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Early Childhood Graduate Programs

P-3 Endorsement

By pursuing your Early Childhood Education endorsement through Monmouth University’s 24-credit program, you’ll benefit from a nationally recognized and accredited program designed to give you the expertise you need to assess and teach children in preschool through third grade. Monmouth’s Early Childhood Education graduate endorsement is for certified teachers who have a standard teaching endorsement in another teaching area or who hold a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility (CE) Preschool through Grade 3 (P-3).

After completing the 24-credit P-3 endorsement, a student can add two classes, or 6 credits, to fulfill the M.Ed. degree requirement. Those classes are: EDL 536 – Curriculum Development and Design; and ED 626 – Assessment Practice Now and When.

The endorsement is offered through an entirely online format. It’s possible to complete the program in just one year by taking two courses each semester (fall and spring) and four classes over the summer.

Earning the P-3 endorsement opens up a world of new employment opportunities. You will be qualified to work as a:

  • Pre-school teacher in a public or private school
  • Childcare center director
  • Family support specialist
  • Parent educator
  • Early childhood consultant

Application deadlines for this program are May 1 for Summer, July 15 for Fall, and December 1 for Spring. View Program Application Requirements.

Photo of Kerry Carley-Rizzuto, Ed.D.

Kerry Carley-Rizzuto, Ed.D.

Associate Professor;
Early Childhood;
P-3 MEd Program Director

Phone: 732-923-4619

Early Childhood (P-3) Graduate Programs

Comprehensive Program

The program 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.

Monmouth University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

P-3 Coursework

The P-3 specialized pedagogy is the formal instruction necessary to prepare you to teach at the P-3 level. This formal instruction includes broad topics of child development and learning, understanding the family, and early childhood curricula and assessment. Our rigorous graduate endorsement in Early Childhood Education program includes important coursework to advance your understanding of P-3 education. Topics of study will include:

  • Early childhood family, school and community collaboration in a diverse society
  • Early childhood curricula for inclusive environments
  • Early childhood development and learning
  • Early literacy and language development

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 24-credit course of study. For more information on the Praxis II, visit their web-site.