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Department of Elem & Early Child Educ

Professors: H. An, A. Coletta, H. Seplocha, J. Strasser

Associate Professors: S. Mankiw, J. Rosenthal, R. Verdicchio, L. Warner, L. Weiland (chair)

Assistant Professors: A. Dobrick, V. Fantozzi, L. Fattal, D. Fuentes

Instructors: G. Schwartz

The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education offers teacher education programs leading to eligibility for initial state certification. Each major in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education is a 30-36 credit sequence of courses that qualifies the candidate to become eligible for certification as a teacher. The four options in the department are:

  • Elementary K-6. This program prepares candidates to teach all of the core curriculum content in the elementary school, kindergarten through grade 6.
  • Elementary K-6 with 5-8 endorsement. This program prepares candidates to teach all the core curriculum content in kindergarten through grade 6, and a subject field specialization in grades 5-8.
  • Early Childhood P-3. This program prepares candidates to teach all of the core curriculum content in the preschool through grade 3.
  • Early Childhood P-3 and K-6. This dual certification program prepares candidates to teach all the core curriculum content in the preschool through grade 6.

An endorsement in Bilingual education (12 credits) may be added to any one of the above education majors.

An endorsement in ESL education(15 credits) may be added to any one of the above education majors.

In addition, the department works with the Department of Special Education and Counseling to provide elementary education majors with the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) endorsement. This endorsement is available as a concentration for the K-6 program. Candidates wishing to pursue an additional endorsement for middle school (5-8) must take required coursework in addition to the K6/TSD program (see Department of Special Education and Counseling for a description of this program). All students seeking any of the above teacher certification(s) are required to have two majors — one in either elementary or early childhood education and one in a liberal arts or science area offered by other colleges within the University. Lists of majors offered by the University and the corresponding teaching certificates appear below.


University Core Curriculum
All students must complete the UCC requirements as prescribed by the University and as outlined elsewhere in this catalog. Selection of specific courses should be made with an advisor. It is suggested that areas 1-3 of the UCC be completed prior to the practicum semester, which is generally the first semester of the senior year.

Liberal Arts or Science Academic Majors
All students must complete a dual major in an appropriate liberal arts or science area (listed below), in addition to their education major. Once the dual majors are declared, students obtain advisement primarily from their education advisor, as well as from liberal arts or science degree programs(if needed).

For early childhood or elementary education majors seeking P-3 and/or K-6 certification, the following liberal arts or science majors are acceptable:

  • Africana-World Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art: History, Studio, Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Communication: Interpersonal, Journalism
  • English: Literature, Writing
  • Latin American Studies
  • Integrated Math and Science(15 credits in each subject area are required for each middle school subject field endorsement)
  • Liberal Studies in Humanities and Social Science (select areas only)
  • Mathematics, Applied Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Science (biology, chemistry, earth, environmental)
  • Social Studies (geography, history, political science)
  • Sociology: General Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • World Languages (Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish)

For students seeking the middle school endorsement (5-8 on the K-6 certificate), the following academic majors are acceptable:

  • English (literature, writing)
  • Integrated Math and Science
  • Liberal Studies Humanities and Social Science (select areas only)
  • Mathematics, Applied Mathematics
  • Sciences (biology, chemistry, earth, environmental)
  • Social Studies (geography, history, political science)
  • World Languages (French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese)

Transfer Students

It will be assumed that students who enter William Paterson with an AA or AS degree earned since 2005 from a New Jersey community college have met the general education requirements of the University. However, each education major has directed electives that are required. It is expected that all courses and field experiences in the professional preparation program will be completed at the University. Transfer credits in education are generally not accepted for courses taken toward an associate's degree, unless a specific articulation agreement has been reached with the two-year college. Limited transfers or substitutions of professional courses from other colleges are accepted only from NCATE-accredited institutions and must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the department chairperson for approval.


To be eligible for certification in early childhood and elementary education, candidates must complete a prescribed teacher education major. This professional preparation program is an intensive one in the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching that culminates in a full-semester, senior year, teaching internship in a school system. Teacher candidates must complete their studies with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 both in their Education major as well as their overall GPA.

All certification candidates must take and pass the appropriate PRAXIS II exam(s) before entering the student teaching semester. Information regarding PRAXIS examinations is available from the Office of Educational Enrollment and Certification, 1600 Valley Road, room 4113. For the K-5 certificate, the Praxis II for Elementary Content Knowledge is required. For the P-3 certificate, the Praxis II exam in Early Childhood Content Knowledge is required. The Praxis II for the middle school subject specialization is required in addition to the elementary content knowledge test for the 5-8 endorsement. Candidates must take and pass all required Praxis exams for their program of study prior to their student teaching semester. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure the University has received all Praxis score information according to the required timelines. Information and registration for the PRAXIS II exams are available online at www.ets.org. The test codes and required pass scores can be found at www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/cert/nj_licensure_and_praxis_exam_information.dot

Please note that pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:11-5.1, candidates successfully completing one of the professional program sequences, as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II Examination(s), are issued a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) that permits them to seek employment in New Jersey requiring instructional certification. Subsequently, a provisional certificate is issued to a student who receives and accepts a documented offer of employment. The standard (permanent) certificate will later be issued to an individual who serves for one year under the provisional certificate and is recommended as "approved" by the hiring district.

Other Requirements for Elementary and Early Childhood Majors

Achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher to begin and continue in education courses. Demonstrate professional and personal dispositions consistent with the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and other Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs). Successfully complete (with a C or better) ANTH 2020 Foundations for Teaching: Anthropology of Education and PSY 2100 Developmental Psychology. Pass the College of Education Writing Assessment and complete the Speech and Hearing Assessments.

In order to enter the last two semesters of the major, the practicum semester and the student teaching semester, a student must:

  • Complete Speech, Language and Hearing Assessments.
  • Pass the PRAXIS Core Battery(Academic Skills for Educators Exam).
  • Successfully complete Math 1100 and Math 1110 or higher level math course and all general education courses before beginning the practicum semester.
  • Apply to the Office of Field Experiences by October 15 for placement the following fall and by March 15 for placement the following spring. Applications and the accompanying biographical data form are available from the Office of Field Experiences and on their website: wpunj.edu/coe/Departments/OFE/ofehome.htm.
  • Hold a New Jersey substitute teaching license. Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the education major courses, with at least a C in each education course, in order to student teach.
  • Take and pass the appropriate Praxis II exam(s) by August 1 to student teach in the fall semester and by January 1 to student teach in the spring semester.

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