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    Why is there a minimum GPA requirement?

    The New Jersey Department of Education in conjunction with Monmouth University requires all teacher candidates to maintain a 3.0 GPA. In addition to the GPA requirement students must receive a minimum grade of "C" in all required Education courses.

    What if my GPA falls below 3.0?

    Your GPA will be evaluated by the Chair and your advisor.  Based on your GPA and their evaluation, you will be either considered for a probationary semester (at the end of which you must reach the GPA of 3.0) or be advised to change your major.  If your GPA falls below the minimum requirement, contact your Education advisor. When your GPA increases, we hope to see you return to the School of Education.

    Why do I have two majors and two advisors?

    All Education students at Monmouth University are required to have a second major in the arts and sciences. You are considered a dual major; therefore, you must seek advisement from your two major departments.

    What are the subject areas?

    Anthropology, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry/Physical Science, English, English/Creative Writing, Health/Physical Education,  History, History/Political Science, Political Science, Mathematics, Music, and Spanish.

    What Grade levels are available?

    Preschool through 3 (with TSD), Elementary, Secondary and K-12 (with Art, Music, Spanish and Health and Physical Education only)

    What endorsements are available to enhance my education and marketability?

    Early childhood (P-3), Middle School (5-8), Teacher of Students with Disabilities and English as a Second Language

    How long will it take to complete my program?

    Our programs overall are designed to be taken in four years. However, if you add an additional certification or endorsement, it can take longer.

    Can I graduate in four years?

    Yes, but that depends on the number of credits in your major and how many credits your take each semester. You may have to take summer classes and/ or 18 credits per semester.

    What will my Early Field Experiences be like?

    You will be assigned to diverse school districts for field placement experiences during your education program. In order to prepare you to become a highly competent teacher, the majority of your education classes will require field experiences.

    Why do we have some courses in the public schools?

    In order to become a competent teacher, you need to practice the craft in multiple settings over a period of years.  Taking a course in a school district gives students a rich, in-depth experience and an opportunity to work with mentors.  The courses take place in our K-12 University School Partnership districts.

    When can I do my Student Teaching?

    It is the last class taken as a senior. You must complete all program requirements and pass all test requirements prior to student teaching.