Our College offers an extensive array of degree and certificate programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to students with a variety of interests and career goals. We prize the diversity of our students, faculty and staff. And we welcome the opportunity to provide an academic home to all students, including first-generation college students and those from families who have recently immigrated to the United States. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce and preparing teachers to serve all students, including those with disabilities at all grade levels and degrees of severity.


William Paterson University’s College of Education is a place where opportunity meets excellence. We are proudly accredited based on NCATE standards, now served by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Our counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

We offer bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood (P-3) Education, Elementary Education (K-6), and Secondary Education (Subject Specific K-12), with many offering additional options for licensure in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, Middle School Subjects (5-8), Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Those who already hold bachelor’s degrees and seek initial teacher certification can pursue Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs in Elementary or Secondary Education (traditional and alternate route) or the P-3 (Early Childhood) Alternate Route program.

Certified teachers can pursue additional licensure and/or preparation through master’s degrees or certificate programs in Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) (online and alternate route options available), Bilingual Education, ESL, Reading Specialist, Principal, Supervisor, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C), School Library Media (alternate route and online options available), Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Significant Disabilities, and Middle School Math.

Licensure as an Associate Counselor or School Counselor can be pursued through the MEd in Professional Counseling. The School Nurse program options provide opportunities for certification and master’s degree obtainment. Those wishing to pursue positions of administration in universities, colleges, and community colleges will find preparation through the MA in Higher Education Administration.


At the core of everything the University does, the following value define its ethos and fundamental beliefs:
Diversity — We value and promote the expression of all aspects of diversity. We maintain a campus culture that welcomes diversity of personal circumstances and experiences and prepares students to become effective citizens in an increasingly diverse, interdependent and pluralistic society.


Graduate Assistantship: William Paterson University offers Graduate Assistantships to qualified students. A graduate assistantship is an academic award that carries a $6,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and fees for the extent of the appointment. Graduate assistants are students who are matriculated and enrolled full-time in a graduate program. Graduate assistants work on campus up to twenty hours per week, September 1st to June 30th.

William Paterson University, College of Education
Website URL – https://www.wpunj.edu/coe/
Email Address: graduate@wpunj.edu.
Telephone Number: 973-720-3641