Early Childhood Education Major: P-3 and K-6 Dual Certification

The Praxis II for Elementary Content Knowledge required for certification in New Jersey as of September 1, 2014 is #5001, Elementary Content Knowledge, Multiple Subjects Test. Passing the appropriate Praxis II is required before you can student teach. It is advised to take the Praxis II exam as soon as your GE or UCC courses are completed so the content information is still freshest. Also, taking it early in your education sequence of courses gives you an opportunity to retake the whole test or any of the four sections if you do not pass.

If you passed the previously approved test before September 1, 2014, you do not need to take the new exam. However, New Jersey is not accepting scores on the old test for those who take Praxis II after September 1, 2014. The link below has the schedule for upcoming tests. It shows that both the old and the new (5001) are available for registration at Educational Testing Services (ETS). Be careful to register for the #5001 test.


In addition to general education requirements and an academic major, students must also complete the following professional program to be recommended for P-3 and K-65 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. For K-6 certification you are required to take and pass the Praxis II examination in Elementary Content Knowledge.  For P-3 certification, you are required to take and pass the Praxis II examination in Early Childhood Content Knowledge. Following successful completion of the program, the student  is is eligible for a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing to teach all subjects in grades P-3 and K-6.

Education Advisor: Sue Mankiw
Steps to matriculation in the Undergraduate P-3 Early Childhood Major with K-6 Dual Certification
  • Enroll as an early childhood education major with dual K-5 certification 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 Writing Assessment and complete the Speech and Hearing Assessment (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 2.75 GPA or higher.  Student matriculating after September 1, 2014 must achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Complete Math 1100 or Math 1090,  and Math 1110 (or equivalent) before the Practicum (3rd) semester.
  • Complete two science courses before the Practicum semester, for students entering WPU in or after September 2011.
  • Complete two history courses before the Practicum semester, for students entering WPU in or after September 2011.
  • The PRAXIS exams in Early Childhood Content Knowledge and in Elementary Multiple Subjects Content Knowledge (5001) must be successfully passed before entering EDUC 4140.

Please Note: All General Education courses must be completed before beginning the practicum semester for students who entered WPU before September 2011.  For students under the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements, the courses within the major that meet the UCC requirements are not taken in advance.  No more than one additional course may be taken during student teaching.

Course Requirements: 36 Credits (This is a four-semester program)

For students who entered WPU before September 2011:  The control sheet for the Early Childhood (P-3/K-6) major is attached.  

For students who entered WPU in or after September 2011:  The control sheet is attached.  

Course Number and Title Credits
You must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA (students matriculating after September 1, 2014 must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA) throughout the program to be recommended for certification,at least a C in each major course,  and you must achieve a 3.0 GPA in your education courses to student teach.  
Semester 1  
CIED 2030 Teaching as a Profession  (Contains unsupervised 20 hour experience) 3
CIEC 2130 Teaching Young Children in a Technological World or CIEE 2130 Teaching 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
Semester 3  
CIEC 3000 P-3 Practicum & Seminar*+ 1
CIEC 3100 Inclusion, ELL & Diff Learner * or CIEE 3110 Inclusion, Second Language Learners and Differentiated Instruction 2
CIEC 3300 or CIEE 3220 Language Arts & Social Studies Methods/Assessment for Teaching for K-5 * 3
CIEE 3290 Mathematics Methods & Assessment for Teaching K-5*
CIEE 3260 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-5* 2
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
CIEC 3680 Curriculum Planning & Assessment in ECE 2


Exit Requirements
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale if graduating prior to September 1, 2016.  Student graduating after September 1, 2016 require a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.00 scale..
  • A GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in your education courses before student teaching.