Post-Baccalaureate Program in Early Childhood Education

Coordinator: Dr. Victoria Puig
Office: University Hall, Room 3235
Phone: (973) 655-7159


The Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification in Early Childhood Education (P-3) is a 24 credit program designed to provide graduate students with initial certification to teach Preschool through third grade (P-3). Students who apply to this program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, including a minimum of 60 liberal arts credits. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of substantial and meaningful experience with groups of children and be permitted admission into the Teacher Education Program. It is expected that students in the program will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language. 

Montclair State University’s Teacher Education Program is one of the most highly-regarded teacher preparation programs in the country. It has been consistently recognized both nationally and regionally for its unique features, including its structure, partnerships, and curricular emphases. The program is considered a model for other colleges and universities and has continuously been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.

The Teacher Education Program’s professional course sequence and field experiences emphasize teaching for critical thinking and culturally responsive teaching. The professional component for both graduate students addresses four broad areas: 1) student development and learning, 2) the classroom and the school, 3) the curriculum, and 4) effective teaching skills.

 student teacher with student

Graduate Initial Teaching Certification Brochure
At Montclair State University, a student with a baccalaureate degree may pursue an initial New Jersey teachning certification, and a fully-certified teacher may obtain additional teaching field endorsements or advanced certification.

View Program Brochure - Graduate Initial Teaching Certification