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Elementary Education (Teacher Certification Program)


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

McBride House 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

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About Elementary Education (Teacher Certification Program)

Are you interested in teaching but are unsure what major to choose?

The Elementary Education Program prepares teachers from a variety of majors to become K-5 educators. We strongly recommend that you major in content areas that are related to what you will teach every day in an elementary classroom—mathematics, literature, science, and social studies. We also recommend considering combined majors such as American Studies and Integrated Science Studies, as these majors give students a breadth of content across a variety of subject areas.

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Career Opportunities

Graduate Opportunities:

Ramapo has three specific programs geared toward teaching professionals and furthering your career options:

  • The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • The Master of Science in Educational Technology
  • The Master of Arts in Special Education

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education$52,600 - $99,020
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education$53,620 - $99,320
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School$51,670 - $97,710

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

The Teacher Education Program has a specific partnership with PS 28 in Paterson as one option for students interested in becoming elementary teachers. This course and experience focuses on introducing our students to a variety of reading and writing strategies and then implementing those with PS 28 students.

In addition, we place students in a variety of schools to complete the requirements of Literacy Theory and Practice.

Your final hands-on experience will be student teaching for a semester. Ramapo has many connections to assist in student teaching placement in the Bergen County area, but also encourages students to conduct their student teaching in a district closer to their hometown if they wish.