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What You Learn

You become well-versed in promoting child development and learning.

  • Develop leadership skills to make you a successful director, head teacher, administrator or supervisor of early childhood education
  • Master advanced curriculum and teaching for young children, in theory and practice
  • Find out how to create positive partnerships with families, and build family and community relationships
  • Gain knowledge of how to observe, document, and assess children
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum, and use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
  • Understand the importance of play in young children’s development and learning

Your training will prepare you for a career as a leader in the field of early childhood education.

Application Deadlines
Fall: June 30
Spring: December 1

Admission Requirements

Early Childhood Education - Advanced Curriculum & Teaching (M.A.)

Program Coordinator:
Professor Robert Messano

Phone: (908) 737-0301

Early Childhood Education – P-3 Endorsement (Cert.)

Program Coordinator:
Professor Robert Messano

Phone: (908) 737-0301

Non-Degree Alternate Route

Program Coordinator:
Ms. Ethel Eaddy Thomas
Phone: (908) 737-3802

Outside of Residence Hall Building

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."

Allison Ingram, Early Childhood Education Alternate Route Program
Just landed first full-time job as a preschool teacher in a public school district
Early Childhood Education graduate student Allison Ingram

The Classroom and Beyond

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.

Harwood Arena

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."

Kimberly Kasten, Early Childhood Education Certification '18
Preschool teacher of the deaf
Early Childhood Education graduate student Kimberly Kasten
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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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