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Why Become a Teacher?

  • Contribute to your community in a meaningful way
  • Provide mentorship in a supportive environment
  • Inspire a love of learning or interest in a particular subject
  • Make the world a better place by instilling positive values
  • Provide healthy role modeling
  • Help widen minds and perspectives and encourage a more inclusive society
  • Celebrate similarities and differences
  • Foster a spirit of inquiry and exploration
  • Catalyze a generation of thinkers, innovators, and change-makers
  • Meet hundreds of diverse people and families
  • Learn something new every day in a dynamic and complex profession
  • Develop hard and soft skills that will help you in every facet of your life

Two Pathways to Teacher Prep and Certification

The Five-Year Path

Our five-year path is for Rutgers undergraduates who want to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in – you guessed it—five years. Generally speaking, only one year of the program is at the graduate tuition rate,* making it one of the most cost- and time-efficient ways to pursue initial teacher licensure. Plus, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and begin teaching at a higher rate of pay.

*Special circumstances may apply; check with your counselor or our admissions office for up to date fees.

Five-Year FAQs

  • What do I need to major in?

    The major is based on the specific five-year program in your area of interest. For more info, check out the downloadable pages on our website or speak with an academic counselor.

  • What are the prerequisites?

    Introduction to Education with the corresponding lab 05:300:200/201, as well as Educational Psychology 05:300:306. Dance Education, Special/Elementary Education, and Math Education require some additional courses.

  • What do I need to apply?

    We require three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a minimum GPA of 2.75.* An entrance exam is also necessary. View the downloadable pages on our website or speak with an academic counselor for more information.

    *This is the NJDOE required minimum, and faculty GPA requirements vary by program.

  • When should I apply?

    Students typically apply to the five-year program in the spring of their junior year, but seniors can apply too. Transfer students should speak with a GSE academic counselor for guidance.

The Post-Baccalaureate Path

Our “Post-Bacc” path is for students who have already received their bachelor’s degree in a field unrelated to education. The program typically takes two years, and as with the 5-year pathway, upon graduating a person earns an Ed.M. (Master’s of Education) and a recommendation to be awarded a certificate to teach in a public school in New Jersey. Regardless of the path to their Ed.M., students can choose from licensure areas such as English education, dance education, mathematics education, elementary education, social studies education, science education, foreign language, and English as a Second Language education.

Post-Bacc FAQs

  • How long does it take/can I complete it in a quicker timeframe?

    It is two years, full-time. A part-time option is available, but will take longer than two years. For details, consult a GSE academic counselor.

  • Where is the program located?

    Courses are held in person on the New Brunswick Campus. Clinical placements take place in New Jersey Public Schools in and around New Brunswick. Special arrangements for clinical placements can be made if you live more than an hour away from campus.

  • What do I need to apply?

    We require three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a minimum GPA of 2.75,* as well as an entrance exam. View the downloadable pages on our website or speak with an academic counselor for more information.

    *This is the NJDOE required minimum, and faculty GPA requirements vary by program.

Why Rutgers GSE?

  • Our grads are highly employable and get jobs!
  • Top-ranked Graduate School of Education in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report; #1 in New Jersey!
  • Programs led by world-class faculty
  • Can be completed in two years
  • No GRE requirements.

About the GSE

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Consistently the Top-Ranked School of Education in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report
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More Than 60 Programs of Study Taught by Leading Experts in the Field
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Over 16k Active Alumni | 9k Alumni Residing in New Jersey
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Nearly 100 Years as a National Leader in Preparing Education Leaders

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