Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Post-Baccalaureate Elementary Education Certificate (K6 - 58)


Post Baccalaureate K-6 Elementary Certificate with 5-8 Subject Specialization Program

This program typically takes one and a half years to complete.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Julie Rosenthal
Phone:  973-720-3141 
Room:  V4096

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 Assessments (formerly the Praxis II) Exam(s)
  • Completion of appropriate academic major in liberal arts or science or a minimum of 60 credits in Liberal Arts.
  • Minimum of 15 credits of coursework in the Middle School Content Area.
  • 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.
  • Completion of a course in Adolescent Psychology

Suggested Course Sequence: Course Number and Title


Pre-Practicum Coursework


CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications (Contains unsupervised 20 hour experience)


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


CIMS 5200 Reading & Writing in Grade 5-8 Content Areas


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


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


CIEE 5190 Science Methods and Assessments for Teaching K-5*


CIEE 5140 Teaching Strategies in Social Studies and Global Issues*

Note: This course MUST be taken concurrently with CIEE 517.


CIEE 5180 Art and Creativity Methods and Assessments K-5*


In addition, complete one of the following, as appropriate to your subject specialization*:


English majors: CIMS 5320 Language Arts Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8


History, Geography, Pol. Sci. majors: CIMS 5330 Social Studies Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8


Math Majors: CIMS 5340 Mathematics Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8


Science majors: CIMS 5350 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8


World Language Majors: CIMS 5360 World Languages Methods/Assessment for Teaching 5-8


Full-Time Clinical Practice


EDUC 5140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment+  (Note: Clinical Experience and ALL pre-clinical experience and clinical experience-related coursework must be completed prior to clinical Practice.)  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 or above in courses
*These courses must be taken concurrently 
+These courses require prior application through the Office of Field Experiences and should be taken in sequence. Applications must be submitted one year in advance. Apply every Fall (October 15) for placement the next Fall and every Spring (March 15) for placement the next Spring. For additional information please contact the Office of Field Experiences 973-720-3132 or 2109.
**The Praxis Subject Assessment 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 Subject Assessment is required before you can participate in your clinical practice.  Official scores must be received by August 1 clinical practice during the fall and January 1 clinical practice during the spring.  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.