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Professional Studies Building, Rm.329201-200-2114Dr. Regina Adesanya, ChairpersonGraduate Advisors: Dr. Lila CarrickDr. Matthew CaufieldDr. Basanti ChakrabortyDr. Kenneth CounselmanDr. Sai Jambunathan Dr. Jo Anne JunckerDr. Muriel Rand
Visit the Early Childhood Education website for more information.
The Early Childhood Education Department (ECE) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The ECE Department offers the following programs and certifications:
The Master of Arts program in Early Childhood Education is designed for educators who hold teacher certification and have teaching experience. This M.A. program is for certified teachers, directors and supervisors, who wish to expand their knowledge base, deepen their understanding and perfect their skills. Emphasis is on current theory and research in child development and application. Students who desire emphasis in curriculum should take the specialist track; students who seek supervision certification should take the leadership track.
Graduate candidates may seek initial P-3 teacher certification through the traditional or alternate route. Graduate candidates who wish to pursue P-3 certification should apply for P-3 certification (either traditional or alternate route). These candidates may decide to pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
The traditional initial P-3 certification route is a 30-credit sequence that includes course work, field work and a student teaching internship. The entry requirements for this certification include (1) a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate degree average, (2) a liberal arts undergraduate major or liberal arts credits as determined by Licensing, New Jersey Department of Education, (3) an acceptable essay that is submitted to NJCU Graduate Admissions, (4) matriculation, and (5) any department requirements listed on the advisement sheets. Teacher candidates who successfully complete the 30-credit certification sequence are eligible to take two additional specified courses to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.
Candidates interested in the alternate route P-3 program must apply for admission and obtain the proper advisement sheet from the Early Childhood Department. The requirements for admission to the specialized alternate route program include a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate degree average and an acceptable essay that is submitted to NJCU Graduate admissions. Course work is provided by the Early Childhood Department and the Literacy Education Department. Students are responsible for all other requirements deemed by the State of New Jersey Department of Education.
The goals of all of the Early Childhood programs are as follows:
The graduate Early Childhood programs are based upon the Reflective Urban Practitioner Model that seeks to develop teachers who are effective in current and future urban classrooms and who are adaptable to societal changing demands. The Reflective Urban Practitioner Model brings together the dimensions of theory, practice, community resources and reflective practice. Applicants should be aware that programs may be revised in response to changes in state certification requirements and/or changes in accrediting agency standards. Substitution of courses should only be done with the approval of one's officially assigned graduate advisor and/or department chair. Please contact the department for current information and requirements.
MASTER OF ARTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (36 CREDITS)(*courses pending approval)This degree program has two curricular tracks: The Specialist Track (Curriculum and Assessment) The Early Childhood Leadership Track (Supervision Certification)
The advanced degree program is designed for students who already possess P-3 certification or who have had teaching experience with young children. (This may include special education, ESL, and elementary teachers.) Students may choose either a Specialist track or the Leadership track. The courses in this program are offered in phases. Both tracks have similar courses in Phase I and III, with Phase II courses centered on the choice of the two tracks. The total credits for this program is 36, with 12 credits in each phase.
NOTE: Any deviation from this schedule must be approved by the student’s Early Childhood advisor.
MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING (36 CREDITS) IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, INCLUDING P-3 CERTIFICATION SEQUENCE
Undergraduate prerequisites must be met prior to or concurrently with the first field experience requirement. These prerequisite courses include the following: General Biology, Sociology of the Family, Developmental Psychology or Child Psychology, and Human and Intercultural Relations. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and an acceptable essay are required to enter and remain in the program. Candidates are required to meet with an advisor prior to the start of this certification sequence.
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 will be eligible for the New Jersey Preschool through Grade Three Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing endorsement.
The above courses represent only the 30-credit sequence needed for P-3 certification. The following additional courses are required to complete the full program for the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education:
NOTE: Certified teachers who wish to add P-3 Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing should meet with the Department Chairperson.
MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING (36 CREDITS) IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION/SPECIAL EDUCATION (P-3 AND TEACHER OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES)
(*courses pending approval)Please see the Department Chairperson for the approved advisement sheet.
THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIALIZED P-3 ALTERNATE ROUTE PROGRAM (15 CREDITS)
This program is designed for candidates working in child care centers that subcontract with Abbott school districts or other programs and are eligible for the Alternate Route Program, or for candidates whose employer permits a candidate to follow the Alternate Route Program. Candidates must meet the state requirements as well as NJCU College of Education's requirements. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 and an acceptable essay are required to enter and remain in the program. Candidates interested in this program must obtain a current list of the requirements from the Early Childhood Department.