This concentration focuses on inquiry-based learning of developmentally appropriate practice, family and community engagement, assessment and evaluation approaches, and technology. The program’s emphasis is on learning to design, implement, and assess innovative curricula to address the developmental needs of young children, and using ethical practice and advocacy to create high-quality and equitable programs for young children and families in varied settings. Students apply theoretical knowledge to action research studies, and are prepared take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education. While the program in itself, does not lead to initial teacher licensure, it provides a pathway for teachers who have successfully completed WPU’s ECE (P-3) Alternate Route graduate certificate to advance toward a master’s degree.
Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
*Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may supplement their application with additional evidence in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the degree program. **Program directors have discretion to waive this requirement based on unique circumstances.
August 1st: Fall semesterDecember 1st: Spring semesterMay 1st: Summer semester*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis*International students are advised to apply by:April 1st: Fall (September intake)November 1st: Spring (January intake)December 1st: Summer (May intake)
Professor Anita Kumar
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470