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.
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:
- student development and learning,
- the classroom and the school,
- the curriculum, and
- effective teaching skills.
|Additional Requirements for State Certification|
|FCST 512||Child Development I: Theories of Child Development (or graduate level equivalent with written approval)||3|
|CMST 101||Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement||3|
|Physiology and Hygiene|
|Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or have Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor.|
|ECEL 501||Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Diverse Society||3|
|ECEL 518||Families, Communities, and Schools: Diversity, Culture and Democracy||3|
|READ 500||Literacy Foundations||3|
|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|
|ECEL 522||Curriculum Development and Assessment in Diverse Elementary Classrooms||3|
|ECEL 510||Clinical Experience I in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings||2|
|ECEL 502||Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms||1|
|ECEL 504||Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms||1|
|ECEL 511||Clinical Experience II in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings 1||5|
|or ECEL 514||In-Service Supervised Graduate Student Teaching|
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.