The recommended four-year plan is designed to provide a blueprint for students to complete their degrees within four years. These plans are the recommended sequences of courses. Students must meet with their Major Advisor to develop a more individualized plan to complete their degree. This plan assumes that no developmental courses are required. If developmental courses are needed, students may have additional requirements to fulfill which are not listed in the plan.
NOTE: This recommended Four-Year Plan is applicable to students admitted into the major during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Total Credits Required: 128 credits
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Additional Information Regarding Course Sequencing
Writing Intensive (WI) requirements will be met through the following six courses: CRWT 102, AIID 201, INTD 101, and three EDUC courses TBD in Fall 2017.
Ideally, students should be fully admitted into the program by the end of their first year at Ramapo. Transfer students should be admitted by preregistration date of their first semester on campus. Students should be directed early to the TE program for admissions requirements.
Students must be fully admitted into TE program before registering for EDUC 222.
EDUC 211 will require a clinical experience (CE) in an urban setting.
EDUC 222 will require a clinical experience (CE) of 20 hours.
EDUC 346 will require a clinical experience (CE) of 20 hours.
EDUC 360 will require a clinical experience (CE) of 60 hours in a clinical setting.
The urban and special education clinical experiences are required by the State of New Jersey for recommendation to certification. It is recommended to not take EDUC 211 in the same semester as EDUC 222, as drive time to/from the clinical placement may create scheduling issues with other courses.
EDUC 222 is a prerequisite to EDUC 360.
State regulations require a minimum of 50 clinical experience hours prior to the completion of clinical practice hours (see below). RCNJ students will complete a minimum of 100 clinical experience hours.
New regulations will require students to have either 6 credits of Special Education, or the equivalent, to be eligible for certification upon completion of the TE Program (and, hence, for the Elementary Education Major). Ramapo College will fulfill this requirement by continuing to require EDUC 360, a 4 credit course, and will fulfill the remaining 2 credit equivalent by requiring students complete a minimum of 60 hours of fieldwork while enrolled in the course. These hours will satisfy the requirement of both the mandated Special Education fieldwork experience and the 2 credit equivalent associated with the 4 credit course.
Methods courses will only be offered during fall semester. Elementary Education methods courses are co-requisite only.
State mandates, as of Fall 2018, will require one full year of Clinical Practice (CP) on a Fall-Spring model. In the first semester, students must complete 180 hours of clinical practice requirements; in the spring they must complete 525 hours of clinical practice (current Student Teaching semester). Clinical Practice (CP) courses require 45 hours per course required in K-12 schools. These Fall-only courses are co-requisite courses.
This major has enough space built-in that students could elect to complete a middle school endorsement within the 4 years to graduation and certification. Students need only 15 credits in a particular content area (language arts, science, social studies, or math), PSCY 347 (Adolescent Psychology), 2 on-campus non-credit seminars, and passage of the appropriate middle school content Praxis examination to earn a middle school endorsement.
Required courses for Elementary Education Major and suggested additional courses for the Middle School Endorsements are:
- Language Arts:
- Required: LITR 302, 304 OR 306 AND LITR 279, 308 OR 290 (by permit only)
- Suggested: LITR 201 or LITR 203 (choose one), and LITR 244
- Required: BIOL 101 and New Science content course SCIN 2XX
- Suggested: ENSC 103, PHYS 103, GEOL 105 (choose two)
- Required: MATH 108 and New Math content course, MATH 2XX
- Suggested: MATH 104 , MATH 106
- Social Studies:
- Required: HIST Gen Ed., SOSC 101 and 235,
- Plus: One additional social studies course from the following contents AMST, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, INST, POLI, and/or SOCI
If students take any required courses during the summer, spaces during the academic year could be filled in with courses toward the completion of a minor. Students should check with their advisor on this possibility and plan accordingly.