The Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification in Elementary Education is a 24 credit program designed to provide graduate students with initial certification to teach Kindergarten through sixth grade. Students who apply to this program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, including a minimum of 60 liberal arts credits. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of substantial and meaningful experience with groups of children and be permitted admission into the Teacher Education Program. It is expected that students in the program will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language. Applicants must also submit passing scores on the PRAXIS II test for Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (test code 5031 for tests completed between 9/1/2012 and 8/31, 2014. As of September 1, 2014, the test code will be 5001).
Montclair State University’s Teacher Education Program is one of the most highly-regarded teacher preparation programs in the country. It has been consistently recognized both nationally and regionally for its unique features, including its structure, partnerships, and curricular emphases. The program is considered a model for other colleges and universities and has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) continuously since 1954.
The Teacher Education Program’s professional course sequence and field experiences emphasize teaching for critical thinking and culturally responsive teaching. The professional component for both graduate students addresses four broad areas: 1) student development and learning, 2) the classroom and the school, 3) the curriculum, and 4) effective teaching skills.
Graduate Initial Teaching Certification Brochure
At Montclair State University, a student with a baccalaureate degree may pursue an initial New Jersey teaching certification, and a fully-certified teacher may obtain additional teaching field endorsements or advanced certification.
All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.
Additional Student Responsibilities:
- Elementary certification requires passing PRAXIS II Elementary Multiple subjects (test code 5031 for tests completed between 9/1/2012 and 8/31, 2014. As of September 1, 2014, the test code will be 5001). Information on the PRAXIS test is available in the Center of Pedagogy office in University Hall.
- Students are responsible for seeking advisement from their academic advisor for registration and completion of degree requirements.
- Students are responsible for completing the Physiology and Hygiene requirement and Speech requirement for state certification.
- Any student who has not completed the equivalent of one semester of child development as an undergraduate must take the course at the graduate level.
- It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with all policies designated in the Graduate Catalog and the current Center of Pedagogy Teacher Education Handbook.
- Students are required to apply to the Center of Pedagogy for Clinical I placement the semester before placement begins. The deadline to apply is March 1 for September placement and October 1 for January placement.
- In order to complete the program, students must file the proper audit forms in the Registrar’s Office: October 1 for May completion, March 1 for August completion, and June 1 for January completion.
- Applications for Certification are required to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office during the following period: October 15 to November 15 for January graduation, March 15 to April 15 for May graduation, and July 1 to August 1 for August graduation.
- Any variation from this work program must be approved by The Graduate School through the proper filing of a substitution form.