Department of Middle & Secondary Education

The Department of Middle & Secondary Education offers programs in the following areas:

  • Elementary Education K-5—5-8 (leading to Certification in Elementary Education K-5 as well as for Middle School 5-8);
  • Secondary Education K-12 in a variety of subject areas

B. A Program in Elementary Education K-5—5-8

Contact:  Dr. Frank Osborne  
Hutchinson Hall, Room 330  

An Elementary-Middle School program designed to enable successful graduates to become certified as Teacher of Elementary K-5 and to qualify for the endorsement of Teacher of Elementary with Subject Matter Preparation (5-8) in a major subject area. Students in the Elementary-Middle program must choose an academic major in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English (literature or writing options), History, Mathematics, or Spanish.

Requirements for Admission to B.A. in Elementary Education K-5—5-8

Students must complete the following requirements in order to be accepted into the major of Elementary Education K-5—5-8: complete a minimum of 30 credits of course work; achieve a combined 2.75 G.P.A. or higher from Kean University; earn a “B-”* or better in each of 6 specific courses (COMM 1402, ENG 1030, HIST 2303, MATH 1000 or 1010, BIO 1000, and EMSE 2800 or 2802); obtain a passing score** on each of the three parts of the Praxis I exam Reading (175), Writing (173) and Math (174); complete the Speech and Hearing Screening Test; gain acceptance into an academic major; complete the application for admission; and be interviewed by the a department designee.

Programs in Teacher Certification for Subject Areas K-12

Coordinator: Dr. Linda Cahir
Hutchinson Hall, Room J334F
(908) 737-4008

For additional information and specific forms:

Kean University offers a variety of programs leading to the B.A. Degree in an academic major with an option in Teacher Certification K-12. The academic portions of these programs are housed in their respective departments. The Professional Education component of these programs is housed in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Students registering for Instruction in Subject Areas K-12 programs must have a G.P.A. of 2.75 or better and a “B-”* or better in COMM 1402, ENG 1030, and EMSE 2801 and a "C" or better in a labratory science course and a math course (above 1000 level). Students must obtain a passing score** on each of the three parts of the Praxis I exam: Reading (175), Writing (173) and Math (174); they must complete the Speech and Hearing Screening Test and submit two letters of recommendation, and must have be formally admitted into the education program, to register for EMSE 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, 3250, 3801, 4811, EDUC 3401, 3000, 4000 and for the electives EMSE 3122 and EMSE 3112.

Students must earn a “B-” or higher in each education course in order to register for EMSE 4811. Grades below a “B-” must be remediated before students enroll in EMSE 4811. The added course credit will be counted as extra credit beyond the required 30 credits for the program. In addition, the academic major must be maintained with a “B” or better (allowance for two “Cs”).

*Exceptions made with department approval

**Acceptance score may change. See advisor for details.


Biology Specialization

Earth Science Specialization

Mathematics Specialization

Technology Specialization


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