Thank you for your interest in the Caldwell University School of Education! You probably visited this site because you have considered teaching as a career.
It is entirely possible that you know that YOU WANT TO TEACH, but you’re not certain what, or where. That is exactly what college is about. Education students actually graduate with two majors, a content major (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, or World Language), AND an Education major. The content courses ensure that you know what to teach, while the education courses ensure that you know how to teach. No need to worry, as the program is organized so that you can complete BOTH parts in four years, within 120 credits. Caldwell University’s School of Education offers elementary and secondary teacher certifications, and we suggest that ALL education majors also earn Teacher of the student with Disabilities (TOSD) Certification upon graduation. Both certifications will make you that much more marketable to school districts.
Do you want to teach at the elementary or secondary levels? Elementary teachers often teach all subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies), while secondary teachers focus on ONE content area. You don’t have to make that decision now. You can simply indicate “pre-education” until you’ve decided. For more information, here is the link to the School of Education website. If you have questions, please email me at kbarnes.caldwell.edu. School of Education professors are here to assist as you begin your path toward becoming a teacher. Please contact us if you have any questions!
Kevin Barnes, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of The School of Education
The Caldwell University School of Education continues all activities during the current COVID19 circumstances. Please refer to the “Course Search” page to see the summer and fall 2020 course offerings. If you need help, please contact your program coordinator, if known, or Kevin Barnes, Ed.D., School of Education Associate Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also leave a message on his CU office phone at 973 618-3642, and he will return your call.
The School of Education is proud of all our teacher candidates in the Undergraduate program and the Post-baccalaureate program. A recent survey of alumni note that 97% of the Undergraduate felt prepared to be effective in their teaching role and 100% of the Graduate students felt prepared to perform their new school roles. The employers of our graduates also noted that their hired staff members from Caldwell were prepared!
A little more than half of the alumni were in one of the bachelor’s in education programs and a little less than half were in of the Post-baccalaureate program. Specifically, 29% (10 out of 34) were in the bachelor’s in Elementary Education program and 27% (9 out of 34) were in the bachelor’s in Secondary Education. Furthermore, 32% (11 out of 34) were in the Post-baccalaureate Elementary Education program and 12% (4 out of 34) were in the Post-baccalaureate Secondary Education program.
There was a range of 94% – 100% for each survey questions that the alumni agreed and or strongly agreed that they felt they were prepared to be effective teachers.Some of the personal comments include:The Education program has prepared me to be an effective teacher in my school.• The Education program has prepared me to develop and maintain effective classroom instruction.• I learned to teach with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner in the Education program.• I know how my school’s curriculum & program of instruction support student learning.• The Education program has prepared me to consider the larger socio-cultural context in which my classroom functions.
A recent report from the New Jersey Department of Education notes that 91% of Caldwell’s recent graduates demonstrate Effective or Highly Effective Summative Scores on their Teacher Evaluations. These scores are derived using multiple measures of the achievement of their students and their teacher practice. Administrators of our recent alums evaluated their Teacher Practice scores as 93.4% Effective or Highly Effective. To read the details of the report, CLICK HERE.
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