Sr. Teresa A. Bruno, S.C., Ed.D.
Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Coordinator
Santa Maria Hall
First Floor, Room 10G
Phone: (973) 290-4341
Dr. John R. Crews
Educational Leadership Program Chairperson
Santa Maria Hall
First Floor, Room 10G
Phone: (973) 290-4382
The College of Saint Elizabeth has been recognized as a leader in teacher education since its founding over 100 years ago. In more recent years, the College has expanded its offerings to include graduate-level teacher certification and M.A. degrees in Education. Those who have earned their certifications and degrees at CSE continue to compete favorably for teaching positions.
CSE faculty recognize that programs in teacher education constantly must evolve to meet the demands of professional standards, state and national requirements for certification, expectations of regional and national accrediting bodies, and the changing criteria for highly-qualified teachers. To ensure the excellence of all CSE certifications and degrees in Education, the undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
Flowing from the institutional mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the specific mission of all undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education is to prepare competent, caring, responsible, professionally active educators who emerge as empowered leaders in their profession.
Students who earn CSE degrees and certifications in Education will:
Students completing CSE undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs can earn a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in the following areas: P-3, K-6, Teacher of Students with Disabilities, and K-12 Subject Area in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, French (graduate level only), Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish.
The New Jersey State Department of Education awards permanent certification to all provisional teachers who successfully complete the state-required induction year in school districts.
CSE alumni teach in schools throughout New Jersey and the nation.
The Undergraduate Education major provides students with two State of New Jersey teacher certifications and the possibility of a third certification for Teacher of Students with Disabilities, which is optional.
The Undergraduate Education minor provides students with one certification for Secondary Education and the possibility of a second certification of Teacher of Students with Disabilities, which is optional.
All students have the option to test into additional teaching certifications.
A Non-Certification option is also available and provides students with the opportunity to complete a Bachelor's Degree with an Individualized Major: Education Studies (without teaching certification).
Areas of Emphasis
Requirements for Admission to the Major/Minor
Total: 24 credits
Total: 23 credits
Total: 11 or 14 credits
Total: 18 or 20 credits
Students fulfill the College of Saint Elizabeth capstone requirement by successfully completing Student Teaching, Student Teaching Seminar and Portfolio. These components plus the student's Education Philosophy are presented in both written and oral forms to the Education Faculty. Preparing for the capstone requirement is offered in ED 475 Student Teacher Seminar and Portfolio.
The College of Saint Elizabeth offers the Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and Certification Programs approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education in Early Childhood (P-3), Elementary Education (K-5), Secondary Education (K-12), and Special Education (Teacher of Students with Disabilities). The Master's can also be earned by combining initial certification and endorsement certification.
The graduate degree program in education offered by the College of Saint Elizabeth prepares education professionals to assume leadership roles in meeting the challenges of educational settings that represent current cultural, social, technological, economic, learning and health factors, and global concerns. In this program, the teacher is viewed as the central professional to bring the needed human/social services to children and families in an integrative manner. Professional educators are prepared to effectuate alliances between school and community settings to meet the comprehensive needs of children and their families.
Graduates are expected to emerge as empowered leaders who act with responsibility and accountability; this enhancement of their professional role should result in increased commitment and extraordinary practice.
The goals of the program are to:
The M.A. in Education program is a sequenced program (minimum of 38 credits) that allows students to choose from two areas:
This M.A. degree allows students who complete one of our initial Teacher Certification programs (ACT 1 or ACT 3) to matriculate into an M.A. program by selecting one of the other ACT choices.The three options for this M.A. with Initial Certification are outlined below:
The M.A. in Educational Leadership program, offered by the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), is a 39-credit cohort-based program offered over a two-year time frame. It is designed to offer students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for successful employment in school leadership positions. Students' educational studies will assist them to provide leadership, demonstrate ethical values, and offer dedicated service to all students and teachers in their care.
Upon successful completion of the program and a passing score on the SLLA Praxis, candidates will be eligible for a standard certificate as a supervisor and a certificate of eligibility as an assistant principal, director, and principal. Candidates for the principal's certification also must document at least three years of certificated teaching experience, as well as provide evidence that a fourth and fifth year will be completed during the course of studies.
The M.A. in Educational Leadership program offered by the College of Saint Elizabeth prepares education professionals to assume leadership roles in meeting the challenges in educational settings. The program is designed to prepare school leaders who have great vision, act in an ethical and moral manner, communicate effectively with all stakeholders in school settings and contribute effectively in promoting increased learning for all members of the educational community.
At its essence, this program will produce leaders who will offer dedicated service to all students, teachers and parents in their care. Graduates are expected to emerge as empowered leaders who act with responsibility and accountability; this enhancement of their professional role should result in increased commitment and extraordinary practice. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to continue in the program.
The goals of the M.A. in Educational Leadership degree are to:
The M.A. in Educational Leadership program consists of 39 credits of required coursework that is aligned to national standards for educational leaders (ISLLC). The work includes an administrative internship experience and an action research project. Courses are specifically sequenced to maximize effective learning. The program follows a cohort model where students stay together and complete the entire program in two years. This program is offered off-site.
The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the College of Saint Elizabeth is designed to prepare globally conscious and morally purposeful servant leaders for district leadership roles in Pre-K to 12th grade settings. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership combines theoretical knowledge and practical application in an authentic school setting using the student's professional experience in school leadership. It is a sequenced 66-credit program to be completed during a three-year time frame.
Upon completion of the doctoral program the students will be able to:
Students applying for admission must present the documentation listed below to a selection committee comprised of Department of Education faculty. This committee will assess the documentation based upon the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders (NJPSSL).
The final step in the admission process will be a successful interview with a faculty committee.
We are now accepting applications for Cohort 8, which starts in July 2014.
The College of Saint Elizabeth believes in a strong liberal arts background for teachers, and in a developmental approach to teacher preparation. Accordingly, the College offers an accelerated program of teacher preparation, A.C.T. 1, leading to certification as K-12 Secondary Teacher and K-5 Elementary Teacher for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree, but who have not yet pursued a program in teacher education.
Upon completion of A.C.T. 1, students may elect to continue with studies in Special Education or Early Childhood to obtain an M.A. in Education. The College offers a second program, A.C.T. 2, for certified teachers who wish to earn additional endorsement as Teacher of Students with Disabilities. A.C.T. 3, P-3 Early Childhood certification program, is offered as initial certification, as an additional endorsement for certified teachers, or as part of an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood.
An individual who is seeking K-12 certification must have earned a bachelor's degree in the major area for which they are applying: e.g. teacher of English must have a B.A. ; teacher of Biology must have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology. In addition, a passing score on the Praxis II Subject Assessment Tests and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 are required before admission. An individual who is seeking elementary teacher K-5 certification must have earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or pure sciences, or have successfully completed at least 60 liberal arts credits. In addition, the individual must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and have passed the Praxis Test in Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects before admission.
Individuals enrolling in the A.C.T. 1 will enroll in the following sequence of courses for 22 credits which is designed to comply with the curricular and student teaching requirements for a New Jersey instructional certificate, K-12 Secondary Teacher of major area, and Elementary Teacher K-5:
A student must be in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better in order to apply for certification in all classes.
Individuals seeking admission to A.C.T. 2 must be teachers who are currently certified or have completed A.C.T.1 to be eligible to enroll in A.C.T. 2 for an additional certificate, Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Certified teachers applying for additional endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities must submit a copy of their initial certification.
Individuals enrolling in the A.C.T. 2 will enroll in the following sequence of courses for 18 credits:
* May be applied to M.A. in Education emphasis in Special Education.
^ Course code is necessary for Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification.
An individual who is seeking the P-3 Early Childhood certification must have earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or pure sciences, or have successfully completed at least 60 liberal arts credits. In addition, the individual must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75. The accelerated Certification for Teaching (ACT3) is offered as initial certification, as an additional endorsement for certified teachers, or as part of an M.A. in Education with emphasis in Early Childhood (ACT1/P-3). The NJ State Department of Education has initiated this certification area for all teachers in preschool settings. The College of Saint Elizabeth provides a program on a graduate level that will produce well-trained and excellent teachers for the programs of New Jersey. The state of New Jersey requires a passing score of Praxis II Test 0022 – Early Childhood Content Knowledge.
Individuals seeking initial certification in the A.C.T. 3 program will enroll in the following sequence of courses for 23 credits:
* May be applied to M.A. in Education emphasis in Early Childhood
^ Fulfills endorsement certificate requirements.
The New Jersey Department of Education and the College highly recommend that all education students, majors and minors, add this endorsement for dual certifications.
This Certification program prepares students to teach in self-contained special education classes, resource centers, inclusion settings, public and non-public schools, and special education institutions and facilities. This Certification allows students to be highly qualified for teaching in specific levels of education. It is permanent upon completion of program requirements.
Students who wish to obtain this Certification:
Students can also earn a Certificate in Assistive Technology in Special Education.
Course Sequence: 18 credits
This seminar integrates the study of classroom behavior management and curriculum and instruction using classroom seminars, the evaluation of case studies, and observation in inclusive, general education, and special education early childhood, elementary, middle and high school settings. Appropriate strategies for developing an inclusive classroom climate to facilitate the behavioral, social, and academic development of children with and without disabilities will be explored. The seminar and field observation provide opportunities for coordinating educational theory and realistic educational practice. Special emphasis will be given to strategies and techniques for observing and recording behavior in each setting. Field experience is required. Transportation to the field setting is the responsibility of the student. Prerequisites: ED 101, ED 105, PSY 251 or special permission of the Education Chairperson.
This course will help students develop knowledge and skill in the selection and use of materials and teaching techniques appropriate for students with disabilities in early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school inclusive educational settings. Focusing on the academic, social, and adaptive domains class instruction is designed to provide the student with a repertoire of strategies and materials essential to effective collaborative instruction in inclusive settings and to facilitate a co-teaching philosophy for elementary and secondary educators who are responsible for educating diverse students in the general education classroom. Special attention is paid to the teaching areas covered by the NJ endorsement in teaching students with disabilities. Prerequisites: ED 101, ED 105, PSY 251 or special permission of the Education Chairperson.
A study of content background in science education for early childhood, elementary, and special education teachers. Students gain knowledge in the development of science lesson design, within a larger unit of study. Students use effective teaching methods based on hands on/minds on instruction through demonstration, laboratory experiences, long and short- term data collection in an inquiry based setting. Students design appropriate and various forms of authentic assessment practices. Prerequisites: ED 145, ED 253, PSY 241 and PSY 251; acceptance into education major.
This course offers approaches to literacy education for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. It presents insights into literacy acquisition and enhancement as well as strategies for empowering students as language learners across the curriculum. Topics include research in literacy education theories of learning in the language arts, whole language, children's and young adult literature, and ongoing professional growth. Prerequisites: ED 601,ED 603. Co-requisites: PSY 606,ED 607.
Doctoral faculty will plan a summer experience with input from the doctoral students. The experience may include discussions of their second year clinical projects, progress reports on their dissertation research. The plan will also include presentations and workshops conducted by national and/or international experts in the field of PK-12 educational leadership.