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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Early Childhood Education (with P-3 Certification)

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  • This program includes a 30-credit certification sequence and an additional 6 credits to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education. Students who successfully complete this program and pass the Early Childhood Content Knowledge Praxis II Test (0022) will be eligible for the New Jersey Preschool through Grade Three Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing endorsement.

    A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 on an undergraduate degree and an acceptable essay are required to enter and remain in the program. The state requires a liberal arts major on an undergraduate degree or 60 liberal arts credits on an undergraduate degree. Candidates are required to meet with an advisor prior to the start of this certification sequence.

    Undergraduate Prerequisites for the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education

    The following undergraduate prerequisites must be met prior to or concurrently with the first field experience requirement:

     

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    BIOL 103 or
    BIOL 104

    Human Sexual Biology or
    The Human Body

    3

    INTD 149 Human and Intercultural Relations

    3

    MATH 205 Problem Solving

    3

    PSYC 150 Development: Birth through Adolescence

    3

    SOCI 114 Sociology of the Family

    3

    *View our undergraduate catalog for descriptions of undergraduate courses.


    M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education (36 credits)

    Candidates for the M.A.T. must complete the P-3 Certification Sequence outlined below, as well as the following additional 6 credits:

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    ECE 635

    Research Seminar in Early Childhood Education

    3

    SPEC 531 Intro to Early Childhood Special Education in Multicultural Settings

    3

      P-3 Certification Sequence

    30

      Total Credits 

    36 

     


    Early Childhood Education P-3 Certification Sequence  (30 Credits)

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    Phase I (9 credits) 

    ECE 622   

    Constructs of Early Childhood Education and Field Experience I

    3

    ECE 631 Early Childhood Curriculum and Programs

    3

    ECE 610 Child Study as a Basis for Educational Planning

    3

    Phase II (9 credits) 
    ECE 638 Theory into Practice, Language Acquisition and Meaning Across the Curriculum Pre-K/K

    3

    ECE 604 Building Meaningful Curriculum/Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Creative Arts and Social Studies (including field experiences)

    3

    ECE 656 Building Meaningful Curriculum/Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Mathematics and Science (including field experiences)

    3

    Phase III (6 credits) 
    ECE 639 Theory into Practice Language Acquisition and Meaning Across the Curriculum Primary Grades

    3

    ECE 634 Family, Child and School Interaction

    3

    Phase IV (6 credits) 
    ECE 500 Early Childhood Classroom Management

    1

    ECE 650 Internship

    4

    ECE 651 Internship Seminar

    1

      Total Credits 

     30 

    *View our graduate catalog for course descriptions.

    Please note the following:

    • Certified teachers who wish to add P-3 Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing should meet with the Department Chairperson.
    • B- or higher is required in all courses.
    • A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 is required in certification courses.