Graduate Certification Programs in Teacher Education

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Graduate Certification Programs in
Teacher Education Overview

The Graduate Certificate program is for those who have a bachelor’s degree and want to obtain teaching certification. The program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. Additional coursework may be required to meet New Jersey certification standards.

The following initial certifications in teacher education are offered:

  • Early Childhood Education (PreK-Gr.3)
  • Elementary (K-Gr.6)
  • Secondary (Gr.9-Gr.12)

The following endorsements are offered for those candidates who already possess a CEAS or standard teaching certificate:

  • Preschool through Grade 3 (P-3)
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement TOSD (K-12)

What you'll study

Dependent upon the licensure program, childhood and adolescent development and learning, curriculum design and research-based instructional strategies, language and literacy; integration of technology in teaching and learning, teaching students with disabilities in the regular classroom, and classroom assessment.

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Admission requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, earned with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
  • A minimum of sixty (60) successfully completed liberal arts credits in a preschool-through-third-grade or elementary program, with a minimum of fifteen (15) credits completed in the subject area for which the candidate intends to be certified in an upper-elementary-with-subject-matter-specification program, or a minimum of thirty (30) credits, obtained in a coherent sequence, in the subject field of the intended certification.
  • Either passing scores on the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators Test series (in all three areas: Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150) or minimum required scores on the SAT or ACT or GRE as set by the New Jersey Department of Education (for initial certification).
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Fast Facts

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  • The skills you’ll gain will enable you to teach in a variety of settings
  • This degree is recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education
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Contact Information

Karen Fasanella
Dr. Karen Fasanella
Associate Professor, Division Chair, Education Coordinator, Education Accreditation Coordinator
Year Joined: 2016
  • B.A., M.A.,
    New Jersey City University;
  • Ed.D.,
    Seton Hall University.
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1106
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 208

Karen P. Fasanella, Ed.D.

Dr. Fasanella received an Ed.D. from Seton Hall University in Educational Administration and Supervision. She received her Principal/Supervisor Licenses after participating in an Educational Administration and Supervision Licensure program at Saint Peter's University. In addition, Dr. Fasanella holds an M.A. in Literacy Education/Literacy Specialist and a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New Jersey City University. In addition to licenses as Principal and Supervisor, Dr. Fasanella has been awarded licenses in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and as a Reading Specialist.

Dr. Fasanella has served as an educator and administrator in the PreK-12 setting in both public and private schools. She has also served in higher education as an adjunct professor for over 15 years. As an adjunct, Dr. Fasanella has served Manhattan College, William Paterson University, Caldwell University, and Saint Peter's University teaching pre-teaching candidates to Doctoral Candidates, serving also as Doctoral Dissertation Mentor. She most recently served as Associate Dean for Academic Success and Associate Professor at Felician University.

As principal, Dr. Fasanella created a Professional Teaching Portfolio for evaluation purposes. For her efforts, Dr. Fasanella was awarded the Today's Catholic Teacher Innovations in Education Award. Dr. Fasanella was also named Distinguished National Principal by the United States Department of Education. In addition, the National Catholic Education Association awarded Dr. Fasanella the Distinguished Principal Award.

Subject(s): Elementary/Early Childhood Education, MA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Special Education, MA in Teaching, Secondary Education, Special Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education/Special Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Urban Education Specialist
Academic Committee(s): Assessment (Chair)
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Praxis I Core Academic Skills Resources:

ETS Resources:

 Prepare for a Praxis Test: Strategy and Tips

Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Khan Academy videos and exercises (PDF) — The Praxis Program has identified videos and exercises available at to support test preparation for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics assessment. Each topic that the test covers is mapped to a video or exercise that may help you prepare to answer questions related to that topic.

Other Free Praxis 1 Study Websites:
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Ultimate Guide
Study Guide Zone
4Test Free Practice Tests
Teachers Test Prep
Mometrix Test Preparation
Test Guide
Practice Quiz


Praxis Core Pocket Prep

The app is free to download, but there are in-app purchases to upgrade your study materials. The free version includes 74 practice questions with answer explanations. It is available for both Apple and Android devices.

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This free app is available for Apple and Android devices. Watch short, engaging video lessons created by our subject matter experts to help you learn even the most difficult concepts. Take quizzes and practice tests, created to match the exam content, to help you master the material on the Praxis you need.

Magoosh Praxis Core Flashcards

This free app is available for Apple and Android devices will help you study for the Praxis Reading, Writing and Math by teaching you key concepts with flashcards

Clinical Practice and Experience

Clinical placement application overview

Students who have met the requirements to be admitted into the School of Education will also be required to complete a variety of clinical experiences. The classroom field observations are an integral part of the teacher preparation program. This provides the student with the opportunity to experience effective instruction by observing different teaching styles in diverse environments. Students will be responsible for securing their own placement for some observation requirements; the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Practice will coordinate other field hours. Clinical experience culminates in the students’ final two semesters as they complete their clinical internship (student teaching).

  • A current Mantoux test (Tuberculosis (PPD) Screening) is required for anyone working with students in schools.

It is strongly recommended:

  • Students complete a Criminal History Review (fingerprinting) through the New Jersey Department of Education.

Courses requiring field placement observation hours
For admission into an educator preparation program (EDC 330), students must pass (or be exempt from) the Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis exam #5751 (consisting of three subtests, 5712, Reading; 5722, Writing; 5732, Math). See Praxis Resources.





EDC 202

Teaching as a Profession


EDC 217

Family and Community


EDC 314

The Development of the Adolescent and Pre-Adolescent


EDC 316

Childhood Development and Learning


EDC 330

Introduction to Curriculum Design I


EDC 332

Introduction to Curriculum Design II


EDC 318

Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment


EDC 336

Introduction to Educational Technology


EDC 320

Educating the Child with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom


EDC 334

Instructional Design and Analysis of Classroom Assessment


EDC 342

Early Childhood Environments and Assessments


EDC 321

Developing Literacy Across the Grades


EDC 410

Clinical Practice I


EDC 412

Clinical Practice II


Field placement application forms

Students will complete the Field Application Request Form for placements coordinated by the Office of Clinical Experience and Practice. Forms are due by September 15 for the following spring semester and February 15 for the following fall semester.

Students are responsible for securing their own placements for certain courses and are required to submit a Clinical Field Verification Form by October 1 (Fall Semester) and March 1 (Spring Semester).

The Clinical Experience Attendance Log and Cooperating Teacher Evaluation Form are to be submitted to the Professor two weeks prior to the end of the semester.

Clinical Intern (Student Teaching) requirements

The clinical intern experience is designed so the student, when possible, spends two consecutive semesters with the same class and cooperating teacher. During the first semester the clinical intern will observe a minimum of 120 hours in the classroom and teach four lessons that will be observed by a college supervisor and three by the cooperating teacher. The clinical intern will spend the second semester entirely in the classroom gradually taking over all the instructional responsibilities. The intern will be observed six times by the college supervisor and four times by the cooperating teacher. The clinical interns will also participate in the Clinical I and II Seminars one evening per week where they will reflect on their experience and prepare their final portfolio. No other courses can be taken during the final semester of student teaching without the approval of the Chair of the Education Division.

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Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice Handbook

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