Undergraduate Education Major Requirements

Are you ready to reach your goal of becoming a teacher?

The faculty and staff of the WP College of Education are here to work together with you as you pursue teacher licensure.

Learn more about the legacy of WP's teacher preparation program and the College of Education.  Here are the initial steps you will take towards qualifying to begin education major coursework!

Get Started!

1) Select an appropriate major

Are you new to WP?  Apply through Admissions and select an education major and academic major

Are you already a WP Pioneer? Declare an Education Major and an Appropriate Academic Major using these steps:


2) Meet with an advisor

3) View Degree Works

GPA and Support

At the point of 60 earned credits, you can begin the professional sequence of education major coursework, if you meet certain qualifications, including a 3.0 GPA and basic skills testing.

We know you have the WillPower to succeed and WP has supports in place to help with your studies, your assignments, and your overall health and well being.

As a WP student, free resources are available to you such as tutoring, test preparation, and more! Visit https://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/cert/teacher-candidates-resources.html to see a list of many resources.

Test Requirements, Preparation, and Accommodations

What test do you need? Have you taken the ACT or SAT already? If so, your scores may qualify to meet the NJ Department of Education basic skills requirement for teacher candidates. If not, you can opt to take the PRAXIS CORE, the ACT or the SAT (or can use a mix of scores from these tests) to meet this state requirement. See the scores required here. https://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/cert/praxis-core

What supports can you use? A variety of free supports exist to help you prepare for the test! Borrow a study guide or take a workshop for free at WP. View the library's guide to PRAXIS preparation with helpful links to videos and books, created just for you! Learn more here. https://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/cert/praxis-preparation-resources.html

If you have received accommodations for disabilities as a high school, community college, or university student, register with the WP Accessibility Resource Center soon and be sure to keep your diagnosis current if you wish to receive accommodations on the CORE, ACT or SAT or other testing in the future.   https://www.wpunj.edu/accessibilityresourcecenter/

Accommodations are also available for English Language Learners and fee waivers are available for those who qualify. 

Ready to Begin Education Major Coursework?

Once these requirements are met, the College of Education will notify you about permission to begin coursework in education:

  1. 3.0 GPA
  2. 60 earned credits
  3. Qualifying Basic Skills Scores (PRAXIS CORE, SAT, ACT or a combination of these)
  4. Appropriate Education major and Academic Major (as required)

Taking Education Major Coursework

When you are permitted to begin the professional sequence of education major coursework, you will have the support of the College of Education in achieving the following:

  • 3.0 overall cumulative GPA
  • 3.0 education major GPA
  • Adhere to other academic policies may be referenced here:
  • Passing Praxis Subject Assessment(s)   This is a test of the content you will be responsible for teaching.  It is a licensure exam.
  • Official, scores for the PRAXIS (II) Subject Assessment must be received by the university from the testing company by the following deadlines.  Scores for all tests required for your license area/areas must be received.   This includes middle school exams if applicable.
    • Required to TAKE the PRAXIS Subject Assessment to enter Clinical Practice I (CPI)
    • Required to PASS the PRAXIS Subject Assessment in order to enter Clinical Practice II (CPII)
    • Deadlines: January 1 for Spring clinicals and August 15 for Fall clinicals
  • Meet Office of Field Experience dates and deadlines. Further information:
    • Complete the NJ Department of Education Criminal History Background Check and Fingerprinting Process
    • Apply for Your Substitute Teaching License (background check and Mantoux testing are required)
    • Apply for Clinical Experience/s and Clinical Practices

Obtaining Your License

The Office of Education Enrollment and Certification can be requested to nominate qualified teacher candidates to the NJ Department of Education for obtainment of the Certificate of Eligibility With Advanced Standing (CEAS) teaching certification.  Qualifications to request nomination include:

  • 3.0 Cumulative overall GPA
  • 3.0 Education major GPA
  • Conferred Bachelor's Degree (degree date as evidence)

Don't forget to apply for graduation!

Submission deadlines are as follows:
January graduation- October 1;
May graduation- February 1;
August graduation- June 1

Important Reminders

Teacher Candidates and Clinical Interns: Do not forget to apply for Clinical Experience and Clinical Practice through the Office of Field Experiences -- applications must be submitted one year in advance.