The Princeton Review has also recognized TCNJ among its top schools in categories of Best Colleges, Happiest Students, and Most Beautiful Campus. The college was commended for its high quality of student life and was ranked in the list of best college libraries. TCNJ was also listed as one of "Kiplinger's Personal Finances" top educational values in the country. "Barron's Profiles of American Colleges" has chosen the College of New Jersey as one of the 75 Most Competitive schools in the nation.
Accolades are backed by accreditations. Top programs in graduate disciplines are accredited by: the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and national and state professional organizations.
Programs Offered Through the Schools of Education and Nursing, Health and Exercise Science Include Choices in Specialization Coursework, Certification Options, and Global Opportunities
The School of Education offers a range of graduate programs in education. To earn a Master of Arts in Teaching, students must complete a program that consists of required core courses, plus specialization coursework to meet state certification requirements in a discipline. Specialization disciplines for those seeking a master's in teaching include: early childhood education, elementary education, special education, and secondary education (global) in English, social studies, and STEM areas including Math, physics, biology, chemistry and technology education. Full-time students can complete the Master of Arts in Teaching program in just over one year (or in 18 months with a dual certification in special and elementary education). Post-bac certification is also available in special education, P-3 and TESL. Advanced programs are offered in special education, reading, and leadership.
Graduate programs in counselor education include a Master of Arts degree with accredited School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling options. The department also provides graduate preparations for the Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate in New Jersey public schools.
The School of Education offers certification and graduate programs in teaching at various sites throughout the world, including those in Spain, Thailand, Portugal, and South Africa. Additionally, students who are matriculated in domestic programs leading to teacher certification may student teach at international schools throughout the world.
TCNJ also offers graduate programs in Nursing (Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader and School Nursing) as well as Public Health (MPH), Business, Integrative STEM Education, and English (MA).
New Jersey Campus is Located in Scenic Woodlands Close to Attractions and Major Cities
The College of New Jersey resides on a tree-lined campus located on 289 acres in suburban Ewing, New Jersey, seven miles from the state capital of Trenton. Students are surrounded by woodlands and two lakes as they move among academic and residential buildings, most of which feature classic, Georgian Colonial architecture. The community shares history and recreation. For example, students can canoe or cycle at historic D&R Canal State Park.
For more urban attractions, students may visit one of the many cities and towns nearby. Philadelphia is located 30 miles from campus. Here, students can explore the Franklin Institute, take in history at the National Constitution Center or visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In Ewing, students are 60 miles from New York's Broadway lights and attractions, such as the Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art. In nearby Princeton, the hometown of Princeton University, students find additional culture and enjoy boutique shops and live music. New Hope is another close town with unique galleries and activities.
The college's central New Jersey location affords students the opportunity to explore all the Garden State offers, from beaches on the New Jersey shore to communities lining the Delaware River banks. The location serves as a corridor between the rural and coastal towns of southern New Jersey and the mountainous and suburban areas in the north. It is also a central point to discover culture from Princeton to Philadelphia.