Post-Baccalaureate Program in Early Childhood Education

Coordinator: Dr. Minsun Shin
Office: University Hall, Room 3239
Phone: 973-655-6961


The Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification in Elementary Education is a 33 credit program designed to provide graduate students with initial certification to teach Kindergarten through sixth grade. Students who apply to this program must hold a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field. complete admission application, meet the admission requirements and submit a passing score on the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills test equivalent. PRAXIS information can be found on the website for Educational Testing Service. Additionally, applicants must provide evidence of substantial and meaningful experience with groups of children, including children with special needs.

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 been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) continuously 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.

Graduate Initial Teaching Certification Brochure

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

Admission Information

All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.

Additional Student Responsibilities:

  • Students are responsible for seeking advisement from their academic advisor for registration and completion of degree requirements.
  • Students are responsible for completing the Physiology and Hygiene requirement and Speech requirement for state certification.
  • Early Childhood Certification requires passing PRAXIS II Early Childhood: Content Knowledge.  The test code beginning 9/1/2015 is 5025. (Tests completed prior to 9/1/2015 should be code 5022/0022). Information on the PRAXIS test is available in the Center of Pedagogy office in University Hall.
  • Any student who has not completed the equivalent of one semester of child development as an undergraduate must take the course at the graduate level.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with all policies designated in the Graduate Catalog and the current Center of Pedagogy Teacher Education Handbook.
  • Students are required to apply to the Center of Pedagogy for Clinical I placement the semester before placement begins. The deadline to apply is March 1 for September placement and October 1 for January placement.
  • In order to complete the program, students must file the proper audit forms in the Registrar’s Office October 1 for May completion, March 1 for August completion, and June 1 for January completion.
  • Applications for Certification are required to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office during the following period: October 15 to November 15 for January graduation, March 15 to April 15 for May graduation, and July 1 to August 1 for August graduation.
  • Any variation from this work program must be approved by the Graduate School through the proper filing of a substitution form.