Early Childhood Education (M.A.)
A strong early childhood education is a crucial building block for a child's future.
Kean’s early childhood education master’s program prepares students to be instructional leaders who deliver a robust educational experience to their students in preschool through third grade (P-3), and prepare children for a life of learning.
At Kean, our students learn the skills they need to be successful leaders of educational programs serving young children and their families.
Kean also offers options for certification and endorsement. The P-3 Alternate Route program is available for those who hold a non-education degree but want to become certified to teach children in preschool through third grade. The P-3 Endorsement is designed for certified teachers seeking to specialize in early childhood education.
I think the program is helpful and engaging; the courses and professors are preparing me for having my own classroom. The fact that you can work full-time, while also being in the program, is very helpful."
At Kean, we believe learning and professional growth extend far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities, internships and more that we offer to advance your career and set the stage for continued success.
All of the students are really open. Everyone shares their professional experience. That's how you really get teaching under your belt, is through experience. The faculty are great, they're understanding and approachable, and they share their own personal experiences."
Early childhood programs are approved by the State of New Jersey and are NAEYC (National Association of Education of Young Children) accredited.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
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