Undeclared Liberal Arts - Quest/Elementary Education


Program Outline

  1. Students must satisfy all core requirements and specific departmental requirements for their liberal arts/science major in order to be eligible for a B.A. or B.S. degree in their area of specialization. Students in the QUEST program must major in a liberal arts/science discipline and will take from 30 to 31 credits in education as free electives as undergraduates. No more than 15 credits in education, taken at the graduate level in the junior and senior years, may be applied as dual undergraduate and graduate credit.
  2. At the end of four years, students who have met all requirements will be eligible for a B.A. or B.S. degree and will have up to 15 credits toward their Master of Arts in Teaching degree (which requires a total of 36 credits). Typically students will complete their Apprenticeship (student) Teaching in the first semester of the fifth year. However, some students may accelerate their baccalaureate requirements and be eligible for apprenticeship teaching in the second semester of their fourth year. Upon completion of the Apprenticeship Teaching, students will have met eligibility requirements for teacher certification and will have 23 graduate credits toward the M.A.T. Students may decide to complete the remaining graduate courses leading to an M.A.T in the fifth year or thereafter, or to pursue only graduate-level courses to complete their teaching certification without a master’s degree. (A master’s degree is not required for certification in New Jersey.) A third option would be not to continue in the fifth year in the School of Education, and instead, pursue a master’s degree in a field other than education.
  3. New Jersey teacher certification requires that 6 credits be taken in behavioral sciences (sociology, anthropology or psychology); and 3 credits be taken in biology, physiology or health. The courses also may be taken to satisfy college core requirements (foundations and disciplinary perspectives) or the liberal arts /science required courses or electives.
  4. All QUEST students (education) are required to take the following as undergraduates: 30–31 credits in EDUC (education) courses as free electives; 6 credits in behavioral sciences; and 3 credits in biology, physiology or health.There also is a community service requirement that must be completed by the end of the junior year.
  5. Eligibility for graduate courses in education in the third and fourth years will require a 3.00 cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR).
  6. In order to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching program in five years, students may need to take courses in summer and winter sessions in years three through five, depending upon their particular liberal arts/science program requirements.
  7. In addition to required courses at the graduate level for the M.A.T. program, students may choose electives from one area of specialization, i.e., English as a Second Language (ESL), special education, instructional technology; or they may choose a variety of electives from those listed. It is recommended that students seeking dual teacher certification focus their graduate electives in a specific area of certification for their second certificate.

Program Sequence

(Note: All students follow course sequence in years one and two and specialize in elementary or secondary education in years three, four and five.) Registration in all courses and any substitutions require the adviser’s approval. Sequence may vary depending on adviser’s recommendation.

Elementary Education - Teaneck Campus

General Education Requirements (53 credits)

 College Competencies (24 credits)
                        ENWR1101   Academic Writing
                        ENWR1102   Academic Research & Writing
                        Speech/Professional Communication
                        Quantitative Analysis
                        MATH1101      Comprehensive Math
                        Math or Technology or Statistics
                        Ethical and Moral Analysis:
                        Scientific Analysis
 Liberal Arts Distribution  (21 credits)
                        Language
                        Social and Behavioral Sciences 
                        PSYC1101    General Psychology
                        PSYC2204    Child Development (or)
                        PSYC3305    Adolescent Growth & Dev
                        Art and Culture
                        Humanities
 University Requirements (8 credits)
                        UNIV1001   Transitioning to University Life
                        UNIV1002   Preparing for Professional Life
                        UNIV2001   Cross-cultural Perspectives 
                        UNIV2002   Global Issues

Major Requirements (____ credits)
Free Electives (____ credits)
Elementary Education Courses (30 credits)

Year 1

EDUC1108   Seminar in Professional Practice I
EDUC2401    Field Experience I

Year 2

EDUC2209   Seminar in Professional Practice II
EDUC2402   Field Experience II
EDUC3309   Seminar in Professional Practice III

Year 3

EDUC3403   Field Experience III
EDUC6618*  Language Dev & Literacy I
EDUC6619*  Language Dev & Literacy II

Year 4

EDUC3404    Field Experience IV
EDUC6820*  Problem-Based Strats in Elem Edu
EDUC6893*  Evaluation and Measurement in Education
EDUC7763*  Human Relations and Conflict Resolution

* Graduate Education Courses

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Up to 6 credits from the major and 6 credits from the minor may be applied toward the General Education requirements

Initial Certification

Students must satisfy all core requirements and specific departmental requirements for their liberal arts/science major in order to be eligible for a baccalaureate degree. Students in the QUEST Program must major in a liberal arts/science discipline and will complete 30-31 credits as a concentration in elementary or secondary education. Fifteen of the 30-31 education credits are “dual” credits that count toward the completion of both the BA/BS and the MAT degree. No more than 15 dual credits may be taken as an undergraduate and these are completed during a student’s junior and senior years. A minimum of 122 credits are required to complete the BS degree. Certain programs require more than 128 credits for the degree. Students who are unable to complete the required courses as undergraduates will complete them in year 5, or additional time, if needed. QUEST students who complete 15 graduate credits in their undergraduate program must complete a minimum of an additional 21 graduate credits (total of 36 graduate credits) to earn their Masters degree. All Students enrolled in QUEST must meet at least annually with their QUEST advisor to plan for and review FDU program requirements as well as state certification requirements. Students who have not taken a biology, hygiene, physiology or substance abuse course must take the State approved Health Examination to fulfill this certification requirement. Prior to Apprenticeship Teaching, a passing score on the Praxis is required.

QUEST Fifth Year Course Outline Elementary Certification Track

EDUC6743     Introduction to Students with Disabilities School/Community (3)
EDUC6575     Apprenticeship Teaching (6)*
EDUC6825     Apprenticeship Teaching Seminar (2)
EDUC7812     Final Project (2)
Electives per advisors recommendation (8)

* Students must pass the appropriate PRAXIS exam (s) before taking apprenticeship teaching.

During year five, students completing the MAT Degree program may choose electives from one area of specialization, (i.e., ESL, special education, instructional technology); or they may chose from a variety of areas from an approved list subject to approval of the advisor. Students specializing in secondary education may choose up to 6 elective credits. Students seeking dual teacher certification should focus their electives in a specific certification area in addition to their area of specialization.

Students admitted to QUEST in their sophomore year will begin their education specialization courses at the graduate level in the second semester of their junior year. Eligibility for graduate courses in education in Years 3 & 4 will be based upon the following criteria: 3.0 cum GPA, competencies demonstrated by portfolio assessments, and recommendation of faculty advisor.

In order to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching program in 5 years or less, some students may need to take courses in summer and winter sessions in Years 2-5 depending upon their particular program requirements and approval of their QUEST and Liberal Arts/Science advisors.

QUEST students may attend the study abroad program at FDU Wroxton, England in their junior or senior years. Students admitted to QUEST in their sophomore year should plan to attend Wroxton in their senior year unless an appropriate sequence of courses may be planned with the advisor for attendance at Wroxton in their junior year.

Middle School Endorsement: (For those holding elementary certification)
Those individuals desiring to teach on the middle school level (5, 6, 7 and 8) must qualify for elementary school certification with subject matter specialization. In order to do so, the following requirements must be met according to N.J.A.C. 6A:9-92(b)

  1. Hold an elementary school Certificate of Eligibility (CE), Certificate of Eligibility with advanced standing (CEAS) or standard certificate with an elementary school endorsement;
  2. Complete study in the characteristics of young adolescents (e.g., PSYC3305 Adolescent Growth & Development);
  3. Pass the appropriate state test in content area specialization for middle school;
  4. Complete a coherent sequence of courses in , but not limited to, one of the following specializations:
    • 30 credits in a single New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) subject field;
    • 15 credits in the subject fields of mathematics, science, social studies and language arts/literacy;