Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Post-Baccalaureate Elementary Education Certificate (K-6)


This Certificate program is designed for college graduates who are not certified to teach. Upon successful completion of the curriculum and passing the Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II) Elementary Education Content Knowledge Examination, the student is eligible for a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing to teach all subjects in grades K-6.

This program typically takes a year and a half to complete.

Admissions Advisor/Program Director: Julie Rosenthal

Entry Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accepted college or university.
  • Undergraduate minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 
  • Passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (series 5751)
  • Passing score(s) on the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment Exam(s)
  • Completion of an appropriate academic major in liberal arts or science or a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts
  • Two letters of recommendation from educational, professional or business sources.
  • An essay that requires the candidate to describe her/his reasons for wishing to complete the program.
  • An interview with the Program Director.

Requirements Prior to Student Teaching 

  • A course in developmental or child psychology.
  • Completion of physiology and hygiene requirement.

Course Requirements: 30 Credits

Suggested Course Sequence: Course Number and Title


Pre-Practicum Coursework


CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications (Contains
unsupervised 20 hour classroom observation experience.  Placement to be
determined by Office of Field Experiences.)


CIEE 5160 Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum (On-line course)


CIEE 5120 Reading, Language Arts and Literature in Inclusive Classrooms
(Meets in an area elementary school; contains 20 hours supervised field experience.
Students must be fingerprinted for this course.)


CIEE 5220 Inclusion, English Language Learners, and Differentiated Instruction


Practicum and Related Courses


CIEE 5170 Practicum and Seminar (Includes one full day per week in a school)*+

*Note: This course MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 5140.  +Students must apply for the field placement one year in advance through the Office of Field Experiences.


CIEE 5140 Teaching Strategies in Social Studies and Global Issues*

*Note: This course MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 5170.


CIEE 5130 Mathematics Methods and Assessments for Teaching for K-5 


CIEE 5190 Science Methods and Assessments for Teaching K-5


CIEE 5180 Art and Creativity Methods and Assessments K-5


Full-Time Student Teaching (Note: Practicum and ALL pre-Practicum and practicum-
related coursework must be completed prior to student teaching.)


EDUC 5140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment+

+Students must apply for the field placement one year in advance through the Office of Field Experiences.


Exit Requirements

  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • Maintain a B average (3.0) or above in program courses
  • Pass the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment Exam(s).
  • Complete the Physiology and Hygiene requirement.

Important Elementary Education (K-6) Praxis Information as of 9/1/2014


**The 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.  

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.