Leverage the study of economics into a rewarding career as a middle or high school teacher of social studies, in this dual-degree program offered in partnership with the School of Education. Students pursue a Bachelor of Arts in economics, integrating a teacher preparation sequence in secondary education that typically begins in the sophomore year. Graduates are qualified to teach social studies in grades 6–12, with state teaching certification at the secondary level.
The economics secondary education program is backed by TCNJ’s 150-year track record of preparing exemplary teachers. Fieldwork is extensive, and includes a full semester of student teaching. Guidance from two advisers—one for economics, one for education—ensures that teacher candidates are well positioned for certification.
Our graduating classes routinely achieve perfect 100 percent pass rates on the Praxis examinations. Many TCNJ teacher candidates receive multiple job offers.
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Students entering the teacher preparation sequence must have a GPA of at least 2.75. Retention in the program requires a GPA of 2.5 or higher. To earn teacher certification in New Jersey, teacher candidates must have a GPA of at least 2.75, pass the appropriate Praxis examination, and meet the state hygiene/physiology requirement.