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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 Professional Dispositions set standards for ways of interacting within the university setting as well as in the P-12 school setting with students, classmates, cooperating teachers, administrators, supervisors, families and other stakeholders.  Throughout completion of coursework, program faculty monitors candidates' performance, professional behaviors, attributes and dispositions.  Successful advancement within and completion of the academic education program, including participation in field and clinical work, require a teacher candidate to demonstrate and adhere to dispositions, as detailed in the College of Education Professional Dispositions document provided to students upon entry to the education major.  When needed, candidates may be required to participate in professional development activities.

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. Courses are offered on campus, online and hybrid.


Candace Burns, PhD, Dean
973.720.2137 • burnsc@wpunj.edu

Dorothy Feola, PhD, 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-6 or P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement

Elementary education (K-6 or K-6 with 5-8 subject field specialization, K-6 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement and 5-8 subject field specialization endorsements)

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

*A bilingual endorsement and an English as a Second language (ESL) endorsement can also be added to any of the above areas. Additional language testing is required.

Students are also required to major in a content area and maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Education majors must maintain a 3.00 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 programs 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. Alison Dobrick, Department of Elementary and Early Education, at 973.720.3674 or dobricka@wpunj.edu.

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. JoAnn Cardillo at cardilloj@pvhs.k12.nj.us.

 

Office of Professional Development and School/ Community Partnerships

Nancy Norris-Bauer, Director

The Office of Professional Development and School/Community Partnerships (PDSCP) represents the College of Education (COE) locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally in offering programs of the highest quality and providing exceptional opportunities outside the classroom for William Paterson students.

It is the home for William Paterson’s Professional Development School (PDS) Network which includes close partnerships with 60+ schools in multiple counties throughout New Jersey.  These PDS schools provide special opportunities for COE students throughout their programs.

In addition the PDSCP houses the Heller Institute for Teaching, Learning and Leadership which enhances the College of Education’s relationships with alums and educational professionals by organizing innovative educational programming focusing on leadership in the profession.  The Institute also offers customized professional development for schools and school districts. The PDSCP collaborates with a wide variety of community organizations including museums, historic sites, arts organizations and professional and governmental organizations (e.g. National History Day and the Dodge Foundation are two examples of this ongoing work). International Partnerships supported by PDSCP provide students with exceptional opportunities beyond the classroom by developing and expanding current partnerships and study abroad programs with universities in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

 

Office of Field Experiences

Margaret Renn, Director

The Office of Field Experiences (Valley Road 3108) oversees and coordinates all clinical experiences (observations, tutoring, practica), and clinical practice (student teaching) placements in the schools. Applications for clinical experiences and clinical practice must be submitted to the Office of Field Experiences by the posted deadline, which is a year in advance of the actual experience:  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 3.00 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.

Overview of Policies for Field Experiences

All teacher candidates must have a range of diverse school experiences. A variety of field experiences will be provided within each program.  Teacher candidates cannot be assigned to a cooperating school which they have attended, a district in which a relative is employed, or a district in which they have an affiliation including, but not limited to where they work or live.

  • All placement contacts with school districts must originate from the Office of Field Experiences.  . 
  • Teacher candidates cannot contact a district to initiate a placement.
  • Placements are made in the teacher candidate’s certification area(s) in a public (or approved private) school district.
  • Placements within school districts are contracts.  After a school district accepts a teacher candidate, the candidate is expected to honor the contract. 
  • Teacher candidates share responsibility for successful placements.  In the event an interview is requested, it is the responsibility of teacher candidates to prepare for and successfully present themselves.
  • After three unsuccessful interviews teacher candidates must meet with appropriate department faculty, and director of the Office of Field Experiences to determine discuss possible continuation in the program.
  • Teacher candidates may only postpone applications for two semesters following completion of course work.  A written request for postponement is required.

Placements are typically made in the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Union.  This policy is enforced to ensure the availability of a college supervisor.  Limited placements may be made in other counties under special circumstances.  All placements are contingent on school district acceptance and university supervisor availability.

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. Satisfactory completion of matriculation admissions assessments and screenings to the appropriate certification program. 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.

a. must have passed the PRAXIS CORE Academic Skills for Teachers exam
b. maintain a cumulative gpa of 3.00.

2. Approval of the individual applicant by the department which is responsible for certification, based on the following standards:

a. An overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher at the close of the semester immediately preceding the practicum experience.

b. A cumulative grade point average as deemed appropriate in the academic major and a 3.00 grade point average in the teacher education sequence, as deemed by the appropriate certification program.

c. Satisfactory completion of all preliminary field experiences and pre-requisite courses required in the program.

d. A minimum of 60 credits completed at the time of application for practicum at the undergraduate level.

e. Completion of all requirements based on the freshman Foundation Skills tests in reading, writing, and mathematics, and the successful completion of UCC College Writing, prior to admission to the teacher education major at the undergraduate level.

f. Consideration of additional departmental standards in the form of auditions, physical performance requirements, submission of portfolio, specific skills tests, comprehensive tests, etc.

g. Submission of the Practicum Application, including four (4) copies of the biographical data form.

h. Current NJ substitute license and documentation of negative results on Mantoux test to the Office of Field Experiences at least three (3) months in advance of the field experience semester. 

Prerequisites for Student Teaching

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

1. Satisfactory completion of matriculation admissions assessments and screenings to the appropriate certification program. 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.

a. must have passed the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Teachers exam
b. maintain a cumulative gpa of 3.00.

2. Approval of the individual applicant by the department which is responsible for certification, based on the following standards:

a. An overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher at the close of the semester immediately preceding the student teaching experience.

b. A cumulative grade point average as deemed appropriate in the academic major and a 3.00 grade point average in the teacher education sequence, as deemed by the appropriate certification program.

c. Satisfactory completion of all preliminary field experiences and pre-requisite courses required in the program.

d. A minimum of 84 credits completed at the time of application for student teaching at the undergraduate level.

e. Successful completion of additional departmental standards in the form of auditions, physical performance requirements, submission of portfolio, specific skills tests, comprehensive tests, and requirements to pass all appropriate PRAXIS II exams for certification(s).

3. Submission of Appropriate Documentation

a. Submission of the Student Teaching Application, including four (4) copies of the biographical data, to the Office of Field Experiences no later than one year preceding the academic semester of the internship for the following fall or spring semesters.

b. Current NJ substitute license and documentation of negative results on Mantoux test must be submitted three (3) months in advance of the field experience semester.

c. Provide official passing PRAXIS II scores for the certification area(s) being sought by August 1st for student teaching in the fall semester and January 1st for student teaching in the spring semester. 

 

Practicum Courses*

CIEC 2000 Early Childhood (P-3) Practicum I

CIEC 3000 Early Childhood (P-3) Practicum II

CIEE 3010 Elementary (K-6) Practicum

CISE 3520 Secondary Subject Field (K-12) Practicum

MUS 3290 Field Experience I: Music Education (Elementary)

MUS 4290 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 Begin the Education major

WPUNJ students may select an education major from time of entry to the university.  The ability to enroll in one of the introductory courses of the major (CIED 2030, SPC 2550, or PETC 3110 and subsequent education major coursework is dependent on fulfillment of the full-matriculation requirements, which include:  an overall WPUNJ GPA of at least 3.0, passing scores on the PRAXIS CORE test of basic skills (waivers area available for those who hold suitable SAT/ACT scores), and successful completion of at least 60 credits. 

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 student must also submit a check or money order in the amount of the state licensure fee.  Deadlines for submission of the application and fee are October 1st for fall completers, March 1st for spring completers, and June 1st for Summer Completers.  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" is issued to a student who is enrolled in an alternate route licensing program and who receives and accepts a documented offer of employment.

The standard (permanent) certificate will later be issued to an individual who achieves certain evaluation ratings within a three year (consecutive) span of teaching as per N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.7.

PRAXIS Resource Center

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 current student identification available in order to utilize the resource center.  College of Education, Valley Road, Room 4112.