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Graduate Programs

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  • 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.