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Early Childhood Deaf Education Prospective Students

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?

22 students.

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

Students transferring in from other colleges

Current TCNJ students wishing to transfer into the 5-year program

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