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New Jersey Pre-Professional CE Course

New Jersey Pre-Professional CE Course

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GEN 501 Introduction to Teaching World Languages in New Jersey

Fall Session- September 11-October 20, 2023 (registration closed) or

Winter Session- January 9- February 27, 2024

Summer Session- July 8- August 16, 2024

Pre-Professional Hours

50 hour pre-professional coursework towards Idioma CE Program for New Jersey Candidtates.

Candidates who register for this course are expected to continue with the Idioma-CE program for the remainder of the 400-hour course of study. This is not a stand-alone course.

Course Format: 8 Week asynchronous online instructor-facilitated course 

Professional Standards
7.ii.(5), iii.(3)
11.i.(2)(4)(5)(7), ii.(2)(3)(4), iii.(1)(2)(4)

Course Description

This pre-professional certificate course meets the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) requirements for 50 hours of pre-professional training (including 20 hours of clinical experience). It is open to those who already hold a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in Spanish, French, Latin, Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin and those without a CE who are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a teacher. Participants who successfully complete this seminar will receive a Certificate of Completion. This seminar has been designed to incorporate the four topics delineated in N.J.A.C. 6A:9B, i.e., classroom management, teaching diverse learners, New Jersey education law, and lesson planning. In addition, topics include an introduction to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST). Conducted in English.  If you took the 24-hour class prior to 2023, you would need to take the entire 50 hours. We do not offer a “bridge” option. 

Course Objectives 

To meet the 50-hour requirement, students must complete 20 hours of coursework, 20 hours of clinical experience, including at least 10 hours of planning and delivering instruction via individual or co-teaching model, and 10 hours of observation and reflection.  Students will complete the following coursework asynchronous modules:

  • Module 1: New Jersey Student Learning Standards
  • Module 2: ACTFL Proficiency Standards
  • Module 3: Social and Emotional Learning Overview
  • Module 4: Differentiated Instruction Overview
  • Module 5: Authentic Resources
  • Module 6: Instruction and Lesson Planning
  • Module 7: Classroom Management
  • Module 8: IEPs/504s and Assistive Technologies
  • Module 9: New Jersey Education Law
  • Module 10: Professional Ethics including Use of Technology
  • 20 Clinical Hours with a cooperating teacher
  • 10 Hours of Observation & Reflection

The clinical experience is designed to strengthen content area pedagogy, as candidates are paired with content area peers who share ideas for teaching subject-specific lessons, model content area teaching, and serve as critical friends and informal observers of their professional teaching practice. The pre-professional program leverages this relationship through assignments which require professional collaboration with a school assigned mentor to produce interdisciplinary and/or differentiated lessons, student artifacts generated by the lesson, and demonstrate the practice of reflective teaching to support improvement.

For clinical observation hours teacher candidates will be provided with a video simulation of lessons that they will critique and identify specific strategies. The final component will be the teacher candidates presenting a recorded lesson plan to their instructor and peers. 

By the end of the course students will have engaged in conversation with their course colleagues around teaching best practices, education issues, differentiation strategies to support all learners in the world language classroom. 


This course explores a variety of resources including videos, podcasts, reputable websites and articles, studies and surveys from scientific journals. Students will not need to purchase any resources, but a suggested resource list will be provided.