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Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500 word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • A copy of regular CE in P-3 (temporary/limited CE not acceptable) (a list of your certifications can be downloaded on NJDOE website)
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS)
  • Passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators or waiver if applicable. If you believe you are exempt from taking any section of the Praxis Core because of qualifying SAT, ACT, or GRE scores, you will need to provide a score report.
  • Passing scores on Praxis II Content Knowledge: Early Childhood Education
  • Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (even if you already hold a state issued CE)
  • Employment verification letter to provide a proof of full-time employment as a lead teacher in P-3 setting
  • 50 hour Introduction to Teaching PreK-3 course verification form. Contact the Office of Professional and Lifelong Learning (PELL) for more information about the 50 Hour Course)
    • (This can be waived if you already have a CEAS or standard license in another area. Please contact department chair to discuss waiver eligibility) 

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.


Domestic Applicants:
Spring December 15
Fall  July 31

International Applicants:

This program is not currently available to international students seeking an F-1 student visa

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We encourage you to contact graduate admissions with questions about our graduate programs, to get answers to your graduate application questions, or to schedule a visit to NJCU.

Hepburn Hall, Room 206
Phone: 201-200-3409
Fax: 201-200-2044