Students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) since the start of the new fall semester can complete the requirements for teaching certification in New Jersey, while earning undergraduate degrees at NJIT. This new option is offered in cooperation with the urban education department at Rutgers University-Newark. The students will take content courses at NJIT and education credits from Rutgers. The New Jersey Department of Education approved the collaboration last month.
“There are many wonderful aspects to the program which is why we are looking forward to enrolling students,” said Fadi Deek, PhD, dean of College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) at NJIT. Deek has been a primary force behind the program. Subject areas in which NJIT students can receive middle and high school teaching certification include: English, language arts literacy, mathematics, biological science, earth science, physics, chemistry, physical science, science, social studies and technology education. NJIT students will not pay additional fees for these credits.
“The effort to strengthen the overall quality of education in general and of mathematics, science and technology education in particular, in New Jersey and the nation is a constant struggle,” said Deek. “Ongoing issues include inadequate funding, the quality of teacher training, and the lack of parental involvement. NJIT can play a positive role and contribute toward improving the situation.”
Deek noted that NJIT students have many opportunities to explore the role of scientific knowledge, discovery, method, and argument in courses satisfying both their general education requirements and majors. Most NJIT students receive first-hand experience working in teams to develop effective approaches to complex problems in mathematics, science and engineering. They are also enveloped in an environment of advanced technology and are able and willing to incorporate newly-developing educational methodologies and technologies into the curriculum.
“That’s why we are very happy to see this link established between our students and the formal educational system,” said Deek. “We think our students can play an important role in New Jersey schools.”
Students at NJIT receive an education that incorporates a sophisticated knowledge of subject matter, fosters high-level analytical thinking skills and helps them confront and analyze complex problems. The focus on such skills, plus the content areas of student interests helps develop an education program, Deek noted. For more information, contact James Lipuma, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-642-4743.