Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

B.A. in Early Childhood Education (P-3)

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.

Program Coordinator

Program Advisor

Karen-Joy Schultz, M.Ed.

Heather M. Hasson, MA

Early Childhood Education: Program Guide for New First-Year Students

Early Childhood Education Program Handbook

Early Childhood Clinical Practice Handbook

Important Program Notes:

Students are required to pass Praxis Core by April 30th for Fall entry into professional courses.

Students are required to pass Praxis Core by November 15th for Spring entry into professional courses.

Praxis Core Tests can be taken both combined or one subject at a time.

The combined test code is #5752.

Individual tests are :

  • Reading (#5713) with a passing score of 156
  • Writing (#5723) with a passing score of 162
  • Mathematics (#5733) with a passing score of 150.

Clinical Practice Application Dates:

Students must apply for Spring and Fall Clinical Practice.

Clinical Practice applications open one year prior to the start of the student’s Residency year.

Spring starters must submit between April 1 and September 15 of the year prior and Fall starters must submit between November 1 and February 1 of the year prior.

Praxis II scores are due no later than April 30th prior to their Fall Clinical Practice and November 15th prior to their spring Clinical Practice.

Student Transition Points:

To enter professional courses and Clinical Practice year courses, a student must maintain a 3.0 professional GPA in their Education courses as well as a 3.0 overall GPA in accordance with New Jersey Department of Education standards.

Passing Praxis Core and Praxis II scores must be on file by the posted deadline to move into professional courses and Clinical Practice year courses, respectively.

No grades lower than a C- is acceptable on a transcript. No D’s, F’s, or Incompletes are acceptable to enter professional courses and Clinical Practice year courses.

For more information regarding Praxis Core, contact Education Testing Service at www.ets.org/praxis.

The NJ Department of Education can be reached at 609-376-3500.


Students are strongly encouraged to seek advising from their Academic Advisor on a regular basis. Students are also encouraged to read all corresponding emails sent to them by their Advisor as well as the College of Education.

Early Childhood Education Club:

Students are encouraged to participate in the Early Childhood Education Club, a chartered club through the Rowan University Student Government Association. For more information, contact Ms. Leah Walker, Advisor, at walkerl@rowan.edu