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ESL and Bilingual Urban Education, B.A.

This P-12 certification allows teachers to instruct in dual languages— a high priority for schools across the state of New Jersey.

About

Rutgers-Newark (RU-N) is the only university in New Jersey to offer an ESL and Bilingual Education degree at the undergraduate level.  The RU-N Department of Urban Education develops and mentors justice-oriented educators who practice culturally relevant teaching and linguistic equity.  These ideals are deeply entwined with the Rutgers University-Newark’s mission as an anchor institution and the valuing of individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, disabled and multi-national backgrounds.  

  • All Rutgers-Newark students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits for a Bachelor’s Degree. The 46-credit ESL and Bilingual Urban Education, B.A., major works in conjunction with the General Education Core Curriculum graduation requirements similar to all other majors in the School of Arts and Sciences-Newark.  

    In addition to selecting a major, all RU-N students are required to enroll in a second concentration.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to major or minor in an approved content area (e.g. English, Social Studies, Sciences, Math, or World Language) for a second concentration in order to receive an additional teaching certification and demonstrate content mastery.  Taking an additional 15+ credits (e.g. declaring a minor) in a content area will make students eligible for a content specific middle school specialization endorsement.  Taking an additional 30 credits (e.g. declaring a major) will make students eligible for a K-12 content area initial teacher certification.

    The Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark is granted CAEP accreditation at the initial licensure level for October 23, 2022 — December 31, 2028.

  • Beginning: Cluster I

    • Jump Start Seminar (1 credit, 21:300:100). This is for students who want to become a teacher and have not taken and/or passed the Praxis Core.
    • Social Foundations in Urban Education (3 credits, 21:300:292) *General Education Course
    • Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Urban Experience (3 credits, 21:300:295) *General Education Course
    • Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students (3 credits, 21:300:298) *General Education Course
    • Intro to ESL Education (3 credits, 21:300:495/26:300:510) OR Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3 credits, 21:300:490/26:300:511)

    Students desiring teacher certification should complete the program application before these courses are complete.  Students are not able to move to Cluster II until they have met the Basic Skills Requirement. 

    Intermediate: Cluster II

    • Language and Culture (3 credits, 21:300:491/26:300:592)
    • Principles of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition (3 credits, 21:300:492/26:300:513)
    • Culturally Responsive Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits, 21:300:390)
    • ESL Methodology K-12 (3 credits, 21:300:493/26:300/514)
    • Foundations of Language and Literacy (3 credits, 21:300:494/26:300:515)

    Degree Completion and Certification: Cluster III

    • Clinical Practice I (3 credits, 21:300:419)
    • Clinical Practice I Seminar (3 credits, 21:300:418)
    • Clinical Practice II (9 credits, 21:300:488)
    • Clinical Practice II Seminar (3 credits, 21:300:487)
    • Seminar in Critical Writing (1 credit, 21:300:378)
    • NJDOE Basic Skills Requirements (provided in the required Jump Start seminar to support students with the Praxis Core assessment)
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in the student’s major
    • Completed application
  • For information on certification requirements, Praxis, endorsements, job opportunities, and clinical placements, please visit our certification website.

     

  • Many of our students successfully transfer to Rutgers-Newark and the Department of Urban Education from other colleges and universities. Below please find a complete list of transfer information, including a list of approved courses and programs.

     

    NJIT Transfer Information

    Certification Area Major at RU-N Major at NJIT
    Bilingual/Bicultural Education (co-certificate) ESL & Bilingual Urban Education N/A
    Biological Science Biology Biology
    Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry, Biochemistry
    Earth Science Geology or Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences
    English English Communication and Media
    English as a Second Language ESL & Bilingual Urban Education N/A
    Mathematics Mathematics, Applied Mathematics Mathematical Sciences
    Physical Science Physics or Chemistry Applied Physics
    Physics Physics Applied Physics
    Portuguese Portuguese N/A

    Social Studies 

    *Requires minimum 15 credits in history

    History, Political Science, Africana Studies, Sociology History or Science, Technology, & Society
    Spanish Spanish N/A
    Technology Education N/A Technology Education

    Transfer Courses

    College Course # Course Name RU-N Urban Ed Course # RU-N Urban Ed Course Name
    Bergen Community College EDU 100 Foundations of Multicultural Education 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students
    Bergen Community College EDU 102 Inclusion and the Exceptional Child 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Bergen Community College EDU 201 Principles and Practices in Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Bergen Community College PSY 103 Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Bergen Community College PSY 202 Psychology of Adolescence 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology 
    Community College of Morris EDU 111 Teaching in America 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Community College of Morris PSY 217 Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Community College of Morris PSY 116 Psychology and Education of the Disabled 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Essex County College EDU 101 Introduction to Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Essex County College EDU 103 Philosophy and History of Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Essex County College EDU 201 Education in the Urban Environment 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Essex County College EDU 203 Children with Special Needs 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Essex County College PSY 220 Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Hudson County Community College PSY 270 Psychology of Teaching and Learning 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Hudson County Community College EDU 211 Foundations of American Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Hudson County Community College SED 290 Introduction to Special Education 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Middlesex County College EDU 121 Introduction to Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Middlesex County College EDU 123 Introduction to Special Education and Exceptional Youth 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Middlesex County College PSY 223 Child Psychology: Infancy through Adolescence 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Middlesex County College PSY 226 Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Middlesex County College PSY 255 Adolescent Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Montclair State University EDFD 221 Historical Foundations of American Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Passaic County Community College EDU 200 Historical/Philosophical Foundations of American Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Passaic County Community College EDU 293 Including the Exceptional Child 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students
    Passaic County Community College PS 102 Human Growth and Development 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Raritan Valley Community College EDUC 212 Foundations of Education 21:300:292 
    Raritan Valley Community College ECHD 181 Child Growth and Development 21:300:295
    Raritan Valley Community College PSYC 216 Child Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Raritan Valley Community College PSYC 229 Adolescent Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Union County College EDU 205  Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Union County College PSY 205 Child Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Union County College PSY 206 Adolescent Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology

    Degree and Certification Options

    Two Year Institution Degree/Certification Offering
    Bergen Community College

    Education, AS

    *Designed for transfer to a four-year program with Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, or Secondary Education

    Community College of Morris Early Childhood, AS
    Essex County College

    Physical Education, AS

    Education, AA

    *Set to be generalist educator to transfer to any other education specialization

    Child Development, Cert.

    Hudson County Community College

    Early Childhood, AA

    Early Childhood, AAS

    Infant/Toddler Ed, AA

    Middlesex County College

    Physical Education, AA

    Education Transfer, AS

    *pass Praxis CORE to graduate

    Passaic County Community College

    Early Childhood, AA

    Early Childhood, AAS

    Early Childhood, Cert.

    Raritan Valley Community College

    Early Childhood, AAS

    Early Childhood, Cert.

    Early Childhood, STEM

    Education P-12, AA

    Union County College

    Education (4-12), AA

    Early Childhood (PreK-3), AA

     

     

    For additional information: NJTransfer Website

  • To declare a major and apply to the program:

    • Schedule an appointment with the Program Coordinator, Debby.Romero@rutgers.edu.
    • Complete the major declaration form and submit to the Program Coordinator (after the initial meeting)
    • Complete the departmental application, which includes the following:
      • Writing sample from 21:300:292 course
      • Unofficial transcript
      • Score reports demonstrating Basic Skills competency
  • Please visit the admissions website for Rutgers-Newark and apply today!  Or join us for a Department of Urban Education online information session.

    For all other inquiries, please contact us at eslba.urbaned@newark.rutgers.edu.

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