Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Dual Certification

Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Dual Certification

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Post-Baccalaureate Dual Certification





Next Classes Start

January 22, 2024

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Program at a Glance

This 27-credit, fully accredited program provides standard New Jersey certification in preK–3 (early childhood) and K–6 (elementary) education through a year of immersive study that includes both part-time and full-time clinical experiences. Once you complete the program, you can apply for the New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing and take three more graduate courses to earn a TCNJ Master of Education. The program is under review and pending approval from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Program Coordinator : Arti Joshi, ajoshi@tcnj.edu


  • full time: 1 year


  • Hybrid


  • early childhood education
  • elementary dducation


  • courses


  • credits


  • per credit

Who Should Pursue This Program?

If you’re exploring a career change to elementary or early childhood education in New Jersey but don’t have your teaching license, this program is perfect for you. Enter with the bachelor’s degree you already hold and exit with the teaching certification you need to make a career out of inspiring young learners.

Engaged Faculty

Learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are fully engaged with their students. Your professor knows your name and teaches all of your classes. You won’t find any TAs here.

Extensive Network

Study alongside peers with solid education experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts in their field, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.

For your application to be considered complete, you must submit the online application as well as all supplemental documents.

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We consider applications on a space-available basis. You can apply up to and including the first day of the semester.

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The Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE) provides program details including curriculum, and FAQs.

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We offer the same tuition rates no matter where you live. And there are a range of financial aid and assistantship options for TCNJ graduate students.

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The College of New Jersey School of Education is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

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