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Message from the Assistant Dean of Teacher Education

We in the Teacher Education and Certification Program at Ramapo College of New Jersey, accredited by the nationally recognized Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), prepare caring, confident teachers to work in both secondary and elementary settings. In this era of assessment and accountability, the Teacher Education Program ensures that candidates enter the profession conversant in policy, pedagogy, and methodology, creating connections to theoretical principles of teaching through field experiences and real-world examples.

TEAC accreditation allows program faculty to be involved in curricular, policy, and assessment initiatives and helps us model the skills, knowledge, and attributes we feel are necessary to be successful educators. The TEAC process allows us to be reflective of the teaching/learning process – to celebrate and expand on successful program components and to investigate potential solutions where issues may exist. This process requires input from a variety of sources, including feedback from in-program candidates and program alumni. Data collection, both quantitative and qualitative, assists us in our continued efforts to deliver a quality program through this reflective process.

“Here in Clifton, we are very pleased to partner with the Teacher Education Program of Ramapo College.”

– Dr. Ira Oustatcher
Asst. Superintendent of Schools, Clifton, NJ

“The Teacher Education Program at Ramapo College is an example of excellence in educational training.”

– Nancy B. Drabik
Principal, Memorial School, Montvale, NJ

One of the unique characteristics of the Teacher Education and Certification Program at Ramapo College is the Behaviors of Caring Educators (BCE) component embedded in and threaded through the program. It is our belief that content knowledge and pedagogical skill are absolutely essential to becoming a successful teacher. Without the ability to demonstrate caring, for subject matter, methodology, and the lives of our individual students, however, true teaching cannot occur.
In addition to the undergraduate programs in Elementary and Secondary (Content Area) certification, Ramapo also offers a Masters in Educational Leadership (to prepare district administrators) and a Master of Science in Educational Technology. In addition, a Masters in Special Education for elementary teachers has been proposed and has been submitted to the State of New Jersey for approval.

Having taught in and administered education programs in settings throughout the US and overseas, I am excited to begin my work at RCNJ and look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and the K-12 community to ensure the continued success of the Teacher Education and Certification Program.

Mission Statement

The Ramapo College of New Jersey Educator Preparation Program (Teacher Education) is committed to the preparation of educators who are highly competent in their academic disciplines and highly effective in their instructional and/or administrative skills. Our program, aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers, prepares candidates at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate levels to be educators who model reflective, innovative teaching behaviors while demonstrating dedication to and enthusiasm for life-long learning. The Educator Preparation Program at Ramapo College seeks to ensure that candidates are prepared to communicate effectively, establish productive relationships, and respond to the needs of individual learners. The program emphasizes the development of well-rounded and well-prepared educators who understand the profound impact of education in a democratic society, who strive to engage with all learners in a fair, compassionate, and productive manner, and who respect the dignity and diversity of all people. (updated January 24, 2018)

Summaries of the Teacher Education and Certification Program and its performance are available to the public and can be found on the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) webpage and the Title II webpage:

Richard Russo
Director, Clinical Partnerships and Placements
Phone: (201) 684-7899
Office: E-222

Joanne Caselli
TE Certification Officer
Phone: (201) 684-7626
Office: E-234

Ashley Restaino
Program Accreditation and Assessment Coordinator
Phone: (201) 684-7319
Office: E225

Jessica Drukker
Program Assistant
Phone: (201) 684-7050
Office: E-219


Teacher Education and Certification Program Contact Information:

Office: E-231
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (201) 684-7050
Fax: (201) 684-7983