Teacher Education Program Information

Academic Programs

Rutgers Graduate School of Education offers two types of initial teacher preparation programs:

  • Five-Year Programs: joint bachelor’s degree/master’s degree/initial teacher certification programs for Rutgers-New Brunswick undergraduates
  • Post Baccalaureate Programs: joint master’s degree/initial teacher certification programs.  These programs are designed for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education and who wish to pursue certification and a master's degree in education at the same time

Additionally, through the GSE's Center for Effective School Practices, an alternate route program is available.


Rutgers Graduate School of Education Faculty are renowned experts in the fields of education research and teacher preparation.  Our faculty are leaders in national conversations on topics such as teacher evaluation, education assessment, literacy, minority education, common core concepts, and more.  Learn more about our faculty here.

Student Handbooks

Three handbooks help guide our students through the Teacher Education programs.  The Five-Year Teacher Education handbook is a useful resource for all teacher education students and the Teacher Internship handbook is used as a reference for students who are entering or currently participating in their student teaching internship. The Teacher Education Portfolio Guide instructs students on submitting portfolio materials.

Course Syllabi

Syllabi for our courses are available by visiting the syllabi.gse.rutgers.edu.

Field Experiences

The goal of school-based fieldwork is to provide the student with an opportunity to relate the theories and research they encounter in their coursework to the work of actual schools; to construct knowledge about and understanding of learning and teaching within the context and culture of particular schools; and to actively engage in reflections on teaching and learning with students, peers and professionals. Through field experience, students begin their journey to become scholars of teaching and learning. 

All field placements are arranged by the Office of Student and Academic Services. Students are not permitted to arrange or change field placements on their own. Special accommodations will be made by the Office of Student and Academic Services on a case-by-case basis and should be addressed to Director of Teacher Education Lisa Kruger via email (lisa.kruger@gse.rutgers.edu).


The GSE offers three levels of field experience through its teacher preparation program:

Prior to admission to a teacher preparation program

Introduction to Education: twenty hours observation in various settings including elementary, secondary, special education, English as a second language.

After admission to a teacher preparation program

Clinical Experience Phase 1: (first Fall) thirty-to-fifty hours in a local GSE-CSPN Clinical Partner District. 

Clinical Practice Phase 2: (first Spring) two full days per week in a GSE-CSPN Clinical Partner District. Students work with a cooperating teacher who serves as mentor and master teacher. 

Clinical Practice Phase 3: (second Fall) full-time, five days per week in a GSE-CSPN Clinical Partner District. Students work with a cooperating teacher who serves as mentor and master teacher. Students also have a university supervisor who visits every second week to observe lessons and to critique the intern’s teaching performance.

Community-Based Clinical Experience: (second Spring) a community-based clinical experience associated with a specific course. Fieldwork takes place outside of the typical academic setting. 


All questions and comments about field placements should be directed to Office of Student and Academic Services Graduate School of Education room 110 (848) 932- 3232

Lisa Kruger, Director of Teacher Education, lisa.kruger@gse.rutgers.edu

Ken Tufo, Administrative Assistant, ken.tufo@gse.rutgers.edu