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Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

Teacher Education Overview

At Montclair State University, students who seek to obtain a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification must declare a major and select one of three certification areas:

  • Early Childhood (Preschool – Grade 3)
  • Elementary (Kindergarten – Grade 6)
  • Secondary Education (Preschool – Grade 12).

Students interested in obtaining both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree may apply for the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program with Dual Certification. Graduates of the Combined Bachelor’s/Masters’ Program are certified to teach one of the initial certification areas (P-3, K-6 or a P-12) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

Requirements for the Teacher Education Program may vary by certification or degree program; however, for full consideration, all applicants must show evidence of the following:

  • Admission to Montclair State University –  Undergraduate Admissions
  • Completion of 60 semester hours of earned college credit
  • Passing standardized test score (SAT, ACT or Praxis Core)
  • Meeting overall GPA of 3.0 for applicants to a single certification program or 3.25 for applicants to the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program with Dual Certification
  • Meeting the minimum GPA in the respective major.
  • Demonstrating evidence of satisfactory written and oral skills

An applicant with an overall major GPA of 2.75 or better may apply for admission and must complete the Supplemental Essay as part of the application process.

Questions about Teacher Education?

For questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Teacher Education Admissions, Recruitment and Diversity by email at, by phone at 973-655-7976, or by visiting us in Teacher Education Student Services, University Hall, Suite 1180. Our hours of operation are 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday. We look forward to meeting you!