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B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities

About the Program

The Early Childhood and Elementary Education (K-6) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) program candidates engage in real-world experiences by spending time in the classroom and learning how to navigate the needs of young children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and young children with disabilities.

Additionally, candidates gain hands-on experience teaching in a resource room, self-contained setting, or a general education inclusive classroom, and will receive instruction in Math, English, Science, and Social Studies in preparation of the required PRAXIS for certification.

They will also work with children, adolescents, and practicing professionals during their field experiences, and complete student teaching, which provides students with practical applications of knowledge they can use in the classroom.

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Foundations of Special Education: Development Across the Lifespan
  • Teaching English Language Learners in Mainstream Classroom
  • Family Partnerships in Early Childhood Settings
  • Assessment Approaches, P-12

Student Outcomes

Our students have gone on to have successful careers in education with the assistance of Monmouth University’s extensive network of local school and district partnerships. At Monmouth, students are introduced to a variety of teaching environments and work with a diverse group of individuals, and small and large groups of students, making them more marketable upon graduation.

Undergraduate Research & Internships

Monmouth University students are immersed in the classroom as early as sophomore year and will have supervised clinical experience including 100 hours in the classroom.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the study abroad, Clinical Component Courses, Fieldwork for Clinical Experience and Component, Clinical Practice, applying for substitute teaching credentials, and our collaborative P-12 School Partnerships.

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Jason Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chair

Curriculum and Instruction

Robert E. McAllan Hall, 218