Early Childhood Education (P3) with TSD


In addition to the University Core Curriculum requirements and a second liberal arts or sciences major, students must also complete the following professional program to be recommended for P-3 TSD teaching certification. It is expected that all courses and field experiences in the professional preparation program will be completed at the University, with the exception of waivers granted by the early childhood faculty on a case by case basis or courses accepted through established institutional articulation agreements. Candidates are required to take and pass the Praxis Subject Test. Early Childhood Content Knowledge before clinical practice and completing the program.

Education Advisor: Sue Mankiw
Steps to matriculation in the Undergraduate P-3/TSD Early Childhood Major
  • Enroll as an early childhood education major and as an appropriate liberal arts or sciences major as indicated by the state.
  • Complete ANTH 2020 with at least a C grade.
  • Pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (#5751) (X2139).
  • Complete PSY 1100, and PSY 2100 successfully, with at least a C grade in PSY 2100.
  • Obtain a NJ Substitute Teaching License.
  • Achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.
  • Complete Math 1100 or Math 1090 and Math 1110 (or equivalents) before the clinical experience (3rd) semester.
  • Complete two science courses before the clinical experience semester.
  • Complete two history courses before the clinical experience semester, one of them American history.

The PRAXIS Subject Assessment exam in Early Childhood Content Knowledge must be successfully passed before entering EDUC 4140.

Please Note: No more than one additional course may be taken during student teaching.

Course Requirements: 40 Credits (This is a four-semester program)


Course Number and Title Credits
You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program, achieve at least a C in each education major course, and maintain a 3.0 GPA in the education major to student teach and be recommended for certification.  
Semester 1    
(Pre-req:  Candidacy in P-3/TSD major; ANTH 2020; PSY 1100, 2.75 GPA)  
SPC 2550 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 3
CIEC 2130 Technology in ECE 2
ECSP 3030 Adaptive and Assistive Technologies in Early Childhood Education (This course can be taken in Semester II.) 2
Semester 2  
(Pre-req: SPC 2550 Per or Co-req: PSY 2100; substitute license)  
CIEC 2000 Field Experience I 1
CIEC 2100 EC Classroom Environment 2
CIEC 2200 Emergent Literacy in ECE 2
ESP 3050 Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive EC Settings 2
Semester 3  
CIEC 3000 P-3 Practicum & Seminar 1
CIEC 3300 Language Arts & Soc Studies Integration and Authentic Assess in ECE*
CIEC 3510 Math & Science in ECE* 2
CIEC 3650 Creative Arts & Children's Lit in ECE*
ECSP 3040 Assessment and Planning in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms 3
ECSP 3060 Instructional Strategies in the Inclusive ED Classroom 3
Semester 4*  
EDUC 4140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment+ 10
ECSP 3020 Family Involvement, School and Community Supports 2

Final Assessment
Seminar Instructor and Faculty Committee
Evaluate POrtfolios 



Exit Requirements
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least  3.0 and a GPA of at least 3.0 in education courses on a 4.00 scale.

*These courses must be taken concurrently
+These courses require prior application through the Office of Field Experiences and should be taken in sequence. Applications must be submitted one year in advance. Apply every Fall (October 15) for placement the next Fall and every Spring (March 15) for placement the next Spring. For additional information please contact the Office of Field Experiences 973-720-3132 or 2109.