5-Year and Post-Bacc Teacher Education Program | Graduate School of Education

5-Year and Post-Bacc Teacher Education Program

A Top-Ranked Program that Prepares Teachers to Lead Change in the 21st Century.

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Rutgers GSE is ranked among the top 13% of schools of education in the country.

Personal Attention & Mentoring

Enjoy small class sizes and personal mentoring from world-class faculty.

Competitive Tuition

Get a premium education experience with competitive tuition.

The GSE’s Community School Partnership Network (GSE-CSPN) allows pre-service teachers to gain experience working in NJ schools. Often they go on to be employed in their assigned district and join other New Jersey teachers as some of the highest compensated educators in the country.

The Rutgers Graduate School of Education offers over a dozen 5-year joint bachelor’s and master’s with initial teacher certification with options for Post-Bacc study for those that have completed their bachelor’s degrees already. Each is designed to provide students with the opportunity for real-world practice while positioning them at the cusp of cutting-edge research in their field of interest. This blend of theory and practice—facilitated by world-class faculty and paired with the GSE’s community-wide commitment to equity and social justice—equips alumni with a holistic understanding of the current state of education and the specialized skills needed to set them apart from their peers and fellow job-seekers. The New Jersey Department of Education reports that graduates of Rutgers’ teacher education programs consistently have the highest rate of job placement in New Jersey school districts.

The 5-Year and Post-Bacc Teacher Education Programs offer a range of programs and topic concentrations to choose from—including early childhood education, language education, dance education, special education, mathematics education, elementary education, social studies education, science education, English education, and foreign language & ESL education.

Our Commitment to Equity & Social Justice

Rutgers GSE has been preparing New Jersey teachers since 1923. Since then, our programs have continually evolved to effectively address the various dimensions of education and cultivate leaders capable of driving change and innovation in the field. In 2017, Rutgers GSE underscored its commitment to Advancing Excellence and Equity in Education by launching the Urban Social Justice Teacher Education Program. The goal was to develop a generation of teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach, advocate for, and empower today’s diverse student bodies. Teachers prepared at the GSE will learn to critically analyze the social politics of urban, rural, and suburban schools and use that analysis to advocate for each other, their students, and the families that they serve as they engage in the most effective instructional practices built upon deep knowledge of their students.

How It Works

In the 5 Year Program, Rutgers undergraduates do preliminary coursework during their sophomore and junior years and are admitted to the graduate program during the spring semester of their junior year. The professional education sequence begins during their senior year. At the end of their senior year, students qualify to have their baccalaureate degree awarded by one of Rutgers’ undergraduate liberal arts colleges. Students continue with their professional education sequence the summer after their undergraduate graduation and throughout their fifth year. In the fall of their fifth year, students complete a student teaching internship with related coursework and continue with full-time graduate study, including a community-based practicum in the spring.

Post-Bacc candidates follow a similar sequence of course and clinical work beginning after they have already completed their bachelor’s degree. After two years of professional study at the GSE, 5-Year and Post-Bacc students complete all requirements and the Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree is conferred. After the master’s degree is awarded, Rutgers 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.

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