Eligibility Information

Admission to Stockton does not guarantee eligibility for initial certification in Teacher Education.

Students interested in teacher education should attend an Open House or "Day in the Life" events, or contact Dr. Kate Spalding in advising at 609-652-4504 to learn more about teacher preparation requirements in New Jersey.

Criteria for both entry into the Program and continuation are quite rigorous and aligned to NJ state requirements.  Stockton University believes that teachers need to be competent in subject matter as well as in pedagogy, so students should maintain a 3.0 GPA in a liberal arts & sciences major, taking as many content-specific courses as possible along with Professional Requirement courses:

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
  • EDUC 1515 Diversity in Families, Schools and Communities, or equivalent course
  • EDUC 2241 Inclusive Learning in Education
  • INTC 2610 Instructional Technology for K12 Educators
  • Choose either EDUC 2231 or all three Psychology courses: PSYC 1100, PSYC 3391 and a Developmental Psychology course - PSYC 2201, 3322 or 3323   
  • EDUC 2000 Gateway to the New Jersey Teaching Profession where students will obtain a Criminal Background Check, NJ Substitute Certificate (required for some district placements), submit eligible test scores, participate in an Orientation and begin a Teaching Portfolio 

Eligibility for Certification coursework includes:

  • A minimum of 64 semester hours (junior status) in a BA or BS degree program
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 GPA or higher on ALL combined college work *Need to request a GPA Waiver?
  • EDUC 2000 Gateway to the New Jersey Teaching Profession with a B- or higher
  • Scores of: 156-Reading, 162-Writing, and 150-Mathematics on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test as of September 1, 2013 (formerly the Praxis I) or *SAT tests taken between 4/1/95-2/28/16 with scores of: Verbal 560+ & Math 540+; SAT tests taken on or after 3/1/16 with scores of: Evidence Based Reading & Writing 610+ or 30 Reading Section & Math 570+ or ACT scores of English & Math 23+.  *A combined score of the SAT test is no longer accepted per NJ state requirements adopted on September 1, 2015.
  • Successful completion of the Teacher Education Orientation during EDUC 2000
  • Matriculation to Stockton University
  • Criminal Background Check
  • TB Test which can be completed on campus at The Wellness Center in West Quad 

Certification courses included in four culminating semesters:

EDUC 3100/3105 Part-time Clinical Experience/ Literacy Development P-3
EDUC 3101/3200 Part-time Clinical Practice I in Education/Practices & Techniques
EDUC 460x/4600 Part-time Clinical Practice II in Education/Curriculum Methods (Elementary 4110/50)
EDUC 4990/4991/4992 Full-time Final Clinical Practice, Seminar and EdTPA Capstone

Teacher Education Retention Requirements

The following standards will apply to all students in the Teacher Education Program.

  • Once admitted into the Teacher Education Program, a student may not register for a course in the Professional Education Requirements more than 2 times (Clinical Experience, Clinical Practice I, Clinical Practice II, Final Clinical Practice).
  • Students in the Fieldwork semesters must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher GPA to continue in the program. More detailed information is available on the "Forms and Handbooks" page.

Eligibility Procedure

The first step for all students seeking teacher certification at Stockton is to attend a Teacher Information Session that explains requirements, policies, and procedures of the Program. Sessions are generally held in conjunction with Admissions Open House and "A Day in the Life" events.

Students are responsible for providing the School of Education with a complete eligibility form, acceptable Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores (formerly Praxis I), and ALL college transcripts prior to being permitted into certification coursework in the Teacher Education Program.