The Department of Multicultural Education offers two undergraduate concentration programs:
Bilingual education involves teaching academic content in two languages, in a native and secondary language. Teaching English as a second language or TESL refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English.
The coursework for either of these programs must be completed in addition to degree requirements for certification in Elementary or Secondary Education. Please visit the Elementary and Secondary Education Department website for information regarding these requirements.
It is a New Jersey State requirement that all candidates seeking Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) certification be tested in oral and written English language proficiency. Candidates seeking bilingual endorsement must be tested in oral and written English language proficiency, and in oral/written second language proficiency. The Department requires you to take the oral and written tests within the first 12 credits of your coursework. Tests are given by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
ACTFL Language Proficiency Assessment Tests for ESL and Bilingual Certification are arranged by the Department of Multicultural Education. Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Tests, in English and in the student’s native language, are conducted weekly and application forms can be obtained from the University Advisement Center. Please call 201-200-3305 for further information