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Frequently-Asked Questions

Getting Started

When do I need to apply for admission to the IEE Certification Program?

There is no fixed date for application to the IEE Certification Program. However, you must file for student teaching a full year prior to your desired student teaching semester, and only students who are officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program can apply for student teaching. We encourage students to complete the admission requirements for the IEE Certification Program as soon as possible.

Will I get my bachelor’s degree through the IEE?

Rutgers-Camden does not offer a degree program in education. Students must choose and complete a major, usually in a liberal arts or science discipline, and can complete the IEE Certification Program along with their major and other RUC requirements. A bachelor’s degree is a State requirement for certification.

Can courses taken at another college be used to satisfy certification requirements?

Courses that are accepted by the University and possess Rutgers-Camden course equivalencies can be used to satisfy IEE Certification requirements. Upper level IEE certification courses are generally not granted RUC course equivalencies.

Certification

I am an undergraduate who wants Preschool through 3rd grade certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

Undergraduate students seeking P-3 certification must complete:

  1. An academic major – all majors are acceptable for P-3 certification
  2. All general education and graduation requirements for the degree
  3. The IEE Certification Program requirements for P-3 Program
  4. A minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts
    * We encourage students to complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program before investing in coursework.

Sequence for completing the P-3 IEE Certification Program:

  1. Apply to Rutgers Camden or Re-enroll at Rutgers Camden
  2. Complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program
  3. Make an appointment with an IEE staff member to officially enroll in Certification Program (856-225-6051)
  4. Sign for a Student Teaching Application one year in advance of the desired to student teaching semester. You cannot enroll in any fieldwork courses unless you are officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program. Student Teaching Application deadlines are late September for the following fall semester and late January for the following Spring semester.
  5. See chart below for final coursework sequence:

Student Teaching Application Due

Methods (Practicum)
(3 credits)

Practicum II
(3 credits)

Student Teaching
(12 credits – full time semester)

End of September for the following Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

End of January for the following Spring Semester

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Spring Semester

I am an undergraduate who wants Elementary School (K-6) certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

Undergraduate students seeking K-6 certification must complete:

  1. An academic major – all majors are acceptable for K-6 certification
  2. All general education and graduation requirements for the degree
  3. The IEE Certification Program requirements for K-6 program.
  4. A minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts

* We encourage students to complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program before investing in coursework.

Sequence for completing the K-6 IEE Certification Program:

  1. Apply to Rutgers Camden or Re-enroll at Rutgers Camden
  2. Complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program
  3. Make an appointment with an IEE staff member to officially enroll in Certification Program (856-225-6051)
  4. Sign for a Student Teaching Application one year in advance of the desired to student teaching semester. You cannot enroll in any fieldwork courses unless you are officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program. Student Teaching Application deadlines are late September for the following fall semester and late January for the following Spring semester.
  5. See chart below for final coursework sequence:

Student Teaching Application Due

Methods (Practicum)
(3 credits)

Practicum II
(3 credits)

Student Teaching
(12 credits – full time semester)

End of September for the following Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

End of January for the following Spring Semester

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Spring Semester

I am an undergraduate who wants a subject-area (P-12) certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

The IEE Certification Program offers P-12 subject-area certificates in Art, English, French, German, Spanish, Mathematics, Music, Social Studies, Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, and Theater.

Undergraduate students seeking P-12 certification must complete:

  1. An academic major – most undergraduates major in the area they want to teach, but see an IEE advisor if you plan to teach in a content area you are not majoring in
  2. All general education and graduation requirements for the degree
  3. The IEE Certification Program requirements for P-12 Program

* We encourage students to complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program before investing in coursework.

Sequence for completing the P-12 IEE Certification Program

  1. Apply to Rutgers Camden or Re-enroll at Rutgers Camden
  2. Complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program
  3. Make an appointment with an IEE staff member to officially enroll in Certification Program (856-225-6051)
  4. Sign for a Student Teaching Application one year in advance of the desired to student teaching semester. You cannot enroll in any fieldwork courses unless you are officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program. Student Teaching Application deadlines are late September for the following fall semester and late January for the following Spring semester.
  5. See chart below for final coursework sequence:

Student Teaching Application Due

Methods (Practicum)
(3 credits)

Practicum II
(3 credits)

Student Teaching
(12 credits – full time semester)

End of September for the following Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

End of January for the following Spring Semester

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Spring Semester

I am an undergraduate who wants Middle School certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

Undergraduate students seeking 5-8 Middle School certification must complete:

  1. All requirements listed under K-6 (Elementary) certification or P-12 (subject area) certification.
  2. The IEE Certification Program requirements for the 5-8 Middle School Certificate.

I am an undergraduate who wants Special Education certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

Undergraduate students seeking P-12 Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification must complete:

  1. All requirements listed for your respective P-3, K-6, or P-12 certification
  2. The IEE Certification Program requirements for the TSD Certificate

Note: The TSD license does not stand alone; students can pursue P-3, K-6, or P-12 certification at the same times as the TSD license or can come back after earning a CEAS in a certification area above and add-on the TSD license.

I am a post-baccalaureate or graduate student who wants Preschool through 3rd grade certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

Post-baccalaureate students are those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, either from Rutgers or from another 4 year accredited institution and who are coming to complete IEE certification requirements. Graduate students are those currently admitted to an RUC graduate program and are pursuing the undergraduate IEE Certification Program concurrently.

Post-baccalaureate / Graduate students seeking P-3 certification must:

  1. Show evidence of a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts
  2. Complete the IEE Certification Program requirements for the P-3 Program

* We encourage students to complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program before investing in coursework.

Sequence for completing the P-3 IEE Certification Program

  1. Apply to Rutgers Camden or Re-enroll at Rutgers Camden
  2. Complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program
  3. Make an appointment with an IEE staff member to officially enroll in Certification Program (856-225-6051)
  4. Sign for a Student Teaching Application one year in advance of the desired to student teaching semester. You cannot enroll in any fieldwork courses unless you are officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program. Student Teaching Application deadlines are late September for the following fall semester and late January for the following Spring semester.
  5. See chart below for final coursework sequence:

Student Teaching Application Due

Methods (Practicum)
(3 credits)

Practicum II
(3 credits)

Student Teaching
(12 credits – full time semester)

End of September for the following Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

End of January for the following Spring Semester

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Spring Semester

I am a post-baccalaureate or graduate student who wants Elementary School (K-6) certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

Post-baccalaureate students are those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, either from Rutgers or from another 4 year accredited institution and who are coming to complete IEE certification requirements.
Graduate students are those currently admitted to an RUC graduate program and are pursuing the undergraduate IEE Certification Program concurrently.

Post-baccalaureate / Graduate students seeking K-6 (Elementary) certification must:

  1. Show evidence of a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts
  2. Complete the IEE Certification Program requirements for the K-6 Program

* We encourage students to complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program before investing in coursework.

Sequence for completing the K-6 IEE Certification Program

  1. Apply to Rutgers Camden or Re-enroll at Rutgers Camden
  2. Complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program
  3. Make an appointment with an IEE staff member to officially enroll in Certification Program (856-225-6051)
  4. Sign for a Student Teaching Application one year in advance of the desired to student teaching semester.You cannot enroll in any fieldwork courses unless you are officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program. Student Teaching Application deadlines are late September for the following fall semester and late January for the following Spring semester.
  5. See chart below for final coursework sequence:

Student Teaching Application Due

Methods
(3 credits)

Practicum II
(3 credits)

Student Teaching
(12 credits – full time semester)

End of September for the following Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

End of January for the following Spring Semester

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Spring Semester

I am a post-baccalaureate or graduate student who wants subject-area (P-12) certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

The IEE Certification Program offers P-12 subject-area certificates in Art, English, French, German, Spanish, Mathematics, Music, Social Studies, Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, and Theater.

Post-baccalaureate students are those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, either from Rutgers or from another 4 year accredited institution and who are coming to complete IEE certification requirements.
Graduate students are those currently admitted to an RUC graduate program and are pursuing the undergraduate IEE Certification Program concurrently.

  1. Post-baccalaureate / Graduate students seeking P-12 (subject-area) certification must:
    Show evidence of a minimum of 30 credits in a major or concentration for which you are seeking certification, 12 of which must be at the 300 level (junior / senior level) or higher. P-12 certification candidates seeking certification in an area outside the discipline of their bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credits in a coherent subject area concentration, with twelve (12) of those credits in courses at a junior / senior level. These 30 credits may consist of ANY array of courses offered by the major department, not necessarily those specified by the department for the degree.
  2. Complete the IEE Certification Program requirements for the P-12 Program

* We encourage students to complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program before investing in coursework.

Sequence for completing the P-12 IEE Certification Program

  1. Apply to Rutgers Camden or Re-enroll at Rutgers Camden
  2. Complete the Admission Requirements for the IEE Certification Program
  3. Make an appointment with an IEE staff member to officially enroll in Certification Program (856-225-6051)
  4. Sign for a Student Teaching Application one year in advance of the desired to student teaching semester. You cannot enroll in any fieldwork courses unless you are officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program. Student Teaching Application deadlines are late September for the following fall semester and late January for the following Spring semester.
  5. See chart below for final coursework sequence:

Student Teaching Application Due

Methods (Practicum)
(3 credits)

Practicum II
(3 credits)

Student Teaching
(12 credits – full time semester)

End of September for the following Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

End of January for the following Spring Semester

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Spring Semester

I am a post-baccalaureate or graduate student who wants Middle School certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

Post-baccalaureate / Graduate students seeking 5-8 Middle School certification must complete:

  1. All requirements listed under K-6 (Elementary) certification or P-12 certification.
  2. The IEE Certification Program requirements for the 5-8 Middle School Certificate.

I am a post-baccalaureate or graduate student who wants Special Education certification. What steps do I follow to get certified?

Post-baccalaureate / Graduate students seeking P-12 Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification must complete:

  1. All requirements listed for your respective P-3, K-6, or P-12 certification, or show proof of a previously earned P-3, K-6, or P-12 CEAS or Standard license.
  2. The IEE Certification Program requirements for the TSD Certificate

Note: The TSD license does not stand alone; students can pursue P-3, K-6, or P-12 certification at the same times as the TSD license or can come back after earning a CEAS in a certification area above and add-on the TSD license.

How many certifications am I able to pursue at one time through the IEE Certification Program?

Students are able to complete up to 2 certifications at once through the IEE Certification Program. If you choose to pursue DUAL certification, you must officially declare the second certification area prior to applying for student teaching so that the IEE can seek the appropriate placements.

My major is English and my minor is Spanish. Can I be certified to teach both? If I am a Psychology major can I teach Math?

To be certified in any P-12 subject, you must show evidence of a minimum of 30 credits in a coherent concentration in that subject, 12 of which must be at the 300 level (junior / senior level) or higher. These 30 credits may consist of ANY array of courses offered by the department, not necessarily those specified by the department for the degree. Additionally, you must achieve a passing score on the Praxis II exam(s) in the certification subject(s) and having a passing OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) score for foreign languages. Please consult an IEE advisor if you have any questions.

I am a transfer or post-baccalaureate student. How long will it take me to complete my certification program?

This question can only be answered on an individual basis since many factors come into play. We encourage students to make an appointment (856-225-6051) to map out a plan with an IEE advisor.

Does the IEE Certification Program offer alternate route certification?

Yes, we offer alternate route certification in P-3 only. You should contact the NJDOE Provisional Teacher Program if you are seeking another type of alternate route certification.

Are there any requirements for certification beyond student teaching?

Yes. The State of New Jersey requires passing score(s) on the appropriate Praxis II exam(s). Foreign Language certification candidates must also pass an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Students must also complete State certification paperwork and pay designated State fees.

I am a junior or senior, and I have not taken any IEE Certification Program courses. Can I enroll in the IEE Certification Program now, graduate with my class, and re-enroll to complete the rest of the requirements?

Yes. You may graduate when you have completed all your RUC degree requirements. The following semester you can re-enroll and complete your remaining coursework for the IEE Certification Program. Please be sure to contact the Financial Aid office to discuss your options.

Praxis Testing

How long are my Praxis test scores good for?

Praxis exam scores are good for 5 years from the date of the test.

What is the difference between Praxis I , Praxis Core, and Praxis II?

Rutgers Camden accepts the Praxis Core test for entrance into our Program.

Praxis Core is also comprised of 3 separate tests: Reading, Writing, and Math. The required scores are: Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150.

At this time, we also accept the Praxis I test. Praxis I, also known as PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test), is comprised of 3 separate tests: Reading, Writing, and Math. The IEE Certification Program requires Praxis I for entrance into the IEE Certification Program and the required scores are: Reading 177, Writing 177, and Math 175.

Praxis II are subject area tests required by the State of New Jersey for certification.

My Praxis I score report shows that I passed my tests for New Jersey. Why doesn’t the IEE Certification Program accept those scores?

The State of New Jersey has identified minimum passing scores that institutions of higher education can require; however, each college sets their own benchmarks for admittance to individual programs. The IEE benchmark scores were set as a result of an intensive study done here at RUC along with ETS.

The IEE Certification Program scores are higher than the state minimum; therefore, to be admitted to the IEE Certification Program, you must have our Praxis I scores: Reading 177, Writing 177, and Math 175.

Do I need ETS to send a copy of my scores to the IEE Certification Program?

No. We will accept a copy. We encourage students to have your scores sent to PA or any other State Department of Education where you might have an interest in teaching.

I see that my Praxis test is offered on the computer and paper-pencil. Which one should I take?

You can take either format of the test. The passing scores are the same.

When should I take the Praxis II test? What tests do I need to take?

You should take the Praxis II test as soon as you feel your subject-area knowledge has prepared you to succeed. We encourage students to take the test(s) prior to student teaching, but it is not a requirement for the IEE Certification Program; however, you cannot complete State certification unless you pass the appropriate Praxis II test(s).

List of tests and passing State scores

What role does the IEE play in the Praxis II test program?

The Praxis II exam is the responsibility of the student and ETS. The IEE does not engage in registration or collection of monies, nor does it have anything to do with the administration of the tests.

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

What is a field experience?

In field experiences courses, students are placed in schools to observe and teach along with attending an on- campus course. Students are required to complete a minimum of three field experience courses which include Methods, Practicum II, and Student Teaching. In the Methods and Practicum II courses, students are assigned to a school where a majority of the time is observing, teaching a few lessons, and aiding in the classroom as directed by the cooperating teachers. Student Teaching is a full-time field experience where students will observe and teach the entire school day over the course of a whole semester. Students must be officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program and have successfully applied for student teaching in order to take Practica courses (Methods Practicum and Practicum II) and Student Teaching courses.

How do I sign up for a Practica course – Methods or Practicum II?

You must be officially admitted to the IEE Certification Program and have filed a student teaching application in order to register for Methods and Practicum II courses. These courses are assigned and must be taken in the final 2 semesters prior to student teaching. 

Student Teaching Application Due

Methods Practicum
(3 credits)

Practicum II
(3 credits)

Student Teaching
(12 credits – full time semester)

End of September for the following Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

End of January for the following Spring Semester

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Spring Semester

 * Please note that candidates seeking a Special Education endorsement will have to complete a Special Education Practicum. Please contact the IEE with any questions. 856-225-6051.

Should I try to get my own placements for field work courses?

No. The IEE Certification program places students within our established network of partner schools and students are not allowed in any way to coordinate or seek out placements.

Where will I be placed for my field work assignments?

We place students within a reasonable radius of the Rutgers Camden campus. Students are assigned their Practica field placements. Students will be given the opportunity to ask for two preferred districts for student teaching, however preferences are not guaranteed.

I am completing my Special Education certification at the same time. How many practica courses do I need to take?

If you are a DUAL certification candidate in Special Education, you are required to complete a third practicum in Special Education as well as your other two Practica – Methods Practicum and Practicum II. Students will have the opportunity to complete the Special Education Practicum in the Summer prior to student teaching or in the same semester as the Methods Practica course.

Can I take coursework in my student teaching semester?

No. You are only allowed to take Student Teaching and the co-requisite Student Teaching Seminar during the student teaching semester. All major and general education courses, as well as graduation and the IEE Certification Program requirements must be fulfilled by the end of the term immediately preceding student teaching. Spring student teachers must have all requirements complete by the end of the preceding Fall semester, as only one course can be taken in the Winter session – i.e., practicum.

Undergraduate students must be eligible to graduate the semester prior to the student teaching semester. You will still be considered for student teaching if you need to use student teaching credits to meet graduation requirements.

Is student teaching a full time semester?

Student teaching is an entire semester (15 weeks) of full-time, unpaid work in an actual classroom under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor. Student teachers must abide by the arrival and departure times of their assigned school, observe and teach the entire school day for the student teaching semester, be available for before and after school activities as required by the cooperating teacher, and participate in all professional activities throughout the school day and over the course of the semester.

Can I student teach where I went to school?

As a student teacher, you will not be placed in the high school from which you graduated, nor in any school in which members of your family work or attend classes.

Other Common Questions from Current Students

I am in the program but my GPA fell below the required GPA this semester. How does that affect my status in the Program?

While in the Program, if your GPA falls below the required 2.8 (3.0 starting February 2015), you will be placed in limbo. While in limbo, students may not apply for student teaching; however, they are sheltered from any changes in the program.  If a student teaching application has already been filed, students will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Director of the IEE Certification Program. Students in limbo will be provided 2 semesters to remediate their GPA.  If successful, students will be reclassified as “active.”  If unsuccessful, students will be declared Inactive.

Am I eligible for financial aid during my student teaching semester?

Students should contact Financial Aid directly to determine their eligibility and status.