The Elementary and Secondary Education Department offers a variety of programs to prepare students for careers as educators in public and private schools in New Jersey and other states. A crucial decision to make once you have chosen teaching as a career is the level and/or subject area that best fits your skills and interests. While you may have preconceived ideas about the level and subject you would like to teach, we encourage you to keep an open mind and explore various school settings throughout your preliminary coursework.
You can prepare to teach in elementary school (grades K-5) by following the Elementary Education major. Students in this major prepare to teach all core subjects. If you are an Elementary Education major and want to teach in grades 6, 7 and 8, you need to add a middle school extension in a content area to your license. This will require additional coursework and another Praxis exam. If you want to teach in a specific content area (i.e. mathematics, English, Spanish, social studies, etc.), follow the Secondary Certification program. This will certify you in the content area for grades K-12; however, most job opportunities will be from grades 7 through 12. Often the K-12 content certification is referred to as “secondary certification.”
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