Early Childhood Education Diploma Programs in New Jersey

New Jersey has six schools that offer early childhood education degree programs. Learn about three of those degree programs, including tuition info and program options for these schools, to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Students who want to begin a career in early childhood education must become licensed and certified in the field. While diploma programs are rare, there are a few colleges and universities in New Jersey that offer relevant associate's and bachelor's degree programs that prepare individuals for this career path.

Once enrolled, students must complete field experiences and student teaching seminars as well as coursework. Short overviews of three New Jersey schools and their offerings can be found below. Also included is a comparison table with tuition and school information at a glance.

Bergen Community College

An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Early Childhood Education can be earned at this community college's main campus in Paramus, New Jersey. This 4-semester program is made up of 65-66 credits in general and child psychology, the importance of health and fitness, creating and teaching coursework, early childhood teaching methods and parenting children under six. Basic English, math, science and language arts courses are required, corresponding to several elective courses and subjects relating to family unit sociology and early educational development in infants and toddlers. This program is intended to prepare students for employment immediately after completion.

Felician College

Felician College in Lodi offers a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Early Childhood (P-3). This state-approved teacher education program requires between 107 and 108 credit hours. Students can expect courses in curriculum development, educational psychology, communication and children's literature. In addition, a variety of field experiences and seminars in student teaching are required.

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Located in Wayne, this university's College of Education offers two certification programs specializing in early childhood education (ECE). Certificates of Eligibility with Advanced Standing are issued once a special examination is passed and the coursework is satisfied, allowing the certificate holder to find employment in the state of New Jersey. Both certification programs require students to have dual-majors in ECE and an area of science or liberal arts.

Coursework for the Early Childhood Education Certification Preschool through Third Grade Major (P-3) program entails practical teaching methods in ECE, classroom settings and the use of technology among children in the third grade and below. Lesson planning and assessment techniques for subjects in English, art, math and science are included in the core curriculum and observed through hours of fieldwork. The final semester of the program requires a student teaching internship and makes up 30% of the credits needed for completion.

The Early Childhood P-3 and Kindergarten through Fifth Grade (K-5) Dual Certification program is four semesters long. It is for students looking to become educators in pre-school and grades 1-5. The first two semesters focus on early education practices and introducing general education subjects to P-3 children. Semesters three and four relate to teaching methods for K-5 and application of general study subjects. Individual teaching techniques are taught to include children who have learning disabilities or speak another language; modification of lessons and assessment of growth are incorporated. The student teaching internship is the final step in earning the dual certification.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Early Childhood Education Degree Programs Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Bergen Community College Two-year; public; large suburb Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Services - Early Childhood Education $4,278 in-district; $7,686 in-state; $8,046 out-of-state*
Felician College Four-year; private not-for-profit; large suburb Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Elementary Education and Early Childhood (P-3) $31,235*
William Paterson University of New Jersey Four-year; public; large suburb Early Childhood Education Certification Preschool through Third Grade Major (P-3),
Early Childhood P-3 and Kindergarten through Fifth Grade (K-5) Dual Certification
$12,365 in-state; $20,125 out-of-state*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

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