The Department of Childhood Studies-Division of Early Childhood Education
The Center for Children and Childhood Studies
325 Cooper Street, Room 201
Contact: Angela Connor or Ingrid Campbell at 856-225-6739
This program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a career as an early childhood practitioner or administrator, serving children birth through age 8. The Division for Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Rutgers-Camden offers two academic tracks:
1) practitioner and 2) administrator. Students may also successfully complete their New Jersey Early Childhood Administrators Credential and/or the New Jersey State Infant/Toddler Credential as part of their academic program. Through an innovative partnership, coursework is also available through our partner institution, Camden County College. Fundamental to the program is recognition that children's needs are primary. Child advocacy guides all aspects of the program. The Rutgers-Camden ECE program acknowledges and nurtures sensitivity to children, cultures, and communities.
Pursuant to NJAC 6A:9, students who successfully complete the preservice preparation requirements and have a positive recommendation by the faculty will be recommended for teacher certification for prekindergarten through grade 3 (P-3), as part of our collaboration with the Rutgers-Camden Teacher Preparation Program.
New first-year students who meet university admissions standards are eligible for admission to degree programs offered by the Department of Childhood Studies. Transfer students wishing to enter the Division of Early Childhood Education must be in good standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher if they have completed less than 30 semester hours of credit or a GPA of 2.25 if they have 30 semester hours or more. All students wishing to enter the Division of Early Childhood Education must schedule an interview with division staff at 856-225-6739.
To remain in the Division of Early Childhood Education, a student must make satisfactory academic progress toward the degree. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress may be placed on academic probation or be removed from the division. In addition, students must achieve a grade of C or better in all early childhood education courses.
Admission to ECE Practicum
Applications for admission to the ECE practicum are available in the Division for Early Childhood Education, Room 201. Admission to the internship occurs in two phases. For the initial admission into the internship, a student must:
1. be admitted to the Division of Early Childhood Education;
2. achieve a continuing GPA of 2.25 or higher overall;
3. achieve a GPA of 2.75 or higher in all ECE coursework with no grade lower than C; and
4. successfully complete a health screening and the criminal background check that is required for adults working with children in the state of New Jersey.
Core Courses-Early Childhood Concentration Required (9)
50:070:308 Childhood and Culture
50:163:391 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Environments
50:830:226 Psychology of Childhood
Practitioner Track Courses Required (9)
50:163:392 Designing an Early Childhood Environment
(CCC) HSR 133 Curriculum Development I
(CCC) HSR 139 Behavior Management in ECE
Administrator Track Courses Required (13)
50:163:395 Director's Academy
50:163:396 Leadership through Mentoring Practice in ECE*
50:163:397 Management and Budgetary Practice in ECE*
50:163:398 Principles of Effective Supervision in ECE*
(*These three courses make up the NJ ECE Administrators Credential.)
Additional ECE Courses
|Rutgers-Camden||Camden County College|
|Infant Toddler Mental Health||Children's Health|
|Sociology of the Family||Quantitative Concepts: Preschool|
|History of Childhood in America||Creative Art: ECE|
|Literature of Childhood||Social Studies and Science: Preschool|
|Family Ethics||Language Arts and Emergent Literacy|
|Sociology of Education|