Students seeking teaching programs in New Jersey have a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs available to them. These include bachelor's and master's degree programs in elementary, early childhood, secondary and special education, as well as double major programs that prepare graduates to teach multiple grade levels or serve students with special needs. While bachelor's programs usually lead to licensure, some master's programs feature a non-licensure option for current teachers. Teaching programs may require a concentration or double major in a subject area along with clinical internships and possibly a thesis.
Rowan University, located in Glassboro, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in early childhood education, elementary education and special education, as well as in subject matter areas such as math, science, music, English, social studies and art. Programs are available for both aspiring teachers and already licensed teachers.
Students enrolled in the education bachelor's program with an early childhood education focus earn a bachelor's degree in both education and the subject area of their choice from the liberal arts or communications colleges. Its coursework discusses developmental norms based on current research, and graduates are prepared to teach in preschool through third grade classrooms. The bachelor's program with an elementary education focus teaches math, science, reading and technology pedagogies, and students are required to double major. The subject matter education bachelor's program focuses on educational technology and pedagogical techniques for teaching literacy to diverse populations in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
The master's program in learning disabilities is split into two tracks, one for teachers who want to earn the Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant certificate and the other for teachers who would like to work in early childhood education. The special education master's program involves a thesis and comes with tracks for those who are and aren't seeking initial licensure. The elementary education master's program lasts 13 months, leads to an initial teaching certificate and includes clinical internships and a thesis. Also requiring a thesis and clinical internships, the subject matter education master's program requires a bachelor's or master's degree in the desired subject area for admission.
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University in South Orange offers degrees in special education, early childhood education and elementary education. All education majors must major in a subject area along with their education coursework.
The BSE in Integrated Elementary and Special Education program prepares students to become certified in the areas of elementary and special education, with early childhood certification also available for students who complete a field placement in an early childhood setting. Degree requirements include a combination of liberal arts and inclusive education topics. The secondary education major emphasizes field experience along with curriculum planning and subject area knowledge from the student's double major.
Students interested in teaching elementary and special education, as well as working in speech-language pathology, can enroll in a combined BSE in Elementary and Special Education/MS in Speech-Language Pathology program. Classes in child language disorders, aural rehabilitation and phonetics are included.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Rowan University||4-year, public; large suburb|| BA in Education: Early Childhood Education
BA in Education: Elementary Education
BA in Education: Subject Matter Education
MA in Learning Disabilities
MA in Special Education
MS in Teaching: Elementary Education
MS in Teaching: Subject Matter Education
|$12,864 (in-state), $20,978 (out-of-state)*|
|Seton Hall University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||BSE in Secondary Education
BSE in Integrated Elementary and Special Education
BSE Elementary and Special Education/MS in Speech-Language Pathology
Source: *NCES College Navigator