- Download the program guide (includes course list and application requirements)
- Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Amy Lewis
The Ed.M. program with (K-6) teacher certification is designed for individuals who already possess a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue both teacher certification and a master’s degree in education at the same time. The program’s curriculum covers a range of foundational and specialized topics in elementary education including the principles of classroom learning, evaluation and assessment, subject-specific teaching, classroom organization, literacy development, and educational psychology. In alignment with the GSE’s mission, all teacher preparation programs and courses are designed to prepare teacher candidates to effectively teach diverse learners by fostering a deep understanding of students from historically underserved linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds and communities. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be effective practitioners knowledgeable about current research in learning, teaching, and child development, and prepared to make informed decisions about their educational practice.
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 graduate to receive their Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) as a teacher.
For more information about this program:
Degree + Teacher Certification
What You’ll Learn
Through expert-led, research-driven coursework, graduates of the Ed.M. program with (K-6) teacher certification will gain the perspective needed to understand learning as an active process in which students construct their own knowledge and understandings. They will possess a vision of teaching that promotes depth of understanding and problem solving rather than mere curriculum coverage and recognizes children’s individual and cultural differences. Students will exit the program prepared to be teacher-researchers who reflect on their practice, and armed with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as change makers in the schools and communities they serve.
This program typically takes 2 years to complete and includes:
- 2 no-credit Modules – Completed in the First Summer Semester
- 63 Graduate Course Credits
- 6 Credits – Completed in the First Summer Semester
- 12 Credits – Completed in the First Fall Semester
- 15 Credits – Completed in the First Spring Semester
- 3 Credits – Completed in the Second Summer Semester
- 15 Credits – Completed in Second Fall Semester
- 12 Credits – Complete in Second Spring Semester
Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements, liberal arts credits, and complete their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework. Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.
Careers and Outcomes
Graduates exiting the Ed.M. program with K-6 teacher certification will be prepared for immediate employment as a K-6 education practitioner in New Jersey public, private, and charter schools. Students have gone on to become art, theater, physical education, history, and other subject-specific educators. Beyond roles as practitioners, graduates of this program may also pursue positions such as school administrators, education consultants, math or literacy coaches, private tutors, and education advisors.
- 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
How to Apply
- Collect the materials required for admission
- Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
- Submit supporting materials online
- Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
Tuition & Financial Assistance
For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.
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.