Elementary Education School Teacher (K-6) & Teacher of Students with Disabilities Preparation Program

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.


Education Advisor: Dr. Peter Griswold
  • griswoldp@wpunj.edu
  • X3608
  • V3008 (Enter through V3010 - Department of Special Education & Counseling)
Steps to Formal Acceptance and Continuation in the Undergraduate K-6 Elementary / TSD Dual Licensure Program
  1. Declared Liberal Arts Major from list of approved majors appearing on the Office of Certification's homepage
  2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75
  3. Minimum 60 credit hours completed
  4. Directed GE's listed below
  5. Directions for applying for full matriculation are available on the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification webpage
  6. Complete the Speech and Hearing Assessment
  7. Letter of recommendation from an educator (see advisor for details)
  8. Passing grade on COE Writing Assessment 

Please Note: All General Education courses must be completed before beginning the spring practicum semester. Students must pass the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge Exam before student teaching.

Program Course Requirements: 47 Credits (This is a four semester program) exclusive of GE Requirements, Electives, and Academic Major courses

You must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the program to be recommended for certification.

Course Number and Title Credits
Directed GE Requirements and Electives  
BIO 1140 Applied Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 1200 Human Biology 4
COMM 1100 Communication in Action* 3
MATH 1100 Contemporary Math* 3
MATH 1110 Algebra and Geometry (or higher level math)* 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology* 3
PSY 2100 Developmental Psychology* 3
SOC 1010 Principles of Sociology* 3
ANTH 2020 Foundations for Teaching: Anthropology of Education* 3
CS 2150 Computer Information Technology for Education or a passing score on the Proficiency Exam * 3
 Note: Students entering the program after 9/1/11 are not required to complete CS2150- Computer Information Technology for Education or pass the Proficiency Exam.  

Special Education Courses

You must maintain a 3.0 in professional education courses. No grade below "C" is acceptable in a professional education course.

SPC 2550 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
CIEE 2130 Teaching in a Global, Technological World 2
SPC 3130 Introduction to Assistive Technology 3
CIEE 2290 Literacy and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms 3
SPC 3520 School Based Assessment of Diverse Populations 3
SPC 3530 Instructional Management in Diverse and Inclusive Settings 3
SPC 3540 Classroom Management in the Inclusive Classroom 3
CIEE 3220 Language Arts/SS Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-6 3
CIEE 3260 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-6 2
CIEE 3290 Mathematics Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-6 2
SPEE 4290 Individualized Instructional Content & Strategies for Learners with Academic Challenges: K-6 3
SPC 4560 Lifespan Transitions: Home, School and Community 2
Required Professional Related Courses:  
CODS 3710 Language Development in Schools 3
PSY/CISE 2950 Educational Psychology and Behavior Management 3
Field Requirements  
SPC 3550 Practicum A 1
CIEE 3010 Practicum and seminar 1
EDUC 4140 Senior Teaching Internship (Students must pass the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge test before beginning student teaching) 10


Visit the Office of Field Experience (OFE) for information regarding field requirements.
Exit Requirements
  • Satisfactorily complete chosen academic major requirements
  • Satisfactorily complete program requirements in the dual licensure program with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • Passing score on Praxis II Elementary Ed Content Knowledge (must be passed before student teaching)