The Early Childhood – (P–3) Specialist program will prepare certified teachers to obtain the P-3 endorsement as they learn the latest research and instructional practices in early childhood education. 

This 36-credit Master of Arts program also includes courses leading to a supervisor’s certificate.  Graduates will earn two different certificates (P-3 endorsement and a supervisor’s license) and increase their professional knowledge and potential for employment. Obtaining a supervisor’s license in New Jersey requires candidates to have a master’s degree and three (3) successful years of teaching. Presenting a standard teaching certificate or a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam are requirements of admission.

Courses previously taken for an elementary certificate may be used towards the P-3 certification.  They may not be used towards the MACT degree if they were previously part of a completed MA.  Transcripts will be reviewed by the program director and the School of Education’s certification officer.

Degree Plan

Required Courses – (18 credits)

  • EDUC6584   Computers as a Teacher’s Aid: Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDUC6702   Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC6703   Supervision of Instruction & Personnel Evaluation
  • EDUC6718   Curriculum/Program Evaluation and Student Assessment 
  • EDUC6704   Change: Curriculum Development & Program Improvement 
  • EDUC7675   Master’s Seminar in Early Childhood Education

Courses for Supervisor License  – 12 credits

  • EDUC6704 Change: Curriculum Development & Program Improvement   
  • EDUC6718 Curriculum/Program Evaluation and Student Assessment 
  • EDUC6703 Supervision of Instruction & Personnel Evaluation
  • EDUC6702 Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Practice

Courses Required for P-3 Certification  – (12 credits)

  • EDUC6818     Language Development & Literacy I
  • EDUC6851     Child Development from Birth to Age Eight
  • EDUC6852     Curriculum Development and Assessment for the Preschool to 3rd Grade Classroom
  • EDUC6853     Family and Community in Education

Additional courses required for MA Degree – (6 credits)

  • EDUC6740 Introduction to Students with Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • EDUCXXXX Approved Elective
Contact Information
School of Education
Linnette Graham
201-692-2862

Course Descriptions