The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is designed for future elementary school teachers, kindergarten through sixth grade. Through this program, the student will gain the skills to communicate effectively with diverse learners, particularly in urban school districts, and promote the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of young minds. This degree prepares teacher candidates to meet the requirements for the New Jersey Department of Education certification requirements.

Employment of Kindergarten and Elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015-2016 Edition, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers.


Praxis Core assessment as required by the state of New Jersey. Attend this course to prepare you to successfully complete the Reading, Writing, and Math requirements of the assessment. Classes begin May 11th at the Newark Campus. This course will help you complete the first Benchmark required by the state of New Jersey as a teacher candidate.
Want more information? Contact Sharon Harden, Dept. of Elem Educ, or Jenniffer Suriel, Admissions
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Next Start Date:                         Fall, 2019
Program Level                            Bachelor of Arts
Credit Hours Required:             123
Course Length:                           8 Weeks
Course Format:                          Hybrid: Classroom, online, and field learning activities

Who is this degree for?

  • Individuals seeking a bachelor’s degree in education.
  • Individuals seeking employment opportunities as a licensed classroom teacher in grades K-6.
  • Community college graduates seeking a career in education.
  • Individuals who are currently employed as instructional aides or paraprofessionals seeking to advance as a licensed classroom teacher.
  • Mid-career professionals looking to transition to a teaching career.



Undergraduates at Pillar do preliminary coursework and field placements in Elementary Education as assigned beginning the second semester of the program. Students begin their professional education courses at the junior level upon completing the required General Education courses. Candidates are eligible for acceptance into the teacher preparation program when they have achieved the following:

  • Schedule a meeting with the Program Chair to complete all required paperwork as a teacher “candidate” and complete a transcript review.
  • Complete a minimum of 57 general education credits with a GPA of at least 2.7 in the following: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Psychology.

BENCHMARK 2 (Non-Academic)


Candidates are eligible to apply to the professional education semester which begins the Teacher Preparation Program when they meet all requirements outlined in Benchmark 1 and after attaining a passing score on Praxis Core examinations with passing scores as follows: Reading: 156, Math: 150, Writing: 162.

Meet with Program Director to review all requirements for admission to the professional education semester. Complete the Statement of Understanding.
Submit a resume and complete a written essay as a teacher candidate. (Topic will be provided).
Provide a professional reference along with two references from current or previous instructors (at least one from Pillar College).
Participate in a small group interview process and receive positive disposition results based on feedback from the interview.



  • Successful completion of all requirements outlined in Benchmarks 1 and 2.
  • Meet with Program Director to review all requirements for clinical practice.
  • Attain a qualifying score for the appropriate PRAXIS II Exam** by posted deadline dates (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies).
  • Maintain a 3.0 in all Professional Education courses including all Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, and Curriculum & Assessment and other professional education courses.
  • Maintain ratings of “Meets Expectations” on all Dispositional Reports from all Instructors & Cooperating Teachers.
  • Successful completion of all clinical experiences.
  • **For Fall/Spring Residency Year: Praxis II scores are due March 31 (prior to beginning Residency Year) For Spring/Fall Residency Year: Praxis II scores are due July 31 (year prior to beginning Residency Year)


BENCHMARK 4 (Clinical Residency)

  • Successfully complete clinical practice (490 hours) with Acceptable evaluations from cooperating teachers and clinical supervisors
  • Attain a grade of B or higher in Clinical Practice and Seminar course
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Timely submission of edTPA ePortfolio with a passing score
  • Completion of all degree requirements
  • Submission of all paperwork and fees for certification
  • Exit interview and completion of exit survey


Annual Full-Time Student Tuition (Domestic)


 Annual Full Time Student Tuition (International)


Block Rate (12-17 credits per semester)
International student tuition up to 15 credits maximum


*Block rate is not available to LEAD, Online and Independent-study courses


Per credit rate (11 or less; 18 or more credits per semester); all Online and Independent Study Courses are charged at per credit rate


Audit rate per credit


Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at Pillar College
Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at local high school
Developmental Courses (ESL and courses below 100 level) per credit

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