Early Childhood Education Major (P-3)

In addition to general education requirements and a liberal arts or sciences major, students must also complete the following professional program to be recommended for P-3 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 Assessment (formerly known as the Praxis II) examination in Early Childhood Content before clinical practice and completing the program.

Education Advisor: Sue Mankiw
Steps to matriculation in the Undergraduate P-3 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 the 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 cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Complete Math 1100 and Math 1110 (or equivalents) before the clinical experience (3rd) semester.
  • Complete two science courses before the Practicum semester.
  • Complete two history courses, one of them American history, before the clinical expierce semester.

The Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly known as the Praxis II) examination in Early Childhood Content Knowledge must be successfully passed before entering clinical practice (EDUC 4140).

Please Note: No more than one additional course may be taken during clinical practice..

Course Requirements: 30 Credits (This is a four-semester program).  

Course Number and Title Credits
You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program and a 3.0 GPA in your major education courses, with no grade lower than a C in any major education course.  
Semester 1  
CIED 2030 Teaching as a Profession  (Contains unsupervised 20 hour experience) 3
CIEC 2130 Teaching Young Children in a Technological World  2
Semester 2  
CIEC 2000 Field Experience I (Contains supervised 1 day per week field experience) 1
CIEC 2100 EC Classroom Environment 2
CIEC 2200 Emergent Literacy in ECE 2
CIEC 3100 Inclusion, ELL & Diff Learner 2
Semester 3  
CIEC 3000 P-3 Practicum & Seminar*
CIEC 3300 Language Arts & Social Studies 3
CIEC 3510 Math & Science in ECE* 2
CIEC 3650 Creative Arts & Children's Lit in ECE*
Semester 4  
EDUC 4140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment+ 10



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.