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 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
In keeping with the mission and values of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Graduate Teacher Education Program provides students with instruction and experience in current learning technology options that are used to enhance instruction in both the traditional classroom and online.
This Online Teaching in the 21st Century certificate is a four-course program aimed at preparing teachers to utilize recent learning technologies to enhance instruction in the face-to-face setting and at a distance by bringing innovation to the learning experience. The courses will consist of four newly designed courses taken in sequence for a seven-week semester.
The initial course of Online Teaching in the 21st Century will be on campus. The other three courses will be taught online in sequential order. During the last course of the program, students will have to complete a capstone experience. Completion of these courses will provide teachers with knowledge that will help enhance the teaching and learning environment.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be issued a certificate of completion from the College of Saint Elizabeth.
Total: 12 credits
* Technology hardware will be issued to each student upon successful completion of EDOL615 (Limit of $250/student).
For additional program information, contact Post Baccalaureate & Graduate Teacher Certification at (973) 290-4383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For admission information, contact Deborah S. Cobo Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at (973) 290-4194 or email@example.com.
This certificate program is designed to enable practicing teachers and student teachers to meet the K-12 New Jersey mandate (and those in other states) for teaching about the Holocaust and genocide.
This certificate will enable professionals employed in related private organizations to strengthen their knowledge and expertise in this topic. It provides opportunities for study of the Holocaust and genocide as well as to enable teachers to apply what is learned by preparing appropriate curriculum in the various subject areas (i.e. social studies, language arts, music, art, and science).
Courses have been designed for three purposes: to provide practicing teachers and student teachers with opportunities to gain knowledge of the Holocaust and other genocides; to enable practicing teachers and student teachers to reflect on the significance of this knowledge; and to enable practicing teachers and student teachers to apply this knowledge to meaningful curriculum development that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as ability to develop curriculum for fostering empathetic, compassionate, and ethical students.
Required Core Courses (5)
Those who complete the Certificate Program will:
Assessment of student learning outcomes is embedded in the various course structures of the Holocaust certificate program. Students will demonstrate a solid comprehension of the development of the Holocaust through tests, assignments, papers, and class presentations. Throughout the certificate program, detailed assignments provide for formative and summative learning. The professors teaching in the program will monitor the success and development of students in the program. The direct assessment measures include examinations, small group projects, class trips, course portfolios, research papers, oral presentations, etc. Instruments used in the evaluation of assignments vary, and they include project descriptions and/or rubrics.
There will be an initial interview which will provide data of the background knowledge of each student to be involved in the program. This data will be used to measure the comprehensive program assessment. Program assessment actions will be collected, assessed and documented by semester by the individual course instructor. The information will include qualitative and quantitative data (i.e., student grades in courses, rubrics, research papers, student grade point average, and a final project.)
The Mission of this certificate program in Holocaust education is to provide knowledge of the Holocaust and other genocides as well as strategies and resources for curriculum development, teaching and assessment in accordance with high academic and professional standards that also are consistent with the teachings of Vatican Council II.
The program will help teachers enable their own students to meet the New Jersey State mandate for education about the Holocaust and genocide, and also to use this education to meet the New Jersey core curriculum content standards. The program also will enhance the ability of librarians and museum professionals who work to support education about the Holocaust and genocide.
This certificate program is consistent with the Mission of the College itself, fostering a community of learning in the Catholic liberal arts tradition, and aiming to develop teachers who will be leaders in developing respect for all persons, with a spirit of service and social responsibility for the people in our state, nation, and world, helping to reduce prejudice, discrimination, bullying, antisemitism, and hate crimes. It aims to engage a diverse community of educators in gaining knowledge of the Holocaust and other genocides as well as to gain appreciation for diverse cultures and to facilitate reconciliation among diverse peoples.