Teacher Education: PreK-12

Jumpstart your teaching career

In our Department of Teacher Education, we prepare initial teacher candidates at the undergraduate and graduate level with the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to successfully teach in New Jersey schools, while our MEd program provides certified teachers with the opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge and skills. Here are some key statistics for teaching careers in New Jersey from Salary.com and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries for Teachers in New Jersey (Salary.com)

Noteworthy Education Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries in New Jersey (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Preschool/Daycare Administrator $86,470 Guidance/Career Counselor $75,030 Secondary School Teacher $78,900 Elementary School Teacher $73,330 Special Education Teacher $78,090Instruction/Library Professional $61,610
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in education employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

Our cutting-edge curriculum emphasizes diversity, equity and inclusion. Teacher candidates engage in interactive and technology-rich learning experiences that model how they will help their students construct new knowledge. Our partnerships with P-12 school districts provide high-quality clinical field experiences so that teacher candidates can put into practice what they are learning in the college classroom.

What You'll Learn

Teacher preparation programs in the College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and student outcomes are aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and New Jersey professional standards for teachers. This ensures that our candidates gain in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for teachers, including the ability to:

  • Understand student development and strategies to address learning needs.
  • Develop learning objectives that align to learning standards.
  • Communicate knowledge of content through effective instructional strategies.
  • Design assessments to support learning, among others.

Key Skills for

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Communication/Public Speaking


Critical Thinking

Curriculum Development

Interpersonal Skills

Lesson Planning

Teaching Methodologies

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021