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Academic Requirements

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  • Academic requirements for College of Education undergraduate programs: 

    1. Effective Fall 2016, ALL students applying for teacher certification must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to become certified. This state requirement cannot be waived.

    2. Students must have completed each All University Requirement (AUR) course with a grade of “C” or better. 

    3. Students must pass the writing assessment (TOW&R exam) before taking Practicum. For additional information and to sign up for the TOW&R exam, please visit the Writing Assessment website. Students should take the writing assessment as early as possible.
       
    4. All undergraduate education majors are also required to complete general studies requirements and a liberal arts major in an approved subject area.  Please view the specific program pages for details.

    Notice for All Entering Education Majors and for Students Taking Their Practicum in Fall 2015 or Later:       

    The State of New Jersey is requiring teacher candidates to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in math (test #5732), reading (test #5712), and writing (test # 5722).  Passing scores on the tests are 150, 156, and 162, respectively.  You can register for the tests at https://www.ets.org/praxis.  Additional information, such as test dates and locations, can be found online at http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/.

    This new requirement must be taken and passed prior to admission into any teacher education coursework. Please meet with your advisor as soon as you have decided that you will be majoring in education.

    Please keep in mind that there are other test requirements necessary for certification.  Your advisor should be able to guide you appropriately.

    Students that complete Practicum prior to September 2015 are not required to take the Praxis Core.  If you are unsure about which tests you need to take, please see your advisor as soon as possible or contact the Office of the Dean: 201-200-2101.