About the Program

Bloomfield College offers a fast-paced weekend program that you can complete in as little as 18 months to prepare for initial teacher certification in early childhood education, elementary education, middle or secondary education. Alternatively, if you already have an initial teaching certification, you can enroll in a fast-track program to obtain an endorsement in special education or early childhood education. 

For the initial teacher certification, you would attend class for three trimesters and complete your student teaching assignment during the day in your final semester.

When are courses available?
Courses are available on Friday evening and all day Saturday. You can also enroll in courses during weekday evenings.

Four Traditional Post Baccalaureate Teacher Education Programs

If you have a B.A. or B.S. degree, you can enroll in one of our four Initial Teacher Certification Programs to become certified to teach in the state of New Jersey:

  • Early Childhood Education (Preschool through 3rd grade)
  • Elementary Education (Kindergarten through 5th grade)
  • Elementary with Subject Matter Specialization (Kindergarten through 8th grade)
  • Secondary  Education – Subject Matter (High School – 9th through 12th grade)

Two Endorsement Programs

For applicants who currently have an initial  teaching certification, we offer two endorsement certification programs, one in  special education and one in early childhood education:

  • Special Education Endorsement (Kindergarten through grade 12): This program provides holders of an initial teaching certificate to become dually certified in the grade level and/or subject area of their current New Jersey teacher certification. The program consists of a five and a half course sequence that qualifies you for Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) Endorsement.
  • Early Childhood Education (Preschool through 3rd grade): The P-3 alternate route certification program is for elementary certified teachers and teachers employed in community early childhood settings. This program is a three-and-a-half course sequence that will assist in completing the requirements for the early childhood teaching certificate.

Apply now online or download the PDF application.

P-3
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Initial certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Elementary with Subject Matter Specialization (Middle School), Secondary/Subject Areas, Fast-Track P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) 1 Must have 15 credits in any of the following: English, History, Science, or Mathematics. 2 Must have 30 credits in any of the following: Art, English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, or Mathematics. 3 Students may also choose the option of P-3 certification with additional course work. Field placements will vary.
Elementary
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Initial certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Elementary with Subject Matter Specialization (Middle School), Secondary/Subject Areas, Fast-Track P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) 1 Must have 15 credits in any of the following: English, History, Science, or Mathematics. 2 Must have 30 credits in any of the following: Art, English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, or Mathematics. 3 Students may also choose the option of P-3 certification with additional course work. Field placements will vary.
Elementary with Subject Matter Specialization 1,3
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Initial certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Elementary with Subject Matter Specialization (Middle School), Secondary/Subject Areas, Fast-Track P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) 1 Must have 15 credits in any of the following: English, History, Science, or Mathematics. 2 Must have 30 credits in any of the following: Art, English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, or Mathematics. 3 Students may also choose the option of P-3 certification with additional course work. Field placements will vary.
Secondary/Subject Areas 2
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Initial certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Elementary with Subject Matter Specialization (Middle School), Secondary/Subject Areas, Fast-Track P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) 1 Must have 15 credits in any of the following: English, History, Science, or Mathematics. 2 Must have 30 credits in any of the following: Art, English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, or Mathematics. 3 Students may also choose the option of P-3 certification with additional course work. Field placements will vary.
Specialized P-3
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The Specialized P-3 program for holders of Certificates of Eligibility to Teach P-3 or Elementary certification requires the following courses:
Certification For Teachers of Students with Disabilities
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The Certification for Teachers of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) for holders of any N.J. Instructional certification requires the following courses: