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Important Requirements and Policies - School of Education

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Education must:

  1. Satisfy all University entrance requirements (as well as all SoE Program Admission Requirements listed below).
  2. Complete a program of at least 120 semester hours which includes the approved NJDOE professional sequence of courses in: Early Childhood Education/Special Education Elementary Education/Special Education Elementary Education/Special Education/Subject Matter Specialization (Middle School) Secondary Education/Special Education in addition to their approved Arts and Sciences co-major
  3. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all academic courses. Courses graded “D” or “F” must be repeated.
  4. Receive a grade of “B” or better in the education professional sequence of coursework beginning with EDU 290 (for all education programs)

School of Education Undergraduate Program Admissions Policy

  1. Satisfy all University entrance requirements.
  2. Meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. This applies to all transfer students within Felician University (internal) and credited institution/s of higher education (external). CGPA must be in place prior to entering EDU 290.
  3. Off-Campus Community College Felician University cohort candidates must have an earned Associates Degree or equivalent. A grade of “C” or better in general education college-level courses is required for teacher education transfer credit. A grade of “B” or better in education and professional related course is required for teacher education program transfer credit.
  4. As per NJ State DOE requirements, all candidates must show proof of passing the Praxis CORE examination or satisfying the SAT/ACT waiver prior to the completion of EDU 290 for formal admission to the School of Education. Candidates will not be permitted to continue into the professional sequence of coursework without providing this evidence. * This requirement is subject to change as it is governed by the NJDOE licensure code.

Transfer Policy for Internal and External Students

  1. Satisfy all University transfer requirements.
  2. All transfer students entering the program must meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  3. Effective 9/1/15, all candidates are required to successfully pass the Praxis CORE examination prior to the completion of EDU 290.
  4. A grade of “C” or better in general college-level courses is required for program transfer credit. A grade of “B’ or better in education and professional related courses is required for School of Education program transfer credit.
  5. University-level courses related to the program cannot have been completed more than 10 years prior to admission to the program and must meet the same Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives as current course offerings to be counted (including required field experiences).
  6. Transferring of college credits will be done on an individual basis.
  7. The number of college credits successfully earned will determine the student’s Field Experience and Seminar course. EDU 290 Transition into Teaching is for the transfer student whose classification level is second semester sophomore or first semester junior. Effective 9/1/15, students in this course are required to take the Praxis CORE examination and show proof of passing. All School of Education students beginning the first semester of attendance are required to be fingerprinted and apply for a criminal background check through the NJ Department of Education prior to formal acceptance to the School of Education program.
  8. EDU 290 Transition into Teaching is for all traditional, cohort & Off-Campus Felician Teacher Education Cohort students.
  9. Clinical Experience Policies and Guidelines
  10. EDU 302- The Integrated Curriculum: Social Studies & ELA, EDU 312- The Integrated Curriculum: ELA & the Content Areas, EDU 304/314- Inquiry Based Learning & the Clinical Experience, EDU 400- Clinical Practice I, EDU 403- Clinical Practice II Seminar and EDU 404- Clinical Practice II

For entrance to Transition to Teaching (Gateway Course)

  1. Registration for the appropriate course (EDU290 or EDU657).
  2. Completion of appropriate forms. These forms will be sent to you via e-mail by the Office of Field Placement ONLY after you have registered for the course.

Professional Sequence Field Course Entrance Requirements

  1. Proof of passing the Praxis Core exam or appropriate documentation of exemption due to SAT/ACT/GRE scores.
  2. Only official score reports from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be accepted.
  3. If you are having difficulty passing the Praxis Core, please make an appointment to meet with a member of the Office of Field Placement or Professor Charity Dacey, Associate Dean.
  4. Attain and maintaining a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (per state regulations)—GPA cannot be rounded up
  5. Registration for the appropriate courses as advised by your advisor
  6. Completion of appropriate forms. These forms will be sent to you via e-mail by the Office of Field Placement ONLY after you have registered for the course.
  7. Proof of recent TB testing.
  8. After completion of 60 college credits, Substitute Certification (along with appropriate background check) is required for the Education Program. If you live in New Jersey, visit your hometown Board of Education Office. If you are a student who lives outside of New Jersey, you may visit the Rutherford Board of Education Office.

Internship Education Program

Parochial, private and public-school systems are used for clinical experience in the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Passaic, Sussex and Warren. The Office of Field Placement provides and secures all pre-service and student teaching placements. School of Education students are not permitted to secure and/or pursue their own clinical experience and/or Clinical Practice II assignment. The student may not contact school personnel, i.e. superintendent of schools, principal, cooperating teacher, school board member, etc. for a placement. This contact includes an in-person meeting, telephone, written, or email communication. If a student secures a placement via personal contact or communication, the placement will not be accommodated, or the assignment will be terminated. The School of Education student will be placed in appropriate field experiences in accordance to the course sequence being taken.


Clinical Practice I Entrance Requirements (EDU400/401 or EDU668/669)

  1. Maintain a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (per state regulations)—GPA cannot be rounded up;
  2. Complete all required academic and professional education courses up until this point;
  3. Registration confirmed for the appropriate courses;
  4. Completion of appropriate forms. These forms will be sent to you via e-mail by the Office of Field Placement, ONLY after you have registered for the course;
  5. Resolve any incomplete/outstanding grades;
  6. Proof of Substitute Certification and successful completion of background check;
  7. Proof of recent TB testing; and
  8. Passing Subject Area Praxis II exams by the appropriate dates below:

For Fall Semester: July 15th

  • Should you have an exam scheduled between July 15th and August 1st, a copy of your Registration ticket will be accepted to hold your place should you pass the exam within that testing window.
  • Should you pass the exam after August 1st, placement may not be guaranteed for the semester start date.

For Spring Semester: November 15th

  • Should you have an exam scheduled between November 15th and December 1st, a copy of your Registration ticket will be accepted to hold your place should you pass the exam within that testing window.
  • Should you pass the exam after December 1st, placement may not be guaranteed for the semester start date.
  • Only official score reports from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be accepted.

If you are having difficulty passing the Subject Area Praxis II, please make an appointment to meet with a member of the Office of Field Placement or Professor Charity Dacey, Associate Dean.


Clinical Practice II Entrance Requirements (EDU403/404 or EDU672/673)

  1. Maintain a minimum Cumulative 3.0 GPA (per state regulations)—GPA cannot be rounded up
  2. Complete all required academic and professional education courses up until this point, including Clinical Practice I (EDU400/401 or EDU668/669).
  3. Registration for the appropriate courses on Web Advisor
  4. Completion of all previous requirements, including Praxis Requirements, as outlined in Clinical Practice I Entrance requirements.