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    Graduate Studies - Early Childhood Education 

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    Professional Studies Building, Room 329
    201-200-2114

    Dr. Regina Adesanya, Chair

    Graduate Advisors:
    Dr. Lila Carrick
    Dr. Matthew Caulfield
    Dr. Basanti Chakraborty
    Dr. Kenneth Counselman
    Dr. Sai Jambunathan
    Dr. Muriel Rand  

    Visit the Early Childhood Education website for more information.  

    The Early Childhood Education department provides leadership in meeting the educational and professional needs of students preparing for careers as teachers and other school personnel. The department is committed to building and sustaining a learning community that provides high quality instruction for persons seeking careers in urban educational environments. 

    Master of Arts and Teaching - M.A.T. - P-3 Certification

    The M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education leads to initial P-3 certification (33 credits) and to an M.A.T. degree upon completion of an additional 3 credits. The certification courses focus on developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum and the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be an effective early childhood teacher. Candidates 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. 

    Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood/Special Education

    The M.A.T. in Early Childhood /Special Education prepares candidates to teach in inclusive settings for young children with exceptional needs. Candidates focus on developmentally appropriate practices and the requisite modifications needed in inclusive or special education settings. Candidates 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 and the Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement.  

    Early Childhood Education Department Admission Requirements

    In addition to the NJCU graduate admissions requirements, students must meet the following criteria prior to matriculation: 

    1. GPA of 3.0 (The Dean’s Office may grant permission for a student to enter the program with a GPA below 3.0, but all students must achieve a 3.0 to qualify for certification.) 

     

    1. Passing score on Praxis Core. This requirement is waived for candidates with at least: 
    2. 1660 combined SAT score (critical reading, writing, math)  
    3. 23 ACT score  
    4. 4.0 analytical writing and combined 310 quantitative and verbal GRE scores 
    5. Passing score on the TOW&R assessment  

    Students must meet the following criteria prior to, or concurrent with, placement in the first field experience: 

    1. Liberal arts undergraduate major or minimum number of liberal arts credits as determined by NJDOE 
    2. The following undergraduate courses or equivalents: 

     

    • BIO 103 Human Sexual Biology or BIO 104 The Human Body or passing the NJDOE Physiology And Hygiene test 
    • INTD 149 Human and Intercultural Relations 
    • MATH 205 Problem Solving 
    • PSYC 150 Development: Birth through adolescence 

     

    Students must pass the Early Childhood Content Knowledge Praxis II (0022) prior to Phase IV of the program.