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

Education Advisor: Dr. Peter Griswold
  • griswoldp@wpunj.edu
  • X3761
  • 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. Enroll as an Elementary Education Major and have an appropriate approved majors
    2. Successfull completion of ANTH 2020 and PSY 2100, both with a minimum grade of C
    3. Minimum 60 credit hours completed
    4. Directed UCC's listed below
    5. Achieve a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
    6. Qualifying score on the Praxis CORE (#5751), SATs or ACTs 
      (please refer to the Praxis Core webpage for more information and deadlines)
    7. Requirements to begin the Professional Sequence of Coursework in the Education major is availalbe on the  Office of Education Enrollment and Certification webpage

Please Note:

  • All UCC (University Core Curriculum areas 1-3) courses must be completed before beginning the clinical experience.
  • Official passing scores for the Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) for Elementary Education Multiple Subjects must be received no later than August 1 for Fall Clinical Practice or January 1 for Spring Clinical Practice
  • No more than one additional course may be taken during Clinical Practice

Program Course Requirements: 47 Credits (exclusive of UCC Requirements, Electives, and Academic Major courses)

You must maintain an overall 3.0 cumulative GPA prior to beginning professional sequences Education coursework

Directed UCC Requirements and Electives
Course Number and Title Credits
BIO 1140 Applied Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 1200 Human Biology 4
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
ANTH 2020 Foundations for Teaching: Anthropology of Education* 3
Course in American History 3
Second Science course (lab not required) 3

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  (MUST BE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED BEFORE SPC/SPEE 300+ COURSES ARE TAKEN)


CIEE 2130 Teaching in a Global, Technological World


SPC 3130 Introduction to Assistive Technology


CIEE 3120 Literacy and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms


SPC 3520 School Based Assessment of Diverse Populations


SPC 3530 Instructional Management in Diverse and Inclusive Settings


SPC 3540 Classroom Management in the Inclusive Classroom


CIEE 3220 Language Arts/SS Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-6


CIEE 3260 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-6


CIEE 3290 Mathematics Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-6


SPC 4290 Individualized Instructional Content & Strategies for Learners with Academic Challenges: K-6


SPC 4560 Lifespan Transitions: Home, School and Community


Required Professional Related Courses:

CODS 3710 Language Development in Schools


Field Requirements        

SPC 3550 Practicum A (Clinical Experience)


CIEE 3010 Practicum and seminar (Clinical Experience)


EDUC 4140 Senior Teaching Internship  (Clinical Practice) (Official passing scores for the Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) for Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Exam must be received by the University by August 1 for Fall Clinical Practice or January 1 for Spring Clinical Practice)


Visit the Office of Field Experience (OFE) for information regarding field requirements.

Notes / Exit Requirements

Field experience applications for SPC 3550, CIEE 3010, and EDUC 4140 are due one year in advance: each fall (October 15) for placement the next fall, and each spring (March 15) for placement the next spring.

Instructions and applications are available for download from the Office of Field Experience's webpage.  Completed applications and all supporting documents are turned in to the secretary of the department.

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 3.0 on a 4.00 scale and a 3.0 GPA in education major courses.