Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

This program is offered for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain teaching certification. The regular program is open to students with undergraduate backgrounds in the liberal arts and sciences. Applicants are advised that additional undergraduate course work may be required to meet New Jersey certification standards. See “Certification Procedures” in the Academic Policies section for information on procedures to earn New Jersey certification.

Admission RequirementsProgram Requirements (27 credits)
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or a master’s degree in a relevant content area with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts
  • Praxis exam
  • Two professional references
  • Writing sample: submit the statement of objectives described on the application form
  • Personal interview

NOTE: It is highly recommended that the Praxis exam is passed prior to admission. A passing score on the Praxis exam is required by the State of New Jersey for certification. Students must pass this exam in their first semester (two courses) of the program. Students will not be allowed to take additional courses until Praxis scores have been submitted to the Office of Field Placement.

GRADUATE COURSES (15 credits)
ED 500 Curriculum Theory and Development (3)
ED 505 Student Development and Learning (3)
ED 510 Reading and Communication (field component) (3)
ED 515 Classrooms and Community: A Social Unit (3)
ED 520 Professional Skills (field component) (3)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES (12 credits)
ED 470 Student Teaching (9)
ED 475 Student Teaching Seminar (3)

The student teaching experience is the culmination of the program. Student teaching must be completed in the semester following the completion of all coursework. No additional courses may be taken during student teaching.

Note: Nine undergraduate credits of behavioral science are required prior to student teaching, as follows:

K-6 (Elementary)

  • 1 Sociology course with approved multicultural content
  • Prenatal/Infant Psychology 
  • Child Psychology

5-8 (Middle School)

  • 1 Sociology course with approved multicultural content 
  • Prenatal/Infant Psychology 
  • Child Psychology 
  • Adolescent Psychology

K-12 (Secondary)

  • 1 Sociology course with approved multicultural content 
  • Child Psychology 
  • Adolescent Psychology

Early Childhood Program — Students who wish to obtain the P-3 endorsement must also complete ED 332 Methods of Early Childhood Education and ED 333 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education.

Upon completion of the post-baccalaureate program, students entering the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program may transfer 15 credits into the elective section of the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program. Nine (9) credits may transfer into the M.A. in Literacy Instruction program. The MAT or GRE will be waived for students entering either master’s program. No other transfer credits will be accepted.

Additionally, students who successfully complete the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program may wish to enter the Special Education Certification program.

Transfer of Graduate Credit
The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program accepts up to three credits of transfer credit on approval.


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