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. 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 3.0 for students.
  3. Minimum 60 credit hours completed
  4. Directed UCC's listed below
  5. Directions for applying for full matriculation are available on the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification webpage
  6. Passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills assessment (#5751

Please Note: All UCC (University Core Curriculum areas 1-3) courses must be completed before beginning the spring clinical experience. Students must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) for Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Exam before clinical practice. 

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

You must maintain a 3.0 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
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


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 1
CIEE 3010 Practicum and seminar 1
EDUC 4140 Senior Teaching Internship (Students must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test before beginning clinical practice. 10


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.

  • Students may take one additional course during clinical practice. 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.

  • Passing score on Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) Elementary Ed Multiple Subjects Exam  (must be passed before Clinical practice)

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.