Director: Sara M. Becker, B.A., LaSalle; M.Ed., Ph.D., Temple
Associate Director: Ann M. Heidelberg, B.A., Minnesota; M.Ed., Concordia
Secretarial Assistant: Sheila Diggs
The Teacher Preparation Program is an undergraduate certificate program that coordinates coursework and field experiences leading to a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. Certification programs are available in elementary education (K-5) and/or subject matter fields (K-12). All undergraduate students (Rutgers-Camden four-year or transfer students) seeking teacher certification must major in a liberal arts discipline. Postbaccalaureate students seeking teacher certification must have completed a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree or, if a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree has been earned, complete 30 credits in an appropriate liberal arts concentration, with 12 of the 30 credits at or above the 300 level.
Subject matter certification (K-12) is offered in the following fields: art, biological sciences (biology major), chemistry, English, French, German, mathematics, music, physics, physical science (chemistry or physics major), social studies (economics, history, political science, and sociology majors only), Spanish, and speech arts and dramatics (theater arts major). Although most holders of a subject matter certificate seek to teach in a middle school or high school environment, the certificate actually allows the holder to teach that subject only in all grades.
1. Periodic adjustments to the program will likely occur over time. It is the responsibility of all students in the program to keep informed of program modifications on a regular basis by visiting the Teacher Preparation Program office and the program website.
2. While some required courses are offered during the late afternoon and evening, most courses leading to certification can only be completed through daytime attendance.
3. Students should note that some courses are offered only during the Summer or Winter Sessions and should plan accordingly.
4. For elementary and subject matter certification course requirements, see the Teacher Preparation Program website.