Early Childhood Education Major with Dual Teacher Certification in Early Childhood (P–3) and Elementary Education (K–6), B.A.

Completion of this major prepares educators to work with children from for Preschool through grade six and be eligible to obtaining both the P3 and Elementary Teacher Certificates of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. Candidates for this certification must also complete one of the following liberal arts majors offered by the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Geoscience, History, Mathematics, Media Arts, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, or, Women and Gender Studies.

NJCU is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. NJCU Education programs are accredited both by the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP) and the New Jersey State Department of Education.


A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
A minimum of B- or better on all education courses
Passing scores on all three sections of the Praxis CORE, or 560 verbal, 540 Math on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT, or 155 verbal, 156 quantitative on the GRE.

Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Tests, as of 9/1/19:

Math Test #5733         Passing Score 150
Reading Test #5713    Passing Score 156
Writing Test #5723     Passing Score 162
Students who meet the score levels below are not required to take the Praxis CORE:

SAT Scores

If taken before 4/1/1995: Math 520, Reading 480
If taken between 4/1/1995 to 2/28/2016: Math 540, Reading 560
If taken on or after 3/1/2016: Math 570, 610 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or 30 Reading Section
ACT Scores

If taken before 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 20
If taken on or after 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 23
GRE Scores

If taken before 8/1/2011: Quantitative 720, Verbal 530
If taken on or after 8/1/2011: Quantitative 156, Verbal 155
For more information on Praxis exams:  https://www.ets.org/praxis/nj/requirements


Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
Successful completion of courses in intended majors and certification areas
Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exams
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Successful completion of clinical practice 1 and 2
Obtaining a passing score of 37 or above on the performance assessment, edTPA, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact Dr. Sai Jambunathan, Chairperson of the department, as changes may have occurred since publication. 

General Education Requirements (Must be taken prior to Phase II)
ECE 212Human Development: Prenatal through Adolescence3
or PSYC 150 Developmental: Birth Through Adolescence
BIOL 225Human Sexual Biology3
or BIOL 225 Human Sexual Biology
WGST 110Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures3
or MCC 218 Diversity: Civil Debate in Contentious Times
MATH 215Problem Solving in Mathematics3
Phase I Requirements 1
ECE 200Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 210Young Children's Development Behavior & Learning3
LTED 270Emerging Literacy at Home & School3
SPEC 250Psychological & Educational Needs of the Exceptional Child3
Phase II Requirements: 2
ECE 331ECE Clinical Practice I (All students will be placed for their clinical practice experience in professional development schools associated with NJCU)2
ECE 350Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum3
LTED 350Early Childhood Reading & Language2
ECE 305Math, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Education2
EDU 361Elementary Social Studies Methods2
EDU 362Elementary Science Methods2
EDU 363Elementary Math Methods2
ECE 460Working with Families of Young Children3
LTED 360Elementary Reading & Language Workshop2
Phase III Requirements 2, 3, 4
ECE 1480ECE Clinical Practice II (All students will be placed for their clinical practice experience in professional development schools associated with NJCU)8
ECE 475Reflecting on Knowledge & Practice3
ECE 400Classroom Management, Classroom Behavior and Positive Behavior Supports3
Students may take up to 6 credits in Phase I prior to passing all three sections of the Praxis CORE. Transfer courses are applicable only to Phase I or II. However, it is strongly recommended that students pass all three sections of the CORE or meet the exemption requirements prior to taking any education classes to prevent any disruption of taking education classes in a sequence while meeting the testing requirements.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Phase I and passing score on all three sections of the Praxis CORE (unless exempt). ECE 331, ECE 350, and LTED 350 are offered only in fall semesters and have to be taken together. ECE 300, ECE 305, and ECE 460 will potentially be offered every semester.


You must take these courses consecutive to ECE 350, ECE 331, and LTED 350.


Students must pass the Early Childhood Content Knowledge Praxis II (5025) and the Elementary Education Praxis (5001) prior to Phase III.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
INTD 101 Orientation to College First time freshman only 1
MATH 114 Contemporary Mathematics 3
LTED 160 Languages of Power and Social Justice 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II
or English Composition 2 ESL
MATH 215 Problem Solving in Mathematics 3
BIOL 224
The Human Body
or Human Sexual Biology
ECE 212 Human Development: Prenatal through Adolescence 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 1
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Semester 2
ECE 200 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
SPEC 250 Psychological & Educational Needs of the Exceptional Child 3
General Education Tier III Capstone Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Semester 1
LTED 270 Emerging Literacy at Home & School 3
ECE 210 Young Children's Development Behavior & Learning 3
ECE 305 Math, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Education 2
EDU 361 Elementary Social Studies Methods 2
EDU 362 Elementary Science Methods 2
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Semester 2
LTED 360 Elementary Reading & Language Workshop 2
ECE 460 Working with Families of Young Children 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Liberal Arts Major Course 3
Semester 1
ECE 331 ECE Clinical Practice I 2
ECE 350 Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum 3
LTED 350 Early Childhood Reading & Language 2
EDU 363 Elementary Math Methods 2
Liberal Arts Major 3
Semester 2
ECE 1480 ECE Clinical Practice II 8
ECE 400 Classroom Management, Classroom Behavior and Positive Behavior Supports 3
ECE 475 Reflecting on Knowledge & Practice 3
 Total Credits127

Student Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are aligned to the INTASC Model Core Teaching Standards:

  1. Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  2. Learning Differences: The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  3. Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
  4. Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  5. Application of Content: The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  6. Assessment: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  7. Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  8. Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  10. Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.