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Early Childhood Deaf Education 5-Year Program

The Early Childhood Deaf Education Program at TCNJ for undergraduates is a five-year program that prepares students to be teachers of young students who are deaf/hard of hearing. It culminates in a master’s degree and New Jersey certification in both Deaf Education and Early Childhood Education (P-3). Graduates of the program meet the state’s current requirements for being “highly qualified” teachers and therefore are eligible for employment in New Jersey school districts.

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Additional Program Information

Students in the five-year program must also complete a liberal arts major in one of 11 state-approved disciplines. At the end of their fourth year, students earn a bachelor’s degree. The Early Childhood Deaf Education course of study continues the following academic year and culminates in a full-time student teaching experience and a master’s degree in Deaf Education.

Frequently Asked Questions for Future Students

When I graduate, what will I be qualified to teach?

Through this program, you are eligible for New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing as:

  • Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing, K – 12 Oral/Aural
  • Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing, K – 12 Sign Communication (requires an intermediate score on the SLPI)
  • Early Childhood Education (P-3)

The TCNJ Certification Office will apply to the State of New Jersey for you.

I am currently enrolled in another program at TCNJ; how can I transfer?

Complete a transfer application

Please note. An interview with the undergraduate coordinator is also required.

What is your average class size?

22 students.

How do I arrange a visit?

Visit the College’s website for prospective students.

Who should apply?

The five-year program in Early Childhood Deaf Education is designed for students who have completed high school and are first-time students and for transfer students from community colleges or other four-year programs who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree.

Can I study abroad?

Yes, the department supports the College’s International Student Teaching program. There is room in the five-year program to study abroad. Visit for details.

I am excited about student teaching. When will I have experience in the classroom?

You will have part-time field experience in your junior and senior years. You will teach full-time during your fourth and fifth years.

School of Education Conceptual Framework

The program is consistent with the five themes of the School of Education’s Conceptual Framework, Creating Agents of Change:

  • Demonstrating Subject Matter Expertise
  • Demonstrating Excellence in Planning and Practice
  • Demonstrating a Commitment to All Learners
  • Demonstrating a Strong, Positive Effect on Student Growth
  • Demonstrating Professionalism, Advocacy, and Leadership

Education Program Standards

The program meets the standards and requirements of:

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • State of New Jersey Teacher Education Standards
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Early Childhood (DEC)

The College is open with very limited on-campus staffing. All advising sessions will be conducted virtually through phone, Skype, or Google Hangout as determined with your education advisor.