Eligibility for the Program
Teachers who are currently employed in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade classrooms are eligible for the P-3 Modified Alternate Route Program at Montclair State University.
Teachers must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. If the teacher graduated from an international college or university, they must submit a transcript evaluation from either WES or another agency approved by Montclair State University.
Teachers must have at least 60 liberal arts credits from their undergraduate or completed graduate degree. In order for a student to be admitted to the P-3 MAR program, their undergraduate or completed graduate degree cumulative average must be at least a 2.5. Students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative average in the P-3 program in order to receive a letter of completion. If a student is accepted into Montclair State University's P-3 MAR Program and has taken courses at another college or university in an approved P-3 MAR Program, the student must show proof that the courses were completed and a grade of B or better was earned. If those requirements have been met then those courses can be applied as credit to Montclair's P-3 Program. The state of New Jersey requires a 2.75 GPA, a passing P-3 Praxis score, and completion of the 24 hour pre-service course to be eligible for a C.E. (Certificate of Eligibility)
This program is for teachers who are currently employed or who have promise of employment and will begin that employment before the start of their academic program at Montclair State University. Orientation sessions for new P-3 MAR students are held before each new semester. These sessions are required and are extremely helpful.
How to Apply
Please contact the P-3 MAR Office at (973) 655-7490 to obtain an application or click on this link for a P-3 Program Application. You should also have your Official Transcripts sent to Montclair State University, Attention: Elizabeth Kendall, P-3 MAR Director, University Hall Room 2154, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07043 from your undergraduate university or college.
Complete and return the P-3 Program Application, a $60.00 check or money order for the application fee made out to Montclair State University.
Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department P-3 Program,
University Hall Room 2154
Attn: Liz Kendall
Montclair State University
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
If you are an international student (received undergraduate degree from outside United States) you will need to contact World Education Services (WES) at (800) 937-3895. Application for WES evaluations are also available at The Graduate School in College Hall 203 at Montclair State University.
As of January 2011 the P-3 MAR Program is now able to accept FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID.
Students who meet Federal requirements can now apply for federal student aid. Please refer to the link below for information and directions. Students must apply for aid by the deadline. There is a deadline for both the federal government as well as for Montclair State University. For information on Montclair State University's deadline to submit your FAFSA please contact the Financial Aid office by telephone at (973) 655-4460, College Hall, Room 208 between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday with late hours Mondays and Thursdays until 7:00 pm, or via email.