College of Education - Department of Teacher Education
BA in Education with Specialization in Early Childhood Education Program is designed to prepare teacher candidates who can facilitate the learning of all children from birth through eight years old. This program is developed based on the most current research in child development and leaning, and addresses professional and academic standards of the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPST), the Professional Development Standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS), and the New Jersey Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards (NJPTLS). Throughout professional courses, our teacher candidates will prepare themselves to be qualified professional teachers for young children who provide adaptive, responsive, and individualized education for an increasingly diverse school population.
Teacher candidates complete requirements for two Bachelor's Degrees: one in early childhood education and one in an approved dual major from the College of Communication, or Liberal Arts and Sciences. Candidates must also complete a set of general education requirements. The total number of general education courses is approximately the same; however, specific courses vary according to dual major. Program guides for each dual major are available in the Student Service Center, College of Education.
Important Program Notes:
Students are required to pass Praxis I (Reading - 175, Math - 174, and Writing- 173) by the conclusion of their sophomore level course.
A student must have passing Early Childhood Praxis II scores (159) on record with the Student Services Center, College of Education, at the time they submit their application for Clinical Practice. Typically, a student applies for Clinical Practice (student teaching) by the last Monday in September for Spring Clinical Practice and the third Monday in December for Fall Clinical Practice.
Student Benchmarks: In order to enter Junior Year Practicum Classes and Clinical Practice, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Education Professional Courses as well as a 2.75 overall GPA. No grades lower than a C- is acceptable on a transcript. (No D’s, F’s or Incompletes are acceptable to enter Junior Year Practicum or Clinical Practice)
For more information regarding Praxis I, contact Education Testing Service at www.ets.org/praxis or Prometric at 1-800-853-6773.
Click here to download a copy of the Academic Policies of the College of Education (pdf).
Call the NJ Department of Education Customer Service Hotline at (609) 292-2045 for more information.
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