B.A. in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Major: P-3 and P-3 TSD (Teachers of Students with Disabilities) for Students Entering William Paterson University at Mercer County Community College

Students who graduate with an A.A. or A.S. degree from Mercer County Community College can now complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from WPU on the MCCC campus. After successfully completing the early childhood major and a second liberal arts major in psychology or liberal studies, students can qualify for the Preschool through Third Grade (P-3) certification with or without the TSD endorsement.

Certification requirements include passing the Praxis II exam: Early Childhood Education: Content Knowledge (Test code: 5025) and the EdTPA (Teaching Performance Assessment).

Entering students must have completed the A.A. or A.S. degree since January 1, 2005. Six credits of education courses from MCCC’s A.A. in Education are accepted towards the major (EDU102 and  EDU109). Students must have two college-level math courses, two science courses, and two history courses (one American) to complete the major and must meet all WPU graduation requirements, including six credits of foreign language to be taken at MCCC. For the second liberal arts major, students can select Psychology or Liberal Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences with a concentration in any two of the following—English, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

The Early Childhood Education majors offered consist of 30-40 credits, depending on the option selected. Both majors include two supervised practicum placements in neighboring school districts (first, one full day a week and then, two full days a week), followed by a full-time clinical teaching experience. Every student will have both urban and suburban field experiences at a range of grade levels. Completion in three semesters is dependent upon the number of credits the student takes each semester, transfer courses, summer work, and the selected second liberal arts major.

Students are eligible for substitute teaching licenses once they have completed 60 college credits. Community college students should begin the process of applying for a substitute teaching license when they are in their final semester of courses at the community college (even before they complete the required 60 credits). They can apply to any public school district office where they would consider substitute teaching. They must complete an application and then make arrangements to be fingerprinted. Fees associated with the application include approximately $75.00 for fingerprinting and approximately $125 for the license.

Please note: Students entering into the Early Childhood Education majors must successfully pass the Praxis 1 Core requirement which includes exams in the disciplines of reading, math and writing. Successfully completing the Praxis 1 Core is a state requirement that must be satisfied before any education courses may be taken at WPU@MCCC. It is recommended that the Praxis I CORE be taken immediately. Sign up at www.ets.org.

ADMISSION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD MAJOR

Before a student can take the first education courses at WPU@MCCC, the following must be completed:

  • Successfully complete EDU109 and EDU102 at MCCC.
  • Successfully complete PSY2100 Developmental Psychology (Mercer PSY206) with a minimum grade of C.
  • Pass the Praxis I CORE Academic Skills for Educators Praxis (test code: 5751).
  • Enroll in an appropriate liberal arts or sciences program.
  • Achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher at WPU@MCCC.

CONTINUING IN THE MAJOR

  • Successfully complete all prerequisite courses: two college-level math courses, two science courses (including one lab course), two history courses (at least one American history), 6 credits foreign language (two sequential semesters; American Sign Language is acceptable), ANTH2020 (Mercer's SOC104) with a minimum grade of a C before beginning the CIEC3000 practicum.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the selected early childhood major with at least a C in each major course.
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program.
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in your education courses.
  • Apply for a substitute teacher’s license as soon as 60 credits are completed. Obtain the license before Early Childhood Field Experience (CIEC2000).
  • The CIEC3000 Practicum Package and Clinical Experience (Semesters II and III) should be the last two semesters before graduation.
  • Before the final clinical experience, candidates must have 3.0 GPA in their education major and must have passed all the Early Childhood: Content Knowledge (test code 5025) Praxis II (Visit www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/cert/index.html for current Praxis code numbers).
  • It is the student’s responsibility to submit a copy of the Praxis results to the University. Passing Praxis II scores must be received by the Office of Field Experiences by August 1st to complete the clinical experience in the fall semester and by January 1st, in the spring semester. 
  • Candidates must apply for the field experiences (CIEC2000, CIEC3000, and EDUC4140) in advance. Field experience applications are due to the Office of Field Experiences two semesters before the placement (October 15th and March 15th). Field placements are determined by WPU. You cannot be placed in an employment site, in a town where you live, or in a town where you went to school. Applications and directions are available at: http://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/field/applications.html
  • Candidates are not permitted to enroll in more than one additional course during the clinical experience semester.
  • The WPU email is the official method of communication. Do not use other emails to contact WPU faculty and staff.

Please contact the Early Childhood Program Directors at Mercer- Dr. Ranita Cheruvu (cheruvur@wpunj.edu), Dr. Soyoun Bae-Suh (baesuhs@wpunj.edu) or the Department Chair of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Dr. Linnea Weiland (weilandl@wpunj.eduwith any questions about the program.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD MAJOR-- P-3 AT WPU@MCCC

Prior to Education Course

Semester I*

Semester II

Semester III

Take courses in second major and other required prerequisites, Take and pass the Praxis I CORE.

Pre-req: Completion of required courses from MCCC; passing scores on all three section of the Praxis I CORE, substitute teaching license and 3.0 GPA

Pre-req: Semester I courses and all required prerequisite courses

Pre-req: Semester II courses; passing score on PRAXIS II exam in Early Childhood Education (5025)

 

9 credits

 9 credits

 9 credits

 

CIEC2000 Field Experience I - (Supervised 1 day per week field experience & seminar)  1 credit

CIED2130 Technology and Assessment – 3 credits

CIEC3220 Early Childhood Environments and the Arts  2 credits

CIEC3120 Language and Literacy  3 credits 

EDUC4140 Clinical Practices I (Supervised 3 days/week in field) – 1 credit

CIED3140 Professional Learning Seminar 1-2 credit(s)

CIEC3300 Language Arts & Social Studies Methods/Assess.  3 credits

CIEC3510 Math & Science in Early Childhood Education – 3 credits

EDUC4240 Clinical Practices II (5 days/ week in field) – 6 credits

CIED3240 Professional Learning Seminar II – 3 credits

 

NOTE: It is recommended that candidates take the Praxis II in Early Childhood Content Knowledge during or after this semester. (Test code 5025)

NOTE: Praxis II must be passed be taken before this semester and passed before the final semester.

 NOTE: EdTPA is completed and submitted for assessment during this semester.

*Pending state approval of the revisions to the early childhood programs.        

 

 EARLY CHILDHOOD MAJOR – P-3/TSD AT WPU@MCCC

Prior to Education Course

Semester I*

Semester II

Semester III

Take courses in second major and other required prerequisites, Take and pass the Praxis I CORE.

Pre-req: Completion of required courses from MCCC; passing scores on all three section of the Praxis I CORE, substitute teaching license and 3.0 GPA

Pre-req: Semester I courses and all required prerequisite courses

Pre-req: Semester II courses; passing score on PRAXIS II exam in Early Childhood Education (5025)

 

 14 credits

 13 credits

 12 credits

 

CIEC2000 Field Experience I - (Contains supervised 1 day per week field experience & seminar)  1 credit

CIED2130 Technology and Assessment- 3 credits

CIEC 3220 Early Childhood Environments and the Arts  2 credits

CIEC3120 Language and Literacy  3 credits

ECSP3030 Assistive and Adaptive Technology in EC – 3 credits

ECSP3050 Positive Behavior Supports – 2 credits

EDUC4140 Clinical Practices I (3 days/week in field) – 1 credit

CIED3140 Professional Learning Seminar – I - 2 credit(s)

CIEC3300 Language Arts & Social Studies Methods/Assess.  3 credits

CIEC3510 Math & Science in Early Childhood Education – 3 credits

ECSP3040 Instructional Strategies – 2 credits

ECSP3060 Assessment in EC – 2 credits

EDUC4240 Clinical Practices II (5 days/ week in field) – 6 credits

CIED3240 Professional Learning Seminar II – 3 credits

ECSP3020 Family, Schools and Community Supports – 3 credits

 

 

NOTE: It is recommended that candidates take the Praxis II in Early Childhood Content Knowledge during or after this semester. (Test code 5025)

NOTE: Praxis II must be passed be taken before this semester and passed before the final semester.

NOTE: EdTPA is completed and submitted for assessment during this semester.

*Pending state approval of the revisions to the early childhood programs.          

Faculty Contact Information for Early Childhood Education for WPU at Mercer 

 

Dr. Ranita Cheruvu

609.570.3413/973.720.3086

cheruvur@wpunj.edu

Dr. Linnea Weiland (Department Chair)

973.720.2331

WeilandL@wpunj.edu