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.
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.
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 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
Frequently Asked Questions
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 found here. PLEASE NOTE: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE UNDERGRADUATE COORDINATOR IS ALSO REQUIRED.
WHAT IS YOUR AVERAGE CLASS SIZE?
HOW DO I ARRANGE A VISIT?
Visit the College’s website for prospective students.
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 cge.pages.tcnj.edu 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 sophomore, junior and senior years. You will teach full-time during your fourth and fifth years.
High School Students: TO APPLY
Begin your application process at http://admissions.pages.tcnj.edu/
Information about campus tours and the application process are available at the Admissions Office, Loser Hall, Room 228, (609)771-2131
Transfer Students: TO APPLY