Classroom Instruction - P-3 Certification

DEGREE OFFERED

  • M.A. Early Childhood Education
  • Option:  Classroom Instruction with P-3 Certification

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:       June 1
Spring:  December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Classroom Instruction option with Initial P-3 Certification leads to certification and a master’s degree for liberal arts graduates seeking to become teachers at the pre-school through third grade (P-3). Students who successfully complete Level I are eligible for Provisional Teaching Certification.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0*
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Core Academic Skills Test
  • Passing score on the Early Childhood Content Knowledge PRAXIS (5025)
  • Competency in oral and written English communication as evidenced in a departmental interview with a writing sample
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) test scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.

*Candidates who believe their record warrants further review should reach out to the program coordinator to discuss their candidacy.

PREREQUISITES

  • Students must document sufficient experience in the field or may complete additional hours (minimum of 40 hours) during Level l of the program prior to student teaching. 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Development of teaching portfolio
  • 24 credits required for certification
  • 45 credits required for the degree
  • Two semester (six credits) advanced seminar
     

LEVEL I: REQUIRED COURSES – 24 CREDITS

EC 5000

Foundations of Early Childhood and Family Studies*

3 credits

EC 5100

Language Reading and Thought in the Young Child: Theory and Practice*

3 credits

EC 5230

Developmental Theories for Teaching in Early Childhood and Family Studies*

3 credits

EC 5275

Integrated Curriculum Development

3 credits

EC 5320

Creating Partnerships with Families*

3 credits

EC 5500

Integrating Technology into the Early Childhood Curriculum*

3 credits

EC 5565

Teaching Practicum and Seminar

6 credits

Note: Certification will be recommended at the completion of Level I

LEVEL II: REQUIRED COURSES – 15 CREDITS

EC 5120

Supporting Emergent Literacy at Home and at School

3 credits

EC 5250

Science for Early Childhood Teachers

3 credits

EC 5260

Research in Early Childhood and Family Studies

3 credits

EC 5290

Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers

3 credits

EC 5590

Theory into Practice: Observation, Interpretation and Integration1 +

3 credits

* Required for New Jersey certification P-3 with passing score on Praxis for Early Childhood

1Requires nine credits completed at Level II including EC 5260

+Requires completion of 21 graduate credits, including all required courses.

LEVEL III: RESEARCH – 6 CREDITS

(EC 5590 required as prerequisite)

EC 5598

Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Studies I

3 credits

EC 5599

Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Studies II

3 credits

TOTAL OF 45 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

Please contact one of our
Graduate Admissions Counselors

Program coordinator

DR. JENNIFER CHEN
Hennings Hall Room 419
T. 908.737.3809
jchen@kean.edu

 

Updated 3/3/17