Dr. Linnea Weiland
Program Coordinator, Department of Graduate Admissions
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Concentration: Alternate Route Initial Certification Early Childhood: P-3 Specialized Alternate Route Program Preschool through Grade 3 (P-3)
August 1st: Fall semesterDecember 1st: Spring semesterMay 1st: Summer semester*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis*International students are advised to apply by:April 1st: Fall (September intake)November 1st: Spring (January intake)December 1st: Summer (May intake)
All courses are offered in the evening.
Most students complete the courses in one year, taking one course in the summer and two courses plus practicum during both fall and spring semesters
Students must take and pass Praxis II, Early Childhood Content Knowledge; hold a CE to take practicum/seminar credits; and be employed as a teacher (however students may begin coursework, up to 9 credits, as a non-degree graduate student while they are awaiting their CE,).
All courses except the practicum/seminar are part of the 33-credit MEd program in early childhood education. Students who wish to continue to complete their master’s degree, can apply for graduate admissions at the end of P-3 coursework. If accepted in to the master’s program, students can apply the 15 credits of P-3 coursework to the master’s program with an early childhood concentration.
Candidates apply to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for a certificate of eligibility (CE) for P-3. Effective September 2009, NJDOE also requires completion of a 24-hour, specialized P-3 training program prior to issuing a CE. When the 24-hour specialized training and upon review of your undergraduate transcripts, NJDOE will issue you a CE (in two to four months) if you meet the GPA requirements and have an academic/science major and pass the appropriate test as required by the state.
The CE allows you to seek employment with a public school or approved non-public school. When the certificate holder accepts an offer of employment, the district/school must register the employment to the Office of Professional Development (609-984-6377) and request issuance of a provisional license. This one-year license allows the holder to begin working in the classroom and legalizes employment. It signifies that the applicant holds a CE and has accepted an offer of employment. In addition, it signifies that the employing school district or approved non-public school has registered the applicant in the Provisional Teacher Program and agreed to provide the required support and supervision.
Special note: While some non-public schools or child development centers will employ you without a CE in hand, you must have a CE in order to complete the specialized alternate route courses and the provisional teacher mentoring and evaluation.
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
*Note bullet 1 and 2 above may be waived if the student holds a NJDOE Certificate of Eligibility for P-3
William Paterson University
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Wayne, New Jersey 07470