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

gradadmissions@kean.edu
908.737.7100

Program coordinator

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

 

Updated 3/3/17