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Resources for Deaf Education/Elementary Education Students

5-Year Course Sequences

5-Year Course Sequences by Second Major and

Deaf Education Undergraduate Audit Sheet

Important Scheduling Information

Important scheduling information

Liberal Learning Requirements

Four courses required for the Deaf Education major also fulfill some Liberal Learning requirements. These courses are as follows:

  • RAL 225, WGS 225, ECE 102 or LIT 310 covers the Liberal Learning Literary Requirement
  • SPE 203 covers the Liberal Learning Social Science Requirement
  • US History course for Liberal Learning History Requirement
  • MAT 105 or 106 for Liberal Learning Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

To fulfill both TCNJ’s Liberal Learning requirement and State teacher certification requirements students must also take:

  1. a Visual or Performing Arts (VPA) course. This course should be an art, music or theater class and not a literature course. Students in most second majors should consider taking a course with a global or gender. perspective.
  2. a US History. Students in most second majors should consider taking a course with a global or gender.

Coursework must also fulfill the College’s Civic Responsibility Requirements of Community Engaged Learning, Gender, and Global Perspectives. (The Race and Ethnicity requirement has been waived for education students). These requirements can be met through courses (including elective courses), programs, or sustained experiences. Consider trying to meet some of these requirements through your VPA and US History Liberal Learning courses. Many FSP Seminars cover some of these Civic Responsibility requirements.

Below is specific information by second major.

BiologyTake MAT 105 or MAT 106
EnglishInstead of taking RAL 225, WGS 225 or ECE 102 you should take LIT 310
HistoryTake a US history course as part of your history major.
Math or iSTEMMath majors take MAT 105; iSTEM majors should consult an adviser
SociologyIn addition to taking MAT 105 or MAT 106, you will need to take STA 115 or STA 215
PsychologySPE 203 will count as a Psychology option


Course Load

First year undergraduates take four courses/semester. In order to graduate on time, most Deaf Education students take five courses/semester for two or three semester, and/or take summer courses, and/or transfer in acceptable courses from another college. PAWS will not permit a student to register for more than 4.5 units. To take 5 classes, students must have a GPA of 3.3 or higher, have earned a minimum of 8 course units at TCNJ, and have permission of their adviser. Students who meet these requirements will be allowed to enroll in five classes. Freshmen and new transfer students are not allowed to enroll in over 4.5 course units.

Applying for Graduation

Students must apply for graduation using PAWS and submit the Conferment of Degree form. There are three graduation times each school year: May, August and December. May applications are due in January, August applications are due in February, and December applications are due in September. There is a graduation fee which students must submit. Students who apply after the application deadline will be charged a late fee. Students must apply, as appropriate in their course of study, for the bachelor’s degree and then for the master’s of arts in teaching. Undergraduates attend the graduation ceremony of the their respective second major; graduate level students attend the SELL Department graduation ceremony.

Graduate Application

In order for the college to transition a student from undergraduate to graduate status, the student must complete the graduate application during the last semester of undergraduate study. To be eligible for the graduate program students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have earned a minimum of 32 undergraduate course units, and have fulfilled all requirements of both majors and of the Liberal Learning Program. It is a student’s responsibility to apply for admission to the graduate portion of the program. When completing the online application choose admit type “graduate matriculation” then choose ” MAT Deaf/ELEM (5 Year Program)”. When asked for previous school attended, put TCNJ. This online application should be filed by: March 1st for Summer or Fall admission to the graduate portion of the course of study; October 15th for January admission to the graduate portion of the course of study. Students do not need to do the following parts of the application process:

  • letters of recommendation
  • fees
  • transcripts
  • resumes
  • GRE exam
  • essay

Information on applying for graduate level Student Teaching/Internship II

The STEP Office holds a pre-Student Teaching meeting toward the end of the Fall semester. This meeting is for any student who expects to student teach in the following academic year. Applications for Student Teaching are completed over the winter break and are due at the beginning of the Spring semester. Students must complete an application for the deaf education placement and a separate application for the elementary education program. Applications are submitted to the appropriate department and online to the STEP Office.

Graduate Course Sequence

Graduate Course Sequence

Graduate Audit Sheet

Graduate Audit Sheet

Comprehensive Exam

All master’s candidates are required to register for the comprehensive exam–DFHH 700. In deaf education, this is typically taken in the same semester as the Deaf Education Clinical Practice–DFHH 690. Click here for specific information on the comprehensive exam.

Mantoux Testing

Information on Mantoux Testing which is required prior to field placements

MKSD Security Clearance

Information about security clearance requirements at MKSD

NJ Transfer

Information on transferring undergraduate classes to TCNJ is available through NJ TRANSFER. If a course is listed on NJ TRANSFER as an acceptable course, you need not get a course approval form signed by the Office of Records and Registration. You may simply take the course and have the transcript sent back to TCNJ after the course has been completed. Please remember however, that most community college courses are three credits and that you will be responsible for the extra credit.

FAQs About Certification

TCNJ’s Deaf Education program prepares teacher candidates who are eligible for several NJ certifications. The College helps its students obtain those licenses. More information about the certification requirements is available on the Deaf Education Certification FAQ page.

Sign Language Proficiency Interview

Information on the New Jersey certification requirement for the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (formerly known as the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview or SCPI).

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The College is open with very limited on-campus staffing. All advising sessions will be conducted virtually through phone, Skype, or Google Hangout as determined with your education advisor.