College of Education - Department of Teacher Education
Liberal Studies Dual Major
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 and Creative Arts, or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Department of Language, Literacy and Special Education. 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 College of Education Advising Center or with a College of Education student's Education Academic Advisor.
Dual Majors are: Liberal Studies; American Studies, Liberal Studies; Humanities (A&B) and Writing Arts. A new Dual Major only open to Freshman is the Liberal Studies; Literacy Studies.
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. According to the new standards established by the New Jersey Department of Education, students entering their first benchmark (Sophomore Year) by April 1, 2014 must pass Praxis I or Praxis Core. After June 1, 2014, students will be required to pass Praxis Core. Praxis Core Tests are: Reading (Test # 5712) with a passing score of 156, Writing (Test # 5722) with a passing score of 162, and Mathematics (Test # 5732) with a passing score of 150).
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.
Clinical Practice Application Dates:
Fall Applications: will be accepted September 1-30th (a year prior to anticipated clinical)
Spring Applications: will be accepted April 1-30th (a year prior to anticipated Clinical)
Praxis II scores for Clinical for Fall are due no later than July 30th (prior to Clinical) and November 30th (prior) to their spring Clinical Practice.
Students apply for a Fall Clinical Practice the prior September (September 1- 30th). Students apply for Spring Clinical Practice the prior Spring (April 1-30th).
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 3.0 Overall GPA in accord with the new New Jersey Department of Education standards. 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.
Students are strongly encouraged to seek advising from their Education Academic Advisor on a regular basis. Students are also encouraged to read all corresponding emails sent to them officially by their Advisor as well as the College of Education. Students can seek additional information relating to academics, volunteer opportunities, and careers at the College of Education Advising Center Facebook page.
Early Childhood Education Association:
Students are encouraged to participate in the Early Childhood Education Association, a chartered club through the Rowan University Student Government Association. Faculty Advisor to the association is Ms. Leah Walker.
Student Progress is tracked through the Rowan Success Network
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