Graduate Program

Graduate Program
Bilingual/Bicultural Certification Program

The endorsement program for bilingual/bicultural certification is designed for individuals who possess a New Jersey standard teaching certificate in a content area or elementary education and who wish to earn the bilingual/bicultural endorsement.

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A Standard New Jersey teaching license or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in a content area
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Holders of an English or foreign language teaching certificate should consult the program coordinator.

Exit Requirements

  • Successful completion of curriculum.
  • A score of Advanced Low or higher on the Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) and Written Proficiency Tests (WPT) in English and the language of instruction are required in order for students to receive their endorsement certification from the State of New Jersey.

Exams are the official tool of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and are administered by Language Testing International.

For more information and current prices visit www.languagetesting.com

Exception: Candidates for certification who establish themselves as a speaker of the target language who was primarily educated at the undergraduate or graduate level in that language, as determined by their submitted foreign evaluation transcript(s), will be exempt from taking the oral and written language proficiency tests (OPI & WPT) in their target language.

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ESL Certification Program

The endorsement program for English as a Second Language (ESL) certification is designed for individuals who possess a New Jersey standard teaching certificate in a content area or elementary education and who wish to become certified to teach English as a Second Language.

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A Standard New Jersey teaching license or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in a content area
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Holders of an English or foreign language teaching certificate should consult the program director.

Exit Requirements

  • Successful completion of curriculum.
  • A score of Advanced Low or higher on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Written Proficiency Test (WPT) in English is required in order for students to receive their endorsement certification from the State of New Jersey.

Exams are the official tool of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and are administered by Language Testing International.

For more information and current prices visit www.languagetesting.com

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning with a Concentration in Bilingual/ESL Education Program

This program focuses on developing advanced practitioners in the fields of bilingual education and English speakers of other languages (ESOL). As part of the full master’s degree program in education, the concentration stresses principles of inquiry, theory, professional applications, and research. Students who are New Jersey certified teachers may also pursue, with additional requirements, an endorsement as either bilingual and/or ESL teachers.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate that they can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may supplement their application with additional evidence in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the degree program)
  •  A Standard New Jersey teaching license or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in a content area. (Program directors have discretion to waive this requirement based on unique circumstances).
  • Participation and satisfactory completion of a group interview.

Exit Requirements:

  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations, including one three-credit course in the social sciences selected with advisement and six credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis.

 

  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.

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For further program information, contact Dr. Gladys Vega (Interim Program Coordinator) at vegag4@wpunj.edu.

For admission information, please visit the web site of the Office of Graduate Studies or call the office at (973) 720-2237.