Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

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

Program Coordinator

Johari Sykes-Ratliff

Program Advisor

Heather Dolbow
(856) 256-4761 ext. 64761

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.

Early Childhood Education: Program Guide for New First-Year Students (Effective Fall 2018)

Early Childhood Education Program Handbook

Early Childhood Clinical Practice Handbook 

Archive of Previous Program Guides

Important Program Notes:
Students are required to pass Praxis I (Reading - 175, Math - 174, and Writing- 173) by the conclusion of their sophomore level course. According to the new standards established by the New Jersey Department of Education, students entering their first benchmark (Sophomore Year) by April 1, 2014 must pass Praxis I or Praxis Core. After June 1, 2014, students will be required to pass Praxis Core. Praxis Core Tests are: Reading (Test # 5713) with a passing score of 156, Writing (Test # 5723) with a passing score of 162, and Mathematics (Test # 5733) with a passing score of 150).

A student must have passing Early Childhood Praxis II scores (159) on record with the Student Services Center, College of Education, at the time they submit their application for Clinical Practice.

Early Childhood Content Test number and passing scores have changed.

Clinical Practice Application Dates:
Fall Applications: will be accepted September 1-30th (a year prior to anticipated clinical)
Spring Applications: will be accepted April 1-30th (a year prior to anticipated Clinical)

Praxis II scores for Clinical for Fall are due no later than July 30th (prior to Clinical) and November 30th (prior) to their spring Clinical Practice.

Students apply for a Fall Clinical Practice the prior September (September 1- 30th). Students apply for Spring Clinical Practice the prior Spring (April 1-30th).

Student Benchmarks: In order to enter Junior Year Practicum Classes and Clinical Practice, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Education Professional Courses as well as a 3.0 Overall GPA in accord with the new New Jersey Department of Education standards. No grades lower than a C- is acceptable on a transcript. (No D'Äôs, F'Äôs or Incompletes are acceptable to enter Junior Year Practicum or Clinical Practice)

For more information regarding Praxis I, contact Education Testing Service at www.ets.org/praxis or Prometric at 1-800-853-6773.

Call the NJ Department of Education Customer Service Hotline at (609) 292-2045 for more information.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek advising from their Education Academic Advisor on a regular basis. Students are also encouraged to read all corresponding emails sent to them officially by their Advisor as well as the College of Education. Students can seek additional information relating to academics, volunteer opportunities, and careers at the College of Education Advising Center Facebook page.

Early Childhood Education Association:
Students are encouraged to participate in the Early Childhood Education Association, a chartered club through the Rowan University Student Government Association. Faculty Advisor to the association is Ms. Leah Walker.

Student Progress is tracked through the Rowan Success Network.

edTPA Information:

edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) assesses the teacher candidate’s ability to plan lessons, deliver instruction, and assess student learning in their clinical practice classroom. This culminating performance assessment, scored externally, consists of an electronic portfolio containing a variety of artifacts and evidence to demonstrate competence in these three areas (http://www.edtpa.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_AboutEdTPA.html).

edTPA is required by New Jersey's Department of Education for certification. The state has set the following scoring requirements. For more information please see the NJDOE edTPA information web page.

AY 2018-2019:

  • ​no minimum score, but the intern must receive a complete score (i.e., no more than one condition code per task)

AY 2019-2020:

  • ​Elementary Education (4 tasks/18 rubrics): 44
    • Early Childhood World Language (3 tasks/15 rubrics): 37
  • All others (3 tasks/18 rubrics): 44

<< Back to Top