Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

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The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education prepares inquiring and reflective educators to teach in diverse settings from preschool through grade eight in the public schools of New Jersey. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered to students who are pursuing elementary/early childhood education as a profession and to certified teachers who want to enhance their professional development and practice through graduate study.  

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Early Childhood Education (P-3)
    Students completing all requirements for the early childhood major will be recommended for the preschool through third grade teacher certification in New Jersey. They will be prepared to teach all subjects in the given grades using research-based, best practices. Optional endorsements include bilingual education and English as a second language.
  • BA in Early Childhood Education with the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement (P-3/TSD)
    Students completing all requirements for this major will be recommended for the P-3 certification with the endorsement to teach young children with disabilities in New Jersey. They will be prepared to teach all subjects in the given grades using research-based, best practices.
  • BA in Elementary Education (K-6)
    Students completing all requirements for the elementary education major will be recommended for the kindergarten through sixth grade teacher certification in New Jersey. They will be prepared to teach all subjects in the given grades using research-based, best practices.
  • MEd in Early Childhood Education
    In the required courses for this degree, already certified P-3 teachers engage in inquiry-based learning. They apply theoretical knowledge to action research studies conducted in a variety of early childhood settings.
  • Graduate Certificate: Modified Alternate Route, Early Childhood (P-3)
    Post-baccalaureate candidates with Certificates of Eligibility from the state and employment as a P-3 teacher complete a 24-credit program, generally over a two-year period. Upon successful completion, candidates are recommended for certification.
The initial certification programs, both undergraduate and graduate, in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education prepare the candidates with the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to successfully teach in New Jersey schools. The graduate MEd program provides certified teachers with the opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge and skills. They are prepared to develop innovative curricula and take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education.
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Department Spotlight

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Bria Barnes '15 co-authored the book, Prospect Park, Images of America, after conducting ethnographic research on the town. Proceeds from the book fund scholarships at William Paterson University. Today Bria shapes young lives as an English teacher.