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About the Department

Focus on young learners, with the extensive training and education needed for early childhood or elementary teaching certification. Our fully accredited programs for initial certification at the undergraduate and graduate levels prepare exemplary teachers who inspire learners and shape communities. We also serve the education community through faculty research and professional development for teachers on campus and in schools.

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Professional Preparation

Early and sustained clinical experiences—including four semesters of field placements in local schools—ensure graduates are well prepared for the demands of teaching. These classroom experiences are framed by extensive professional development, from Praxis-prep workshops to conferences on topics like literacy integration and working with diverse families.

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Urban Education Program

Add an extra year and focus your studies on the urban classroom. This five-year option integrates specialized coursework with progressive fieldwork—from observation to full-time teaching—to reflect the rich cultures and languages of urban schools. Graduates earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as P–3 or K–6 and ESL certifications.

Service and Outreach

Engage directly with schools and communities, driving progress for children, through our extensive partnerships. Tutor a child. Mentor an after-school program. Join a student organization doing amazing work for local schools, from collecting classroom supplies to leading field day activities. Valuable lessons—for children and aspiring teachers—emerge from community engagement.

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Recent News / Events


  • April 12, 2016

    Jillian Manzo (Early Childhood Education/History '15, Phi Kappa Phi '15) has won the the New Jersey Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators award: Outstanding Early Childhood Student for 2015. The award was presented to Manzo by Dr. Louise Ammentorp at the Barbara Meyers Pelson '59 Panel on Faculty-Student Research Engagement on Wednesday, March 30th. At the Pelson...

  • February 10, 2016

    Jennifer Liang, a senior Early Childhood Education and Psychology Major recently presented at the United Nations as part of the CTUAN Conference. Ms. Liang worked with Dr. Madden through the MUSE program during the summer of 2015 to investigate early childhood environmental education. Dr. Hinitz encouraged Jennifer to submit a proposal to present at CTUAN....

  • November 17, 2015

    Congratulations to Michaela Curtis, Jaclyn Douglas, and Danielle Andreula!

  • November 11, 2015

      On November 5th and 6th, education students from Professors Maureen Nosal and Judith Winogron’s Math (MTT 202) and Science (MST 202) Teaching Methods courses (respectively) attended the 2015 NJEA Convention in Atlantic City. Most of these students attended as members of the NJ Student Education Association, which allowed them to take advantage of all of...

  • November 5, 2015

    The Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education will be sponsoring a Praxis II: Content Knowledge exam workshop focused on the needs of students taking the Elementary Education (5001) exam. Students will be able to ask any and all questions concerning the format and content of the exam. Tutoring sessions for the content areas...

  • October 21, 2015

      We're pleased to announce that three of our students (Rachel DiVanno, ELE/iSTEM; Briana Dioses, ECE Urban/WGS; and Mariah Scott, Special Education/Biology) have won The New Jersey Science Teachers Association's prestigious Doris White Scholarship Award at the NJ Science Convention (October 14-15, 2015). These students distinguished themselves by composing an original science lesson in accordance with...

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