Early Childhood Education Major with a Specialization in Infant Toddler Services, B.A.

The Infant Toddler Services program option will include five core ECE courses or a total of 13 credits from the current Early Childhood Major and 23 credits of specialized courses in infant-toddler services. Students pursuing this option will also be required to take two of the four courses that are prerequisites to any of the Early Childhood options or a total of 6 credits. This option will also include the 9 credits related to the key indicators for infant toddler teachers. These courses: ECE 210 Young Child Development, Behavior & Learning; ECE XXX Infant Toddler Curriculum & Programs and ECE 460 Working with Families of Young Children are already approved and two are currently part of the Early Childhood major. It will be a major without certification, such as Psychology or Sociology. The New Jersey Birth to Three Early Learning Standards, adopted in 2012 by the New Jersey Council for Young Children, were used to develop the program sequence and coursework (http://www.nj.gov/education/ece/guide/standards/birth/standards.pdf). (See Appendix B)

We have crafted this option so that students can begin the Early Childhood Education major and take 6 credits before making the decision of which option to continue. At that point, they can decide to complete the program option for:

• P-3 Certification
• Dual certification early childhood-elementary education P3-K6
• P-3 and Special Education Certification, or 
• Infant-Toddler Services 

Candidates will be able to complete the Early Childhood Education Major with a specialization in Infant-Toddler Services as their only major. Students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA for admission and to continue in the program. They will need to achieve a B- or better in all ECE courses and have an overall 3.0 grade point average for graduation. This grade point average reflects the minimum grade point average a potential candidate for NJ teacher certification would need to be eligible for certification. This would ensure that graduates of this program could pursue initial teacher certification at a later date if they so choose. 

General Education Prerequisites
ECE 212Human Development: Prenatal through Adolescence3
WGST 110Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures3
Phase I9
ECE 200Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 210Young Children's Development Behavior & Learning3
LTED 270Emerging Literacy at Home & School3
Phase II9
ECE 310Social and Emotional Development: Infant Mental Health for Practitioners3
ECE 325Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Settings3
ECE 315Infants and Toddlers: Curriculum and Programs3
ECE XXXEarly Intervention3
ECE XXXHealth, Safety & Nutrition3
ECE XXXDesign & Operation of Infant-Toddler Programs3
Phase IV9
ECE 331ECE Clinical Practice I2
ECE XXXGuiding Infant & Toddler Behavior3
ECE 460Working with Families of Young Children3
ECE 225Professional Dispositions in Urban Early Childhood Education1
Total 36
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
WGST 110 Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures 3
MATH 140 Statistics I 3
Tier I Seminar 1/4 3
Tier I Seminar 2/4 3
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
ECE 212 Human Development: Prenatal through Adolescence 3
Tier I Seminar 3/4 3
Tier I Seminar 4/4 3
Tier II Seminar 1/6 3
Semester 1
Tier II Seminar 2/6 3
Tier II Seminar 3/6 3
Tier II Seminar 4/6 3
ECE 200 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 210 Young Children's Development Behavior & Learning 3
Semester 2
ECE 310 Social and Emotional Development: Infant Mental Health for Practitioners 3
LTED 270 Emerging Literacy at Home & School 3
ECE 225 Professional Dispositions in Urban Early Childhood Education 1
Tier II Seminar 5/6 3
Tier II Seminar 6/6 3
Elective or Minor 3
Semester 1
ECE 315 Infants and Toddlers: Curriculum and Programs 3
Tier III Seminar Capstone 3
ECE XXXEarly Intervention 3
Electives or Minor 8
Semester 2
ECE 325 Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Settings 3
Electives or Minor 9
ECE XXXHealth, Safety, Nutrition 3
Semester 1
ECE 460 Working with Families of Young Children 3
ECE XXXDesign & Operation of Infant/Toddler Programs 3
Electives or Minor 12
Semester 2
ECE 331 ECE Clinical Practice I 2
ECE XXXGuiding Infant & Toddler Behavior 3
Electives or Minor 8
 Total Credits126
  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.