The B.S.E., Integrated Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education prepares competent, socially conscious, reflective teachers who understand the current issues and purposes of education. The integrated program with dual certification in elementary and special education provides students with extensive foundational knowledge about a broad range of learners, as well as opportunities for applied practice in diverse field settings. Candidates may also add on an early childhood certificate by requesting a field placement in PreK-2nd grade setting.
A Unique Approach
The elementary and special education programs are nationally recognized by their professional associations, the Association for Childhood Education International and the Council for Exceptional Children. The program provides students with the opportunity to earn a minimum of two teaching certifications in elementary and special education, and students may earn an additional certificate in early childhood.
Who Should Apply?
Students interested in seeking careers as PreK-8th grade teachers should apply to this program.
The B.S.E. in Integrated Elementary and Special Education + Early Childhood Education is a four-year undergraduate program with a minimum of 120 credits required for graduation. Students in the program select a full major from the College of Arts and Sciences and complete a general education sequence consisting of courses outside of professional education. Teaching majors, as defined by the New Jersey Department of Education are English, math, history, science (biology and environmental studies), world languages and fine arts. Majors, such as psychology, social and behavioral sciences, sociology, communications and others, may be taken; however, these types of majors are not considered to be teaching majors, and elementary teachers who have chosen these majors may not teach beyond fourth grade. For detailed program guidelines and curriculum, click here »
Program requirements include: (i) maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to take education courses and participate in fieldwork; (ii) earning a C or higher in all education courses, and (iii) passing the Praxis exam in elementary content knowledge prior to beginning the senior teaching experience.
The professional education sequence leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education and eligibility for endorsement as a teacher in specified areas, in the state of New Jersey. The sequence of courses is based upon the standards of the following national and professional associations:
As a result of these associations, the program offers a high-quality education that reflects best teaching practices as defined by the leading practitioners and researchers in the fields.
Field experience is required for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Candidates are required to complete four varied field internships (public, private, urban, suburban) connected to specific professional education courses prior to their senior clinical experience. Each internship is supervised by a trained representative from the College. During the senior clinical practice, students gradually plan and teach the entire class, with support and evaluation from a trained supervisor and their cooperating teachers. The Office of Field Placement and Supervision works with faculty and students to coordinate field experiences with courses, providing students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and practice skills.
Upon completion of the program, candidates are eligible for recommendation to the state of New Jersey for the Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) within their field of study. A passing score on the appropriate Praxis examination is also required for the CEAS. Under current New Jersey regulations, the candidate must then successfully serve as a provisionally endorsed teacher for one year before the state will grant a permanent certificate. All students are eligible for early childhood, elementary and special education certifications if the corresponding field placements are selected and the required Praxis exams are passed.
Graduates of the B.S.E. in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education program are working as special education and elementary school teachers in school districts throughout the tri-state area and around the country.