College of Education and Human Services

Teacher Certification

The Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) program is an intensive, 18 credit online program intended for professionals seeking teacher certification.  The CEAS program is guided by state and national standards and is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to meet the changing landscape of today’s classrooms.

The program is a year in length and combines online course learning with a Clinical Practice and Seminar experience.  Students will receive individual advisement throughout the program and upon completion will be qualified for an Advanced Certificate of Eligibility for the New Jersey Instructional License as an elementary or secondary teacher.  

How to Apply
For more information and specific application procedures, please contact Diana Minakakis, Director of Graduate Admissions, College of Education and Human Services, at or (973) 275-2824.

Candidates are admitted to the program on an ongoing basis after careful screening of application documents and personal interviews with the finalists.
Additional Required Documents/Criteria
Formal admission to graduate studies is necessary to enter the CEAS program. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • One copy of all official transcripts conferring completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree program in an appropriate field from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0*; Seton Hall University offers a special program to make up for an unsatisfactory GPA
  • 15 to 30 credits are required for specialty areas; 60 liberal arts credits required for K-5 teachers
  • A passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam(s)
  • A resume
  • A personal statement of goals
  • A structured interview

    * Please note, the NJ Department of Education has recently established some new and additional criteria for entering teacher education programs. Specifically, applicants beginning this coming Fall semester will need to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.     


EDST 6421Child and Adolescent Development & Diversity3
EDST 6422Classroom Curriculum, Planning & Organization3
EDST 6425Assessment of Student Learning3
EDST 6426Clinical Practice & Seminar3

Select two 3-credit courses below based on your specialization:

EDST 6411Elementary Math & Science Methods3
EDST 6412Secondary Math & Science Methods3
EDST 6423Elementary Literacy & Social Studies Methods3
EDST 6424Secondary Literacy & Social Studies Methods3

You may apply the 18 credits awarded for the CEAS program toward an M.A. in Education. The M.A. course of study is flexible and may be structured to meet individual, certification, and professional needs. The programs reflect current good practice in education and are guided by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. They are constantly evolving as new ideas, pedagogies, and technologies develop and emerge.

The following M.A. programs are currently available:
  • Instructional Design & Technology (18 additional credits - includes IT certificate)
  • School Library Media Specialist (24 additional credits - includes NJ certification)
  • Special Education (21 additional credits – includes Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsements)

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