Frequently Asked Questions
The process begins by attending an Information Session at Open House or "A Day in the Life" events or by scheduling an appointment with an Education Counselor. Every Stockton student is unique: we will evaluate your transcript and recommend the best path to certification for you. (Eligibility for the program)
The Teacher Education program currently requires a 3.0 GPA for entry and completion of the program.
- Eligibility: If you are between a 2.75 and 2.99 GPA AND have the passing Praxis II scores for your content area, you may submit a GPA waiver request to be admitted into the Professional Education sequence of courses starting with Clinical Experience.
- Complete the GPA calculator/waiver request form, using your CAPP/Degree Works audit and unofficial transcript. Save this form so that you can attach it in the next step.
- Send an email message to Dr. Norma.Boakes@stockton.edu and CC: email@example.com with subject line: 'GPA Waiver Request, First Name and Last Name, Z number'. Attach a copy of the completed GPA calculator spreadsheet. In the body of this email say what semester of the program you are in and whether you are applying for a GPA waiver for the first time or renewing your GPA waiver request. In addition, please note the number of credits you need to earn an 'A' to raise your GPA to a 3.0.
- Note- Once you are formally approved for a GPA Waiver you must monitor your GPA each term.
You must request A GPA waiver every semester until you reach a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Any student found enrolled with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 who failed to submit a
waiver request will be dropped from program courses until the form is completed. In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to take any additional coursework
beyond what is required to raise his/her GPA to the minimum 3.0 necessary to be recommended
for a CEAS.
*If you have any questions about the process, please contact the School of Education in J-201 at 609-652-4688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typically it takes a minimum of four semesters beyond the sophomore year to complete all program requirements for the Teacher Education Program. The time can be shortened through summer session course work.
You always have access to an advisor in the School of Education. After a student expresses interest in the Program a staff advisor is assigned to assist that student. History, Liberal Studies, Literature, Math and Psychology candidates with an Education concentration and anyone who has enrolled in the Gateway to the New Jersey Teaching Profession (EDUC 3000) will be assigned to an Education faculty preceptor. Preceptors are full-time professors in the School of Education. It is crucial for any student working on any first degree other than Liberal Studies to also have a preceptor in that content or professional area.
Please know that the School of Education Office (J-201) is always open for questions relating to teacher training and licensure. (609) 652-4688
The No Child Left behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was signed into law on January 8, 2002 by President Bush. The Act represents the President's education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since it was enacted in 1965. NCLB changes the federal government's role in K-12 education by focusing on school success as measured by student achievement. The Act also contains the President's four basic education reform principles:
- Stronger accountability for results
- Increased flexibility and local control
- Expanded options for parents
- Emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work
The TEACH Grant is a federal program that provides up to $4,000 each year for individuals that agree to teach in a high need elementary or secondary school, or educational services agency for 4 years after graduating. The summary of the federal loan forgiveness and cancellation programs provides an overview of all relevant information. If you need further assistance, email email@example.com.
The first step for all students seeking teacher certification at Stockton is to attend an Information Session at Open House and A Day in the Life Events. Students receive information, guidance, and certification planning worksheets. A file will be started in the School of Education for any student who submits transcripts at a session. These sessions are open to all Stockton students and the general public. Stop in at J-201, or call 609-652-4688.
Yes, we encourage all students who might be interested in our Program to attend a session or to come into the office as early in their college career as possible. High school seniors are also welcome to attend.
All transfer courses officially accepted by Stockton will be considered by the School of Education. Any course used to satisfy a requirement in the Teacher Education sequence must be approved by an Education advisor and/or our Program Coordinator, Dr. Norma Boakes.
Orientation and Gateway to NJ Teaching Profession EDUC 2000
During the EDUC 2000 Gateway to the NJ Teaching Profession, students participate in a formal orientation process. Students will provide the School of Education with an application, and copies of all transcripts. Applicants are required to attend Orientation where they will verify whether they are eligible for the Certification courses. Upon completion of the Orientation process an applicant may be eligible, conditionally eligible, or denied eligibility to the Certification Program. All students participating in the Orientation process receive formal notification of eligibility status following the orientation.
The Orientation process occurs in EDUC 2000. All paperwork will be distributed and requirements discussed.
A student will be in the process of completing 64-96 credits, pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (formerly the Praxis I (156 Reading, 162 Writing, 150 Math) or have acceptable scores on SAT or ACT (see required scores below), have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and successfully complete the Orientation process.
SAT - If taken on or after 4/1/1995
|SAT - If taken on or after 3/1/2016||
Reading Section 30
|ACT - If taken on or after 8/28/1989||English 23||Math 23|
|GRE - If taken on or after 8/1/2011||Verbal 155||Quantitative 156|
Yes, provided that you can show verification that you have registered for the test.
As you plan to begin the Teacher Education Program, it is important that you complete the CORE Praxis requirement so that it will not prevent you from beginning the Teacher Education Program early enough to meet your expected time line for graduation from Stockton. Keep in mind that the Teacher Education Program is a four semester program, and you must compete EDUC 2000 Gateway to the NJ Teaching Profession prior to beginning the Teacher Education Program.
Stockton is an official electronic testing site for ETS/Praxis Core/ Praxis II testing.
Criminal Background Check
To be placed for fieldwork in the Education sequence (Clinical Experience, Clinical Practice I and II, and Final Clinical Practice), you MUST complete a Criminal Background Check or have your Substitute Teaching Certificate several months in advance of the semester. After you have been fingerprinted, you must follow up with the State of NJ two weeks later to print out your Clearance Certificate. You can print it here: How to print your Clearance letter. Please bring this letter to the School of Education office or scan it to SOE@stockton.edu.
This process can take 3 - 6 weeks to complete and is needed to obtain the needed permits
for the course. So start early.
How to complete the background check Only (about $75)
Archiving your fingerprints
TB (Mantoux) Test
TB (Mantoux) Test: Submit documentation of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test (Mantoux or PPD type) to the School of Education Office. The test must have been taken within the last two years. The TB test may be administered by a personal physician or by the Stockton Office of Health Services.
There are several open-enrollment courses required for teacher certification. PR courses are open to all students and do not require Program permission. The PR courses can be taken at any time prior to the certification semester.
New Jersey requires that anyone who teaches in grades 6-8 must have Adolescent Psychology. Therefore, we recommend that students take either Lifespan or Developmental Psychology which includes both child and adolescent psychology.
Stockton has articulation agreements with NJ community colleges. Courses under the above headings will be accepted at Stockton providing that the grade is a C or better except for Educational Psychology which must have a grade of B- or better. After careful transfer review, courses from other colleges besides the ones listed above may also be accepted as equivalent.
State Code Exam
It is a 35 question true or false test about drugs, tobacco, and alcohol which has been developed by the NJ Department of Education. It can be completed in about 15 minutes in the J-201 office or at the county superintendent's office.
According to New Jersey Education Code (6A:9-5.9) candidates for instructional certificates shall pass an examination in physiology, hygiene, and substance abuse issues. Stockton requires all teacher candidates to meet this state requirement by passing a health issues exam administered by our office or the county superintendent’s office. Completed coursework in the above topics [or military service] may exempt a student from the health test, but we recommend that you take the short test even if you have the coursework.
Stop in our J201 office during office hours to take the exam on the computer. The other option is for the student to take the exam at his/her county superintendent’s office.
Students may retake the exam until a passing score is attained.
Liberal Studies General Degree
If you need to switch to the Liberal Studies degree without the education component, there are several courses that need to be taken as well as a proposal to be written with 2 faculty advisors. Courses that are needed:
-12 credits at the 3000+ level that are relevant to the theme or focus of your plan/proposal
-One Capstone Course
-GEN 2250 Introduction to General Studies
-GEN 2248 Perspectives on Civic Engagement
-GEN 2240 Introduction to Research
Students participate in a formal orientation process to receive eligibility for certification courses. Students will provide the School of Education with an application, and copies of all transcripts. The semester includes 50 hours of fieldwork with associated assignments
Clinical Practice I and II
Yes, students must attend preceptorial advising to receive electronic permits for the courses, attend a special summer informational meeting scheduled before precepting (see below for information), and have completed the Criminal History Background Check. After you have been fingerprinted, you must follow up with the company to make sure that you receive your criminal background clearance letter from the state of NJ. **If you are interested in Summer Introductory semester, please be aware that the semester starts a week earlier than on the posted Stockton Academic Calendar.**
Summer Semester: January 24th: Mandatory Meeting in F-111 at 4:30 p.m. Sign Up Here.
No, the three semesters of courses are designed in sequence: Clinical Practice I is a pre-requisite to Clinical Practice II. Clinical Practice II is pre-requisite to Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching). The semesters must be taken consecutively.
No, the courses are offered as co-requisites.
Methods courses and fieldwork are centered on actual lessons presented by students in school placement classrooms.
Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) is a prospective teacher’s internship, i.e. a full-term experience observing, planning, and teaching in an elementary, middle, or high school setting. A mentor teacher will be assigned to each student. A student teaching fee is required. Students must earn an A or B grade to be recommended for certification with the NJ Department of Education. Together with the Final Clinical Practice course you will take the Final Clinical Practice Seminar and the edTPA course.
The Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Seminar is the co-requisite to Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) and edTPA; class meetings are bi-weekly. Reflecting and critiquing teaching activities will be emphasized. Topics include classroom management, verifying rationale for instruction and evaluating teaching. Students will develop a professional portfolio and prepare to be a beginning teacher.
We recommend that all courses be completed prior to Final Clinical Practice.
A student teaching supervisor is assigned to each student teacher. Student teaching problems are first discussed with the student teaching supervisor.
If you plan to student teach in the Fall: The last available Praxis II testing session to meet the deadlines is March. Fall Student Teaching applications are accepted in the School of Education beginning on March 17th ending on May 1st.
If you plan to student teach in the Spring: The last available Praxis II testing session to meet the deadlines is September. Spring Student Teaching applications are accepted in the School of Education beginning October 1st ending on November 1st.
edTPA is an assessment completed during the clinical component of a teacher
preparation program (e.g., student teaching) and measures a teaching candidate’s ability to plan and deliver a lesson, evaluate student learning, and reflect on his or her practice.
Upon completion of an approved traditional college teacher education program, the student is recommended for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. The CEAS becomes a Standard Certificate after a novice teacher successfully completes his/her first year of teaching.
A Certificate of Eligibility is issued when a student decides to go through New Jersey’s Alternate Route Program. Contact the School of Education Office for Information regarding the Alternate Route Program.
The Alternate Route Provisional Teacher Certification Program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education to enable individuals who have not completed a traditional teacher education program to enter into the teaching profession. To be eligible for the ARP, individuals must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility [CE] from the NJDOE. Please review our Alternate Route page for details.
Stockton has been a proud service provider for the Alternate Route To Teaching in NJ program for over 25 years. This program is a pathway for those who desire to teach in NJ, but have elected not to pursue a traditional teaching certificate.
Q. What is the Alternate Route Program?
A. Please see the DOE mandated program requirements here.
Q. What is the hotline to the NJDOE Office of Certification?
Q. Am I Eligible for the Alternate Route Program?
A. Completing the Alternate Route program requires that the following series of steps be taken by a prospective applicant in the order listed below.
Step 1. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the Office of Licensure and Academic Credentials (OLC).
Step 2. Once you earn your Certificate of Eligibility, apply for and accept employment in a contracted teaching position in a school willing to accept an Alternate Route Candidate.
Step 3.The candidate then registers for the Alternate Route program directly with a provider of which Stockton University is one.
Contact me with additional questions.
Michael Hinman, Executive Director of the Alternate Route To Teaching Program
Yes, an individual must pass the Praxis Core and the Praxis II in the area in which he/she plans to teach (elementary or secondary).