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Why Middle School Certification?

This program is ideal for teachers and candidates for New Jersey Certification who want to broaden their job prospects. Both Elementary and High School teachers can become qualified to teach Middle School. This endorsement also offers certified teachers the opportunity to become highly qualified in Mathematics, Science, English/Language Arts, and Social Studies at the Middle School Level.


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Ramapo College Middle School Certification

This Certificate Program is open to all RCNJ teacher education students and working teachers interested in the middle school endorsement. The courses may be taken during the regular semesters, summer sessions I and II, winter session and online, see Academic Calendars.

To earn the RCNJ Middle School Certificate, students are required to take:

  • PSYC 347 Adolescent Psychology
  • Two seminars focused on issues critical to middle school teaching:
    First seminar: Wednesday, June 8th at 4:00 p.m. in room E-213

Upon completion of the above, a Certificate from the Teacher Education and Certification Program is awarded to students for their employment portfolios and is noted on their transcripts. Guidance is provided for students to successfully apply to the state of New Jersey for the Middle School endorsement once their certification program is complete.

Mission of Teacher Education and Certification Program

The Ramapo College of New Jersey Teacher Education and Certification Program is committed to the preparation of teachers who are highly competent in their academic disciplines and instructional skills. Our program, aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers, and nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) prepares students at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate level to be teachers who model reflective, innovative behavior while demonstrating love and enthusiasm for life-long learning. The Teacher Education and Certification Program at Ramapo College seeks to ensure that teachers are prepared to communicate effectively, establish productive relationships, and respond to the needs of individual learners, the teaching profession, and the greater community in a fair, equitable manner. Finally, our program emphasizes the needs of a democratic society. We are preparing teachers to be leaders in the effort to make the world a safer, more compassionate, and more productive place where respect for all life, for our environment, and for the dignity and diversity of all people will be common priorities.


For Coursework Content Information, contact:

Joanne Caselli
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 684-7626

For Application and Registration/Payment Information about Ramapo College certificate and continuing education programs administered through the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning, please contact:


Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (A-216)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 684-7370
Fax: (201) 684-7277