Early Childhood Education (M.A.T.)

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Early Childhood Education (M.A.T.) with certification in:

  • P-3

Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500 word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Passing scores on all 3 sections of Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (or waived, if applicable)
  • A copy of any teaching certification (a list of your certifications can be downloaded on NJDOE website) if any
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) or waiver if applicable


  • Must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 60 liberal arts credits, as determined by NJDOE.
  • Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. 
  • Must have completed the undergraduate course pre-requisites or equivalents listed here.

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.

Application Deadlines*:

Domestic Applicants:
Term Deadline
Spring Rolling
Fall  Rolling

*Deadlines are subject to change. 

*Requirements listed above are subject to change at any time based on NJDOE updates.

International Applicants:

This program is not currently available to international students seeking an F-1 student visa

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