complete Math 1100 or Math 1090, and Math 1110 (or equivalents) before the clinical experience (3rd) semester.
  8. Complete two science courses before the Clinical Experience semester.
  9. Complete two history courses, one them American History, before the Practicum semester.
  10. The PRAXIS Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II) exams in both Elementary Content Knowledge (#5001) and the Middle School Subject(s) of Specialization must be successfully passed before entering EDUC 4140 (clinical practice).
  11. Please Note :  No more than one additional course may be taken during clinical practice.

Course Requirements: 34 Credits (36 for Liberal Studies  or Integrated Math and Science majors with two endorsement areas). This is a four-semester program.


Course Number and Title Credits
You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program, a 3.0 GPA in the education major, and achieve at least a C in each education course to clinical practice 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-6 * 3
CIEE 3290 Mathematics Methods & Assessment for Teaching K-6*
CIEE 3230 Arts and Creativity Methods & Assessment for Teaching K-6* 2
CIEE 3260 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-6*
In addition to the above K-6 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. (See listing above.)  


Exit Requirements
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and  a 3.0 GPA in the education courses on a 4.00 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.