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Elementary Education or Secondary Education – Global

The international school community recognizes and respects TCNJ’s graduate global programs in education. Current offerings include a Master of Education and a Certificate of Qualification.

Master of Education

The Elementary Education and Secondary Education Programs develop students to demonstrate proficiency in subject matter knowledge, the theory and application of learning and teaching, and instructional proficiency identified by relevant professional standards.




in-person option
for summer courses*

25–30 Credits

varies based on program

*All global in-person summer courses are scheduled in Portugal at Nova School of Business & Economics (located in sunny Carcavelos, about 15 miles west of Lisbon). See details for the Portugal campus.

 Admission Requirements

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, college, or other approved institution.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) was taken within the last five years. See test waiver information.
  • A completed online application.
  • Current resume.
  • Two strong letters of recommendation (e.g., unequivocal endorsements and letters from supervisors familiar with the applicant’s work are weighted favorably).
  • Personal essay.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants for whom English is a second language and who have limited experience working/learning in an English language environment.
  • Applicants must also meet the specific admission requirements of their selected certificate programs.

Application Process

Graduation Requirements

MEd Program (Elementary or Secondary) 

  • All students who complete the Elementary and Secondary Education MEd programs will receive the TCNJ diploma.

Certificate Program (Elementary or Secondary)

  • (CQ) – The CQ is issued to U.S. citizens and non-citizens and verifies the completion of TCNJ’s teacher preparation program. Although the CQ is not a teaching license from the State of New Jersey (and is not accepted by national or provincial schools), it is recognized by international schools and their accrediting agencies. It allows candidates to teach within the international school community outside of the U.S.
  • All students who successfully complete the Elementary and Secondary Education Certificate programs will receive the following: 1) TCNJ Certificate, 2) Certificate of Qualification (CQ) US and Non-US Citizens.

Program Requirements/Program Planner

Certificate and MEd Elementary Education (PDF) – Please refer to the program planner for all course requirements.

Certificate and MEd Secondary Education (PDF) – Please refer to the program planner for all course requirements.