Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

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The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education prepares inquiring and reflective educators to teach in diverse settings from preschool through grade eight in the public schools of New Jersey. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered to students who are pursuing elementary/early childhood education as a profession and to certified teachers who want to enhance their professional development and practice through graduate study.  

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Early Childhood Education (P-3)
  • BA in Early Childhood Education with the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement (P-3/TSD)
  • BA in Elementary Education (K-6)
  • MEd in Early Childhood Education
  • MAT in Elementary Education (K-6)
  • MAT in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsement
  • Graduate Certificate: Modified Alternate Route, Early Childhood (P-3)
The initial certification programs, both undergraduate and graduate, in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education prepare the candidates with the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to successfully teach in New Jersey schools. The graduate MEd program provides certified teachers with the opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge and skills. They are prepared to develop innovative curricula and take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education.
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Department Spotlight

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Bria Barnes '15 co-authored the book, Prospect Park, Images of America, after conducting ethnographic research on the town. Proceeds from the book fund scholarships at William Paterson University. Today Bria shapes young lives as an English teacher.