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Centenary University offers teacher certification for tomorrow’s teachers in Biology, English, History, Mathematics, Social Studies, K-6 Elementary School, Preschool - Grade 3, and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (Special Education). Centenary University is known for its innovative approach to teaching special education methodologies to tomorrow's teachers.  We were one of the first institutions with education programs in New Jersey to provide a dual certification program for general education and special education candidates.

It’s also possible to earn additional certifications in Middle School Language Arts, Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Social Studies, and Middle School Science.

Once you are admitted to the program, we work with you to ensure your success at Centenary and support continues when you become an educator.

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Earn both your General Education Certificate and Your Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement (Special Education) with our Innovative Special Education Program
The Special Education program is designed to prepare you to work effectively in support and inclusive settings with children and youth with disabilities and their families. We offer an approach that prepares you with an understanding of the foundations and current issues in special education, including federal and state rules and regulations.

Our graduates can effectively use assessment data to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate individualized instruction for students with disabilities. You will learn how to adapt and modify instruction and design accommodations to promote success for students with disabilities in special and inclusive settings.

Future teachers learn how to work in collaboration with families, community members, general education teachers, and other professionals who work with students with disabilities.
The learning approach is heavily hands-on and crosses-over into general education so that you understand how all children learn in their different learning styles.

Our program prepares you to think critically and act responsibly as professionals within the changing field of special education.

Centenary graduates are highly sought after as Special Education Teachers. Of you recent graduates, 40% have their first position as a special education teacher. (The average for the 24 programs across New Jersey is 10%.)


To become a teacher, you take courses in two areas –education courses and content courses.

At Centenary, your content courses are designed to provide the information you need to become an effective teacher in your certification area. For example, prospective high school social studies teachers take a wide range of History, Economics, Sociology, and other courses relevant to becoming a social studies teacher. For teaching any high school subject, you must take a minimum of 30 credits in that subject area with 12 credits at an advanced level. Prospective elementary school teachers take a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts courses in English, History, Mathematics, and Sciences to give you a broad understanding of the material you will teach in a K-6 classroom.

Your education courses provide you with the means to teach the information you learned in your content courses. The courses are primarily understanding the development of school age students and methods for teaching them both in the general education classroom and the special education classroom.

The link to the University Catalog below can provide you with a course of study that matches your goal in becoming a teacher. Click Here

Clinical Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an integral part of Centenary’s Education Program. From your first class in your first year through your final year, you will be working with students in various ways. Every education course in the program has a fieldwork component whether it be tutoring, completing a case study, designing and developing an educational game in a classroom, or teaching an entire class. Your fieldwork experience culminates with your Clinical Experience (formerly known as Practicum) and your Clinical Internship (formerly known as Student Teaching). During your final year, you are placed a school at which you will complete a year-long placement. You are mentored by highly effective teachers and a clinical supervisor who has spent many years in school as a teacher, supervisor, and administrator. This experience provides you with a solid background to acquire your first teaching job.

You complete Clinical Experience in your next to last semester and Clinical Internship in your last semester. For your Clinical Fieldwork, you can apply to school districts within a 60 minute radius of Centenary. We’ve developed a network of over 80 school districts that work closely with us to ensure your success.