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Elementary School Certification with Subject Matter Specialization: Science in Grades 5-8

This program, a post-baccalaureate certification endorsement in Middle School
Science, is designed to give returning students who currently hold any valid
teaching license, an additional certification area to prepare them for the changing state of the
profession and/or to make them satisfy the requirements as a Highly Qualified Teacher. To
explain, any K-5 or 6-8 educator who does not have a content area specialization (that is, a
major or minor in math, English, science or social studies) and has not passed the appropriate
Praxis examination (#10049 or #10041) is not considered Highly Qualified and is no longer
employable in public school districts.

This certificate program addresses the needs of educators who:

  • Are no longer considered Highly Qualified.
  • Wish to seek additional certifications.
  • Desire to fill gaps in their teacher professional development.

Please refer to our teacher education and certification page for information on other options in teacher education as well as our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

This program is only open to prospective students who currently hold any valid teaching license. The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the international applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Elementary School Certification with Subject Matter Specialization: Science in Grades 5-8 program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Statement of Purpose – Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Teacher Certification: Valid teaching license.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language)IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo English Test are required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.

For curriculum information, please visit the program listing in the course catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Elementary School Certification with Subject Matter Specialization: Science in Grades 5-8 Program Coordinator:
Program Coordinator: Dr. Matthew Gorring
Office: Center for Environmental and Life Sciences 318
Phone: 973-655-5409