5-Year Program in Elementary Education (K-6) with English as a Second Language Certification

    The five-year teacher education program in elementary education (K-6) and English as a Second Language leads to a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and initial teacher certification in elementary education. Candidates will also be recommended for the ESL and/or Bilingual/Bicultural endorsement upon completion of the program. (All ESL coursework in the program must be completed at Rutgers University. No transfer credits will be accepted.) Rutgers undergraduates do preliminary coursework and field placements as assigned during the sophomore and junior years, are admitted to the program during the spring semester of the junior year, and enter the professional education sequence in the summer between junior and senior years. Students then qualify to have their bachelor’s degree awarded by the undergraduate liberal arts college. Students continue with the professional sequence the summer after graduation. They 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 Ed.M. 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 CEAS as a teacher.

    Application Deadline

    February 1st of Junior Year

    Entry Term(s)


    Program Level


    Program Type

    Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree + 2 Teacher Certification





  • Course Catalog
  • Program Requirements
  • Careers & Outcomes

    Graduates exiting this program will be prepared for immediate employment as an education practitioner in New Jersey public, private, and charter schools. Students may teach grades K-6 and or English as a Second Language. Beyond roles as practitioners, graduates of this program may also pursue positions as school administrators, family support specialists, early childcare specialists, education consultants, math or literacy coaches, private tutors, and education advisors.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Passing Praxis Core Test Scores* or Minimum-Passing SAT Scores* or Minimum-Passing ACT Scores* or Minimum-Passing GRE Scores*
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • The New Jersey Department of Education requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to a teacher education program

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline

  • Tuition & Financial Assistance

    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition page.

    Financial Aid:
    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:
    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible. To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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