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What You Learn

  • Examine well-researched theories of child development that support holistic growth and learning
  • Delve into best practices that recognize and respect the diversity of children and their families
  • Consider developmentally appropriate activities and how to use technology to enhance instruction for young learners
  • Discover self-assessment practices that increase the effectiveness of your teaching practice
  • Benefit from real-world fieldwork experience in public schools and early childhood centers
  • Explore a chosen content area/second major and earn the teacher of students with disabilities (TSD) endorsement


Jennifer Chen, Ed.D., Professor
Sehba Mahmood, Ph.D., Lecturer
Dina Rosen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Eleni Zgourou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

B.A. in Early Childhood Education - P-3/TSD

Earn the skills and knowledge to earn your P-3 teacher certification with a teacher of students with disabilities endorsement.

Curriculum Sheets and 4-Year Plans

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You need to come out of school with a set of skills that will give you confidence in your ability to change children's lives. Kean offered that to me, and I think that anybody who goes to Kean University will benefit just as greatly as I did."

Mark Mautone
2014 – 2015 New Jersey Teacher of the Year
2014-2015 New Jersey Teacher of the Year - Mark Mautone '02

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to live on campus, study abroad and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

Internships and Jobs

At Kean, we believe in helping all of our students find internships and jobs that support their career goals. Career services staff provide professional services and offer job fairs and networking events year-round.

Kean students gain real-world experience through internships. (Medical Technology)
Internships and Jobs

Study Abroad

Kean offers study abroad opportunities in many countries. Study at Wenzhou-Kean University in China for the cost of a semester at Kean USA.

Kean students in a gorgeous outdoor setting in Northern Ireland 2023
Study Abroad

Research and Community Service

Students have opportunities to conduct research in their area of interest, and take part in community service projects to benefit children and education.

Early Childhood Education students take part in school supplies drive
Research and Community Service
Kean University Academics

3 of 6

Half of the recent New Jersey Teacher of the Year winners are Kean alumni

Top 30%

Kean alumni are among the highest-paid teachers in the nation


Kean is home to New Jersey's first teachers college

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Kean's early childhood education program is approved by the state of New Jersey and accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children.

NAEYC ensures that the early childhood profession exemplifies excellence and is recognized as performing a vital role in society.

Since 1955, Kean’s College of Education has earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Notably, only one-third of the schools that produce teachers in the United States and New Jersey earn this accreditation.

CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Kean University Academics

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