Elementary and Secondary Programs

Dr. Jennifer Ayala, Director

MAJOR AND MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for Elementary Education Major (Grades K -  6)                                  

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

All Elementary Education students who wish to receive a State of New Jersey Teaching Certificate (K-6)  are also required to complete an academic major chosen from those offered by the college in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, science, or technology disciplines. The chosen major must be the full academic major offered by an academic department or it may be a multi- or inter-disciplinary major such as American Studies or a composite major. Students must complete a Double Major form which is available in the Registrar’s office. Elementary Education students must complete the following courses. Students who wish to take a course out of sequence should check with their departmental advisor.

Sophomore Year (7 credits)
ED-160Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society3
ED-170Child and Adolescent Psychology3
ED-490Sophomore Field Experience1
Junior Year (16 credits)
EE-202Elementary Curriculum3
EE-204Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School Using Technology3
EE-206Teaching Reading in the Elementary School3
EE-212Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School3
EE-214Teaching Science in the Elementary School Using Technology3
ED-491Junior Field Experience1
Senior Year (14 credits)
ED-301Tests and Measurements3
ED-493Practicum in Reading3
EE-495Student Teaching: Elementary8
Total Credits37

Requirements for Elementary Education Major (Grades Kindergarten to 6)

with Middle School Certification (Grades 6 to 8)

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

All Elementary Education students who wish to receive a middle school teaching certificate are required to follow the educational sequence outlined above for Elementary Education majors, complete an academic major chosen from those offered by the University in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, science, or technology disciplines and complete a sequence of courses approved for middle school certification in mathematics, science, English, and social science.

Special Notes on Core Curriculum Requirements for Elementary Education Majors

1

The recommended Mathematics Core Requirement is MA-108/MA-109 Math for Educators, I and II or MA-105/MA-106 or MA-102/MA-103.

2

CS-150 Introduction to Computers and Information Processing is recommended as part of the Core Natural Science Requirement.

Requirements for a Minor in Secondary Education

Since for Secondary Education students the academic major is also specific preparation for the subject teaching certificate, the student must choose an academic major that is taught at the high school level. In addition to an advisor from the department of the academic major, all Secondary Education minors must confer with an advisor in the School of Education and declare Secondary Education as a minor. Secondary Education minors must complete the following 25 credits:

ED-160Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society3
ED-203Educational Psychology (or with permission ED-170)3
ED-490Sophomore Field Experience1
ED-491Junior Field Experience1
SE-370Improvement of Reading in the The Secondary Schools Using Technology3
SE-400Principles and Techniques of Teaching in the Secondary School3
SE-408Principles of High School Curriculum3
SE-495Student Teaching: Secondary8
Total Credits25

Courses

ED-001. Reading Lab. 0 Credits.

ED-010. Dynamics of College Reading. 3 Credits.

A program of selected readings, vocabulary enrichment, and guided study which enables students to develop effective study and critical reading skills by introducing them to selected readings in diverse fields including their major.

ED-101. Dynamics of College Learning I. 3 Credits.

Using multiple interdisciplinary methods, students will become familiar with the University and develop skills they need to be successful in college. Transition course topics include: test-taking strategies, math, reading, writing, technology, and study skills.

ED-102. Dynamics of College Learning II. 1 Credit.

A multidisciplinary course for freshmen to assist in their development as responsible college students and to further their potential for academic success.

ED-103. Career Development. 1 Credit.

This course will provide you with the basics needed in your academic and career planning process. Through guided self-assessment, exploration, and career preparedness activity, students refine and identify potential career interests and understanding of how their major relates to various careers and professions. Students will gain exposure to identifying internships, resume writing, interviewing, networking and developing a personal brand. This course will put students on the road to career success.

ED-160. Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society. 3 Credits.

The historical contributions of private and public schools to the American educational system. Emphasis on issues and problems in both past and present involving human and intercultural relations as they affect the education of American children in the 21st Century.

ED-170. Child and Adolescent Psychology. 3 Credits.

A study of the growth and development from birth to adolescence within the context of the school.

ED-203. Educational Psychology. 3 Credits.

A study of the psychological backgrounds. Topics include: adolescent growth and development, individual differences, the learning process, motivation, the process of effective study, transfer of training, and measurement of intelligence.

ED-250. Educational Pedagogy of World Languages. 3 Credits.

Methods of foreign-language pedagogy, lesson planning, syllabi, classroom activities, and methods of evaluation. Taught in English; recommended for education majors and/or minors.

ED-295. Co-Op. 3 Credits.

ED-301. Tests and Measurements. 3 Credits.

A functional introduction to the field of student appraisal. Significance and scope includeds statistical treatment and interpretation of standardized tests. Construction and refinement of objective and essay tests in terms of recognized test criteria. PARCC assessments and New Jersey state assessments will be discussed.

ED-390. Innovative Projects in Education I. 3 Credits.

Special projects of merit under the direction of a mentor. Open to juniors and seniors only.

ED-391. Innovative Projects in Education II. 3 Credits.

Special projects of merit under the direction of a mentor. Open to juniors and seniors only.

ED-395. Special Topics in Education. 1 Credit.

Exploration of a selected topic in the field of education.

ED-397. Professional Assessment Strategies. 3 Credits.

Course would incorporate subject specific content and strategies for taking standardized assessments.

ED-399. Tutorial. 3 Credits.

ED-428. Literature, Culture and Society Issues of West Africa. 3 Credits.

A study of seminal texts representing the Malinke, Igbo, Ghanaian, Wolof, Bambara, and Senegalese peoples of West Africa.

ED-429. Southern African Literature. 3 Credits.

Students will study the literature and cultures of Southern Africa.

ED-490. Sophomore Field Experience. 1 Credit.

Observation and participation in an elementary or secondary school for a minimum of 30 hours. Seminar to provide concurrent and terminal reinforcement and evaluation of field experience. Required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ED-491. Junior Field Experience. 1 Credit.

Observation and participation in elementary or secondary school for minimum of 40 hours with focus on methods and techniques in the student's area of endorsement. A seminar will provide additional direction and reinforcement. Prerequisites: ED-490.

ED-493. Practicum in Reading. 3 Credits.

A field experience designed to provide the opportunity for students to work with reading teachers in a classroom setting.

ED-498. Education of the Disadvantaged Child. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the impact of discrimination, social conditions, and deprivation on the educational process, particularly in cities.