Welcome to the advisement page of the 
Early Childhood Undergraduate Program.  

The Early Childhood and Family Studies (ECFS) program is based on well researched theories of child development and reflects the position document on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC, 2009). Upon graduation, students are qualified for two New Jersey certifications (Preschool through grade 3, P-3) and Kindergarten through grade five, K-5). Career opportunities include teaching and guiding children in infant and child care centers, pre-kindergarten programs, and primary through fifth-grade classrooms.

All Early Childhood courses are available on the Union Campus.  Many are offered online and some at the Ocean Campus. (List of Early childhood courses

Early Childhood courses are only available to students who have been admitted to the ECFS program as a declared major (How do I seek admission as a declared major?)  

You will have three supervised field experiences. Click on each link below to learn more: 

Students majoring in early childhood education must also choose a liberal arts or science major, as a second major.  This is a NJ state requirement for all education majors. More on how to choose a second major.

Students must pass the Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge Exam to qualify for K-5 certification and the Praxis II Early Childhood Exam to qualify for the P-3 certification.  Prior to student teaching (EC 4400) students must pass both of these Praxis II exams. Learn more about the Praxis I and II exams

For information specific to your situation, please click on links below

ECFS offers:

  • A Dual Certification for the State of New Jersey: P-3 and K-5 (Undergraduate) and P-3 Certification (Graduate).
  • A faculty of dedicated professionals in the field of Early Childhood care and education with flexible faculty office hours that meet students’ needs.
  • A variety of Early Childhood settings in which to do your fieldwork.
  • A selection of courses offered in the day, evening, and online via the Internet.