Introductory Practicum

Educational Psychology (PSY 307)

Seminar on Student Learning and Methods of Teaching (TPP 301)

Seminar on Education: Theory and Practice (TPP 401)

Practice Teaching (TPP 402)

Note: to receive certification, no grade below a B- can be received in Program classes.

Introductory Practicum: the Practicum is scheduled individually for each student and consists of two site-based observations of teachers and two accompanying discussion sessions.  It is completed before beginning Program coursework.

Educational Psychology (PSY 307): this course focuses on the fundamental principles of psychology relevant to educational theory and practice.  The course is taken during the junior or senior year.

Seminar on Learning and Teaching (TPP 301): this is a full-credit course that includes a laboratory component and a school-based practicum designed with the objective of preparing students to step into the classroom and begin their practice teaching.  The seminar is taken in the fall or spring semester prior to practice teaching.

Seminar on Education (TPP 401): this course allows students to consider issues in education and their impact on schools, to examine current philosophies of teaching and successful classroom practices, and to explore instructional goals and rubrics appropriate for assessing student work. The seminar is taken in the same semester as Practice Teaching.

Practice Teaching (also called "Student Teaching")  (TPP 402): this is a full-time teaching experience in a local middle or secondary school under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and a University supervisor.

The State of New Jersey requires that candidates for teacher certification fulfill General Education requirements, which are satisfied by Princeton University distribution requirements, except for the Fine Arts requirement, which may be satisfied by taking a course in creative writing, dance, film, music, visual arts and selected courses from the Department of Art and Archaeology.

Subject Area Certification: eight courses in the area of certification (Art, English, Mathematics, Music, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Psychology Endorsement), at least three of which must be 300-level courses or higher). Courses must be graded (i.e. not PDF). Two courses taken at another four-year accredited college may be included. If the grade for the course is below a C-, the course may not be counted toward the certificate.

Portfolio: a collection of artifacts and evidence gathered throughout the program along with written reflections to document the student’s progress, evaluated twice ( once before beginning TPP 402 and later at a second defense of the portfolio at the completion of TPP402)

Test for Health Education: administered through the Program for Teacher Preparation or satisfied by any college biology or AP Biology course.