Early childhood education is where the future of education lays… it is where the employment opportunities in teaching are…and it is where the chance to change the future becomes possible.
The Early Childhood program is a nationally recognized program that is offered 100% online; it is designed to provide expertise in creating developmentally appropriate assessment and instruction in literacy, language development, numeracy, and content areas, designing curriculum and collaborating with families and colleagues in preschool through grade 3 settings, with a strong focus on diverse cultural and linguistic settings.
You must be a certified teacher or hold a NJ Certificate of Eligibility (CE) Preschool Through Grade 3 (P-3) and be employed in a P-3 position requiring certification.
If you take and pass the Praxis II for Early Childhood Education while enrolled at Monmouth University, we will apply to the NJDOE for your endorsement for you after you have successfully completed your 13 credit course of study. For more information on the Praxis II, visit their web-site at www.ets.org/praxis
Our program is NCATE approved and is in direct alignment with all of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
Candidates for this program are certified teachers who wish to change the focus of their work to children in the early childhood years. There is an abundance of brain research that is pointing to the fact that the brain is most malleable when children are very young. Most of the architecture of the brain is done by the age of 5. We need to work with children and their parents to make the most of their very early years.
P-3 candidates are teachers are typically high-energy, very patient, and joyful individuals!
This is the program for you if you really want to change the world, one child at a time.
What is the new P-3 Certificate?
P-3 is the newest teaching certificate available in the State of New Jersey. This certificate covers preschool through grade 3.
Who needs the P-3 Certificate?
Anyone who is currently the lead teacher in a pre-school classroom in a child care center that has contracted with an Abbott district needs the P-3 certificate. Anyone who is not currently teaching, but would like to teach in a preschool setting in an Abbott district needs to receive the P-3 certificate. The only exception applies to persons holding the nursery school certificates and those licensed elementary school teachers who have had at least two years documented experience teaching pre-school under that elementary certificate. The P-3 certificate is also a valid certificate for teaching in preschool through third grade in non-Abbott districts.
What is the P-3 Specialized Pedagogy?
The P-3 specialized pedagogy is the formal instruction necessary to prepare candidates to teach at the P-3 level. This formal instruction includes broad topics of child development and learning, understanding the family, and curriculum and assessment.
Is there funding available?
Scholarships and tuition reimbursement funds are available through the New Jersey Professional Development Center for Early Care and Education for child care center teachers pursuing the P-3 certificate.
To apply, please call (908) 558-3920.
"Attending Monmouth University and being a part of the Early Childhood, P-3 program has been a wonderful experience for me. I learned a great deal about creating and implementing age appropriate curriculum, assessments, and managing behaviors during this crucial part of child development. The program gave me the confidence to collaborate with families and other professionals in the field today." Nicole Benak
"Monmouth University's Early Childhood program provided me with a hands-on learning experience that allowed me to see firsthand how young children learn through play, the importance of promoting independence, and how children construct their own knowledge using their five senses. This program enabled me to observe the importance of providing children with a safe, welcoming environment and taught me the skills needed to support young children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. As a result of my studies in this program, I feel confident that I have the knowledge and experience to work with young children!" Jennifer Rosenblum
For Information Contact:
Kerry Carley RizzutoInstructor and P-3 Program Coordinatorkrizzuto@monmouth.edu(732) 923-4619McAllan Hall, Office 128