Five-Year Teacher Education Programs | Graduate School of Education

Five-Year Teacher Education Programs

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) offers several five-year joint bachelor's degree/master's degree/initial teacher certification programs. Rutgers undergraduates do preliminary coursework during their sophomore and junior years and are admitted to the program during the spring semester of their junior year. Their professional education sequence intensifies in the senior year. Students then qualify to have their baccalaureate degree awarded by one of the undergraduate liberal arts colleges. They continue with the professional sequence the summer after graduation. Students return in the fall to complete a student teaching internship with related coursework and continue with full-time graduate study, including a field-based research project, in the spring. The master of education degree is conferred upon the completion of all five-year program requirements. After the master's degree is awarded, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the student to receive a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing as a teacher. Broadly, our program helps students to:
  • learn pedagogical content knowledge of subject areas, i.e., content specific teaching methods in the discipline(s);
  • acquire a grounding in the historical and philosophical contexts of the discipline that they will be certified to teach;
  • develop curriculum, apply instructional strategies and class management techniques, construct and implement assessments; and
  • gain the knowledge and skills of integrating technology into instruction.
They gain this knowledge through a healthy mix of practical, hands-on learning and classroom experiences.  
Explore the Undergraduate Minor in Education offerings for detailed information. For a listing of useful student resources within the university, visit Information for New and Current Students.