education program

Education

The School of Education at Georgian Court University offers several undergraduate teacher education programs, each leading to a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing and endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

In New Jersey, you must study a content or primary area—such as math, English or history—along with taking courses in education. Essentially, you double-major in the primary area and education, yet graduate with a degree in the primary major with the designation of being in a teacher certification program.

As part of the program, you will complete one of the following tracks:

  • Elementary Education K–6 (Available majors: biology, chemistry, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, natural sciences, psychology, Spanish, and visual art)
  • Specific Subject K–12 (Available majors: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, Spanish, and visual art)
  • ESL and Elementary Education K–6 (Available majors: biology, chemistry, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, natural sciences, psychology, Spanish, and visual art)
  • ESL and Specific Subject K–12 (Available majors: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, Spanish, and visual art)

Each option includes a Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement.

At the end of the program, GCU facilitates the certification application process. You will submit the application through the school to the state.

Courses

Program

To obtain certification in teacher education, you must successfully complete:

  • Professional Education courses (39 credits)
  • Teacher Education courses

Courses

Required courses vary depending on the track. For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

The passion underneath it all really drives you forward as a teacher and motivates you to be the best that you can be for your students. Ask any teacher who loves their job: it’s watching that ‘light bulb’ flicking on, the eyes lighting up, and the gears turning in a student’s mind that makes it all worth it.

Charlee Bassillo ’14, NJ Student Distinguished Student Teacher Award honoree
Charlee Bassillo ’14, NJ Student Distinguished Student Teacher Award honoree