B.A. in Early Childhood Education

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

William Paterson University at Mercer County Community College

Early Childhood Education (P-3 and K-6)

Students who graduate with an AA or AS degree from Mercer County Community College can now complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from WPU on the MCCC campus. After successfully completing the early childhood major and a second liberal arts major in psychology or liberal studies, students can qualify for two teaching certifications, Preschool through Third Grade and Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.

Entering students must have completed the AA or AS degree since fall 2005. Six credits of education courses from MCCC’s AA in Education are accepted towards the major (EDU 102 and EDU 109).  (Students must have six credits of college math to be taken at MCCC to complete the major and must meet all WPU graduation requirements, including six credits of foreign language to be taken at MCCC.) For the second liberal arts major, students can select Psychology or Liberal Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences with a concentration in any two of the following—English, History, Political Science, or Psychology.

The early childhood major, leading to both certifications, is a 36-credit sequence that can be completed in four semesters.  The program includes two supervised practicum placements in neighboring school districts (first, one full day a week and then, two full days a week), followed by a full-time student teaching experience.  Every student will have both urban and suburban field experiences at a range of grade levels. Completion in four semesters is dependent upon the number of credits the student takes each semester, transfer courses, summer work, and the selected second liberal arts major. Certification requirements include passing two Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly known as praxis II) examinations, Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (test code: 5001 effective 9/1/2014) and Early Childhood: Content Knowledge (test code: 5022)


For students with a Mercer County Community College AA/AS Degree


•             6 credits College-level Math

•             6 credits Foreign Language (Two sequential semesters in the same language)

•             6 credits History (one section of American History)

•             6 credits College-level Science (one with lab)

•             SOC 104 (or take WPU ANTH 2020)

•             PSY 101 (the equivalent of WPU PSY 1100)

•             PSY 206 (the equivalent of WPU PSY 2100)

•             EDU 102 (or take CIEC 3100 in Semester II)

•             EDU 109 (the equivalent of WPU CIED 2030)


Other Requirements

Candidates must complete a speech and hearing assessment during the first semester of education courses.

To major in education, a candidate must have a second liberal arts or sciences major.
In addition to having a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA before taking education courses, they must also pass the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core).

Beginning in September 2014, for incoming students,  a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required before taking any education courses and throughout the major.  A 3.0 in education courses is required to student teach and passing Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly known as praxis II) examinations: Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) and Early Childhood: Content Knowledge (0022 or 5022)

Candidates must apply for the field experiences (CIEC 2000, CIEC 3000 and EDUC 4140). Field experience applications are due to the Office of Field Experiences two semesters before the placement (October 15th and March 15th).

Candidates who are International Students and are not U.S. citizens will need to sign an Affidavit of Intent to become a U.S. citizen at the end of this program. Without this document, the New Jersey Department of Education will not issue any licensure.


The WPU email is the official method of communication.


 P-3/K-6 AT MCCC


Semester I (4 Credits)

Semester II (3-5) Credits)

CIEC 2130 Technology in EC (on-line course)……………………2____


CIEC 2100 The Early Childhood Learning Environment………………….2 _____


CIEC 2000 Field Experience I  …….1 _____

(Contains supervised 1 day per week  field experience & 12 hours of seminar)


CIEC 2200 Emergent Literacy ……..2 _____


CIEC 3100 Inclusion, ELL, and

Differentiated Instruction (on-line course)………………….……………..2 ____

(for students without EDU 102 at MCCC)

Semester III (12 Credits)

Semester IV (12 Credits)

CIEC 3000 P-3 Practicum & Seminar ………………………….…..1 ____

   (Contains 2 days per week + 2 full weeks + 16 hours of seminar)


CIEE 3220      Language Arts & Social Studies Methods/Assessment  for Teaching for                   K-5…….……………………3 ____


CIEE  3290 Mathematics Methods/Assessment

 for Teaching K-5 ………….2 ____


CIEE 3260 Science Methods/Assessment for Teaching K-5 ………….…...2 ____


CIEC 3510 Math & Science in ECE ………………………….…..2 ____


CIEC 3650 Creative Arts & Children’s Literature ……………………2 ____












EDUC 4140 Student Teaching Internship, Seminar and  Portfolio  Assessment…10____


CIEC 3680 Curriculum Planning & Assessment in ECE ………………………………………..2 ____



Tips for Transfers with AA/AS Degrees, Early Childhood and Elementary Education Majors at MCCC

  • Make sure that you have the prerequisite courses:
    • Anthropology 2020:  Diversity & Equity in Schools (or Sociology 104 at MCCC)
    • Psychology 2100:  Developmental Psychology (Psychology 1100 is required to take this at WPU; equivalent to PSY 206 at MCCC)
    • Six credits of college-level math (basic math does not count)
    • Two science courses
    • Six credits of history (at least one American history)
    • EDU  109  at MCCC (CIED 2030 Teaching as a Profession)
  • Make sure you have the courses required for graduation:
    • Six credits of one foreign language ( For example Spanish 101 AND 102)
  • Identify your second major (Liberal Studies with two tracks—English, history, political science, psychology—or Psychology) and take courses right away that meet the requirements for this major.  You will want to finish most of the second major courses before your last two semesters at WPU.
  • Your last two semesters at WPU should be focused almost entirely on your education courses.
  • Become familiar with these important websites:
  • Pass the CORE Academic Skills for Educators Test before taking any education course, take the speech and hearing assessments required. Special arrangements will be made for the assessments at MCCC when you take CIEC 2100.
  • Beginning in September 2014, for incoming students,  a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required before taking any education courses and a cumulative 3.0 gpa must be maintained throughout the major.  A 3.0 in education courses is required to student teach.  (You will need at least a C in the prerequisite courses listed above and a B average in your education courses before student teaching.)
  • Communicate with your education advisor, Professor Nicole Walsh or Dr. Ranita Cheruvu, and your second major advisor as soon as they are assigned.  You will need to plan when you will do your field placements so that you can submit your applications for the practicum and student teaching semesters (due a year in advance if possible).
  • You will need to take and pass the Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly known as praxis II) examinations exams before student teaching.  You should sign up right away for the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Praxis Subject Assessment (test code: 5001) through www.ets.org.  For the Early Childhood: Content Knowledge Subject Assessment (test code: 5022), you should wait until your second semester in the education sequence.  The Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification website has information about the Praxis II tests and passing scores.   Passing scores must be received by the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification by August 1st for fall student teaching, and by January 1st for spring student teaching.  For your scores to be reported appropriately, you must use codes 2518 for WPU and R7666 for the New Jersey Department of Education.  Be sure to use your social security number when registering for the Praxis exams and make sure to print and save your scores once they become available onlinethrough ETS.
  • Students are eligible for substitute teaching licenses once they have completed 60 college credits.  Community college students should begin the process of applying for a substitute teaching license when they are in their final semester of courses at the community college (even before they complete the required 60 credits). They can apply at any public school district office where they would consider substitute teaching.  They must complete an application and then make arrangements to be fingerprinted.  Fees associated with the application include approximately $75.00 for fingerprinting and approximately $125 for the license.