English Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. Prerequisites for admission to a teacher preparation program in English and current requirements may be obtained in the English Department or at montclair.edu/chss/english/.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements15
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements36
Teacher Education Program Requirements60
Free Electives6-3
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Course
ENGL 300Critical Approaches to English3
English Requirements by Advisement33
Student choice based on the following guidelines. Individual courses may meet more than one category. 1
Pre-1700, Pre-1800, Pre-1900, Post-1900, or Any Time Period
Genre Study
Drama, Poetry, Film, Fiction
Additional Categories
International Issues, Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Class Issues
Total Credits36

Teacher Education Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits60

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature - Fulfilled in the major
Introduction to Literature: The Analytic Essay
Introduction to Literature: The Short Story
Introduction to Literature: Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
3. Communication
Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Introduction to the Film (Fulfilled in the major.)
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences - Fulfilled in the major
World Literature: The Coming of Age Theme
World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Philosophical Orientation to Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Mathematics in Elementary Schools I (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course that also fulfills the Teacher Education Health/Hygiene requirement.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Historical Foundations of American Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits15

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3-6
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.
World Cultures
Fulfilled in the major.
Black Women Writers: US
Black Writers in the United States: A Survey
Contemporary U.S. Literature of Immigration
Women Poets
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
Second Year
EDFD 220 Philosophical Orientation to Education 3
MTHM 201 Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 3
Third Year
ECEL 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education 3
FSHD 314 Child Development II: Adolescence 3
MTHM 302 Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 3
READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction 3
ECEL 408 Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms 3
ECSE 339 Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 3
Fourth Year
ECEL 410 Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 2
ECEL 412 Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 1
ECEL 427 Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms 3
READ 408 Literacy in the Elementary Grades 3
ECEL 414 Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 9
ECEL 421 Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 3
 Total Credits55