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

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-6 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 Subject Assessment examination in Elementary Content Knowledge: Multiple Subjects.  For P-3 certification, you are required to take and pass the Praxis Subject Assessment 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 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 Practicum (3rd) semester.
  • Complete two science courses before the clinical experience semester.
  • Complete two history courses before the clnical experience, one of them American history.
  • The PRAXIS Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II) exams in Early Childhood Content Knowledge and in Elementary Content Knowledge:  Multiple Subjects 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: 36 Credits (This is a four-semester program)


Course Number and Title Credits
You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the program to be recommended for certification,and you must achieve a 3.0 GPA in your education courses, with at least a C in each education major course,   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
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
CIEC 3510 Math & Science in ECE
CIEC 3650 Creative Arts & Children's Lit in ECE
Semester 4  
EDUC 4140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and Portfolio Assessment
CIEC 3680 Curriculum Planning & Assessment in ECE 2


Exit Requirements
  • Complete program requirements successfully.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.00 scale.
  • A GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in your education courses.
The Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly 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 Subject Assessment exam as soon as your 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.