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    About the College

Introduction

The College of Education is dedicated to preparing teachers of pre-kindergarten through high school to be reflective decision-makers and inquiring educators. The College, which has continuously been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, serves as a major resource for educational practitioners in New Jersey. It prepares students for entry into teaching and related professions in the field of education to meet the increasing demand for highly qualified teachers in the state. Central to our commitment is the ability to prepare students to participate effectively in a diverse and increasingly technological society.

The College continues to promote excellence in the advancement of teaching and learning by maintaining high standards, and encouraging constant reflection, scholarly work, and ongoing assessment. Candidates for teacher certification are expected to demonstrate professional dispositions on campus and in school placements as described in the dispositions assessment process found online and distributed to students upon acceptance into the College of Education.  

The College of Education is located in William Paterson's state-of-the-art building at 1600 Valley Road, giving you access to specialized facilities for teaching and learning. It includes a model classroom designed for study and demonstration of optimum teaching methods, as well as an assistive technology classroom equipped with the latest tools designed to provide curriculum access to persons with disabilities.


Candace Burns, Ph.D., Dean
973.720.2137 • burnsc@wpunj.edu

Dorothy Feola, Ph.D., Associate Dean
973.720.2577 • feolad@wpunj.edu

Undergraduate students seeking certification major in one of the following areas:

Early childhood (P-3 or P-3 and K-5)

Elementary education (K-5 or K-5 with 5-8 subject field specialization, K-5 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement or K-5 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) and 5-8 subject field specialization endorsements)

Secondary education (K-12 subject field or Secondary education K-12 subject field with Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement.)

*A bilingual endorsement can also be added to any of the above areas.

Students are also required to major in a content area and maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA). Education majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the education major with a minimum grade of C in all education courses.

*Candidates in the K12 Teacher of English or K12 Teacher of World Languages cannot add the Bilingual Endorsement to their program of study based on the current NJDOE licensure code.

Honors Societies

Pi Lambda Theta, the Honor Society in Education

Pi Lambda Theta is both an honor society and a professional association in education. As an honor society, its purpose is to recognize individuals of superior scholastic achievement and high potential for professional leadership. As a professional association, the purpose is to stimulate independent-thinking educators who can ask critical questions. The organization supports university functions as well as university scholars on campus. Admission to Pi Lambda Theta requires an overall GPA of 3.0. For more information, please contact Dr. Alyce Bolander, 973.891.8268.

Kappa Delta Pi, Zeta Alpha Chapter, the International Honor Society in Education

Kappa Delta Pi, Zeta Alpha chapter, an international honor society in education, fosters the ideals of fidelity to humanity, science, service, and toil, which serve as guidelines for its members in the field of education. Kappa Delta Pi provides students with opportunities to volunteer in the community and on campus and to learn more about education through its professional publications. Membership requirements include having a commitment to the field of education and a minimum GPA of 3.45 for sophomores, 3.35 for juniors, and 3.30 for seniors. Graduate students must have a grade point average of 3.50. Initiation requirements are published in The Beacon. For more information, please contact Dr. Alison Dobrick, Department of Elementary and Early Education, at 973.720.3674.

Office of Field Experiences

Nancy Norris-Bauer, Director

The Office of Field Experiences (Valley Road 3108) coordinates observations, tutoring, practica, and student teaching placements in the schools. Applications for practicum must be submitted to the Office of Field Experiences by the posted deadline, which is a year in advance of the actual experience. Applications for practicum and student teaching must be submitted to the Office of Field Experiences by March 15 for spring placement the following spring semester, and October 15 for fall placement the following fall semester. Students must have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the time of application. Applications must be signed by an Education advisor before they will be accepted by the Office of Field Experiences.

Students should visit the Office of Field Experiences website to view all policies, expectations and deadlines for which they are responsible including those described below. Policies for Field Experiences

  1. All students will have at least one urban and one suburban/rural school experience during practicum and/or student teaching. Students will have a variety of grade level placements during practicum and/or student teaching.
  2. Students may not be assigned to a cooperating school or district that a) they have attended; b) they and/or a relative have been employed or attends; or c) to one in which they reside.
  3. All placements must originate from the Office of Field Experiences. Students cannot contact a district to initiate a placement.
  4. Placements are made in the student's major field in a public (or approved private) school district.
  5. Placements are typically made in the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and additional counties in southern New Jersey when appropriate.
  6. Students may take only one course in addition to student teaching during their student teaching semester.

Prerequisites for Practicum

In order to be eligible for practicum (CIEC 2000, CIEC 3000, CIEE 3010, CISE 3520, MUS 2880, MUS 3880, SPED 3550, PETC 3970 or 3980), a student must have the following prerequisites:

  1. Admission to the appropriate education major. For information regarding admission and to check on admission status, students should contact the Director of Educational Enrollment and Certification, Liana Fornarotto, at 973.720.2206.
  2. Approval of the individual applicant by their education advisor based on the following criteria.
    a. An overall cumulative GPA of 2.75;
    b. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the academic major and a 3.0 GPA in the education major;
    c. Satisfactory completion of admission assessments (i.e. Writing, Speech and Hearing)and required courses;
    d. A minimum of 60 credits completed at the time of application for practicum;
    e. Consideration of additional departmental criteria in the form of auditions, physical performance requirements, submission of portfolio, specific skills tests, comprehensive tests, etc.
  3. Documentation of negative results on a current Mantoux Test.
  4. Submission of the practicum application, including four copies of the biographical data form, to the Office of Field Experiences no later than March 15 for the following spring semester or October 15 for the following fall semester.
  5. A substitute teaching license.

Prerequisites for Student Teaching

In order to be eligible for student teaching (EDUC 4140, 4150, or 4190), a student must have the following prerequisites:

  1. Admission to the appropriate education major. For information regarding admission and to check on admission status, students should contact the Director of Educational Enrollment and Certification, Liana Fornarotto, at 973.720.2206.
  2. Approval of the individual applicant by their education advisor based on the following criteria.
    a. An overall cumulative GPA of 2.75;
    b. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the academic major and a 3.0 GPA in the education major;
    c. Satisfactory completion of admission assessments, required courses, and all preliminary field experiences;
    d. A minimum of 96 credits completed at the time of application for student teaching;
    e. Consideration of additional departmental criteria in the form of auditions, physical performance requirements, submission of portfolio, specific skills tests, comprehensive tests, etc.
  3. Documentation of negative results on a current Mantoux Test.
  4. Submission of the Student Teaching Application, including four copies of the biographical data form, to the Office of Field Experiences no later than March 15 for the following spring semester or October 15 for the following fall semester. Students must pay a student teaching fee, currently $225, in addition to tuition and fees prior to the student teaching semester.
  5. A substitute license.
  6. Pass all appropriate PRAXIS exams for the enrolled certification program. Required PRAXIS exam scores must be submitted to the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification by August 1 for fall semester student teaching and by January 1 for spring semester student teaching. Students will not be allowed to student teach without submitting the required PRAXIS scores by the dates listed.

Practicum Courses*

CIEC 2000 Early Childhood (P-3) Practicum I

CIEC 3000 Early Childhood (P-3) Practicum II

CIEE 3010 Elementary (K-5) Practicum

CISE 3520 Secondary Subject Field (K-12) Practicum

MUS 2880 Field Experience I: Music Education (Elementary)

MUS 3880 Field Experience II: Music Education (Secondary)

PETC 3970 PE Practicum I: Elementary School Education

PETC 3980PE Practicum II: Secondary School Education

SPC 3550 Special Education Practicum A

*See various departments for description of the above courses.

Student Teaching Courses*

EDUC 4140 Elementary and Special Education Student Teaching and Seminar

EDUC 4150 PE and Music Student Teaching and Seminars

EDUC 4190 Secondary Student Teaching

*See various departments for description of the above courses.

Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification

Liana Fornarotto, Director

How to File for a Teaching Certificate

A student completing the final semester of a program to meet the requirements for an initial teaching certificate must obtain, complete, and submit a form entitled Application for Certification, which is available on the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification web page. The submission of this form prompts a record review, and, once program completion is verified, a certification recommendation is forwarded to the New Jersey State Department of Education.

Please note: The Beginning Teacher Induction Program, enacted into law on October 23, 1992, provides that a student who successfully completes a program and is recommended by the College for certification receives a "certificate of eligibility with advanced standing" (CEAS). A "provisional certificate" (CE) is issued to a student who is enrolled in an alternate route licensing program and who receives and accepts a documented offer of employment. A "standard certificate" is issued to an individual who serves for one year under the provisional certificate and is recommended as "approved."

Praxis Resource Center

The Praxis Resource Center, located at Valley Road, Room V3096, is available free of charge for students preparing to take the Praxis exams. The Center is open during the fall and spring semesters from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. During the summer, the Center is open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Study guide materials are available for all Praxis II exams required for licensure in New Jersey. Please be sure to have a student or picture identification available in order to utilize the resource center.

 
 

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