Elementary School Teacher, Instructional Certification: Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 - Graduate

The Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification in Elementary Education (K-6) is a program designed to provide graduate students with initial certification to teach Kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6). 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 1 exam. 

Exam Information

Qualifying Waiver Information

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 continuously been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 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 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. 

Program Requirements

Additional Requirements for State Certification
Child Development
FCST 512Child Development I: Theories of Child Development (or graduate level equivalent with written approval)3
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or have Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor.
Required Courses
Core Courses
ECEL 501Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Diverse Society3
ECEL 518Families, Communities, and Schools: Diversity, Culture and Democracy3
READ 500Literacy Foundations3
Content/Methods Courses
Select one of the following:3
Social Studies and the Arts: Understanding Democracy in Elementary Classrooms
Integrating Science and Technology in Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms
Mathematics Education in the Elementary School
Professional Sequence
ECEL 522Curriculum Development and Assessment in Diverse Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 510Clinical Experience I in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings2
ECEL 502Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 504Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 511Clinical Experience II in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings 15
or ECEL 514 In-Service Supervised Graduate Student Teaching
Total Credits30

ECEL 514 is for students in full-time teaching positions.

Additional Requirements for State Certification

The following additional requirements must be met prior to student teaching. Upon admission to the program, the student's submitted transcripts are evaluated to determine if any of these requirements have been fulfilled by previous coursework. In such cases, the requirement(s) appears on the degree audit as being waived.

  • CMST 101 or Speech Challenge Exam or Documented & approved experience
  • Physiology & Hygiene - free test at county office of education or BIOL/HLTH course
  • Educational Psychology - EDFD 582  or PSYC 560
  • Psychology or equivalent undergraduate course work

Note: Certification requirements are subject to change.