The Secondary P-12 Education Program

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Students majoring in a program leading to P-12 teacher certification as their first major are the responsibility of the academic department that offers the program in which they are enrolled. The MSE Program works with these students as a service to their first major for assistance in the area of teacher education classes.

General Education and Academic Major

General Education and Major Requirements vary in P-12 teacher certification programs. Each one also has different classes as Additional Requirements. Only the Professional Education classes are the same from one to the other. Major Guidesheets and 4-year Graduation Plans are available.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Kean University does not mean acceptance into any P-12 teacher certification program. Students seeking admission to the major must complete the application and all of the required courses, tests, and requirements, including their Professional Essay. The official list of requirements appears below.

As a prerequisite to applying to the MSE Program for Declaration of Major, a student planning to major in P-12 Teacher Certification must be in good academic standing and maintain a gpa of 3.0.

When applying to the MSE Program a student in either Elementary or Secondary Education must submit the following:

When you have collected all the items listed above, present them to your assigned advisor. Admissions and major requirements are summarized on the reverse side of each departmental guidesheet. Consult the University Catalog for course and program requirements. Students with completed application materials should bring them to the appropriate departmental official for their interview.

Major Requirements for Secondaray Education

Education courses are either classroom courses or field courses. These are listed on the major guide sheet. The professional education courses for secondary education are the same no matter which K-12 teacher certification program you choose.

Field Courses

Field courses are known as Introductory Field, Pre-Professional Field and Professional Field experiences. These classes involve observing, working with, and teaching children in public schools. Which field class you take depends on the level of the children you intend to teach.

Introductory Field

Students take Introductory Field class as part of their admission requirements for entering their major program in education. Because of this, all students in Introductory Field are “Intended” majors, meaning that they have not been admitted to the major program yet via the Declaration of Major process. These are the choices.

The introductory field class meets for three hours per week. Generally, nine of these class meetings take place on campus, three take place in a urban school, and three take place in a suburban school. This is your first official academic step into a classroom so put your best foot forward. There are behaviors that are expected of any professional in a school and there are things that must not be done. These are detailed in the Teaching Performance Center’s Guide for Professional Laboratory Experiences: Introductory Field Experience Handbook I. Handbooks can be downloaded from the TPC website

During introductory field class, you will begin to work on your Philosophy Statement of teaching and you will begin to learn the fine art of reflection as it is used professionally in education. Also, you will complete Section 1 (Contextual Factors) of your Teacher Work Sample Portfolio. As you will learn, teachers learn new things from their first day in a classroom until their last year. Therefore, anything in the Teacher Work Sample is never completely done and is subject to revision and improvement.

You will receive several assessments in the Introductory Field class in addition to your final grade. To enter Introductory Field you must be an Intended education major. This means that your official major of record must be one of the major programs in education with Intended status.

Pre-Professional Field

Pre-professional Field classes generally meet one day per week in a school for 15 weeks. Here you observe and work with a cooperating teacher who will guide you through the activities in their classroom. Typical activities include observing and assisting the teacher with the children, planning and presenting small lessons, and finally larger lessons. Entry into Pre-professional field class is made via application to the Teaching Performance Center .

To help you understand the content, you should be enrolling in Junior Block courses along with Pre-professional Field. The appropriate courses are listed below. Pre-professional field and Junior Block classes are available only to Declared education majors.

Each certification program has a mandatory companion course that must be taken with Pre-professional Field class.

Pre-Professional Field ClassMandatory Companion Course
EMSE 3800EMSE 3123
EMSE 3801EMSE 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240 or 3250
EMSE 3802EMSE 3300

Companion courses and Pre-professional Field classes must be taken together in the same term so as to complete the Mini Teacher Work Sample properly.

During the entirety of this pre-professional experience (field and course work) you will complete the Mini-Teacher Work Sample including the following sections of the Teacher Work Sample:

Professional Field

Professional Internship the final component of your field experience. The courses listed below are 9 credits and are taken with the appropriate class of Senior Seminar.

Professional Field ClassSeminar Course
EMSE 4810 (K-6)EMSE 4900
EMSE 4811 (P-12)EDUC 4000
EMSE 4812 (5-8)EMSE 4900

Professional Field and Seminar classesmust be taken together in the same term and no other registrations are permitted.

The seminar is the Capstone Course of your professional education courses. In this class, you will complete all sections of the Teacher Work Sample Portfolio.