Elementary Education (K-6 Certification)
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 School of Education offers a B.A. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Secondary Education.
Students seeking admission to the School of Education must declare a first major in art, biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, music, psychology, social studies, or Spanish and a second major in elementary or secondary education.
Please refer to www.caldwell.edu/academics/academic-departments/department-of-education for current NJ Dept. of Education regulations.
A Catholic Liberal Arts Education
At the core of a Caldwell education is our liberal arts curriculum, designed to guide students to critical thinking skills, appreciate diverse cultures, and acquire a moral and civic awareness.
Students develop the whole self as they absorb learning through our liberal arts core: the humanities; the physical and biological sciences, and mathematics; and the social sciences.