Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Early Childhood Education concentration

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The Rutgers Bachelors of Arts in  Psychology with an ECE concentration is designed for  associate’s degree recipients in early childhood education who want to advance their professional preparation in early childhood programs or obtain the New Jersey Preschool-to-Grade 3 (P-3) teacher endorsement.  The program offers the essential coursework to meet the psychology requirements as well as use both the Associates level ECE and baccalaureate program electives to meet the P-3 prerequisites for the practicum and student teaching portion of the P-3 certificate of eligibility with advance standing requirements (CEAS).

The psychology and early childhood courses advance students’ ability to promote child and family outcomes in a complex world.   The early childhood profession requires individuals to plan, coordinate, and evaluate the positive social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children from infancy to age 8 in diverse settings and programs.  The current and future state of the early childhood profession requires individuals to demonstrate child and family outcomes using evidence-based measures.  This requires the early childhood professional to:

  • understand and relate child and family data to match program development;
  • develop collaboration skills to plan and coordinate with internal and external partners to promote effective programs;
  • successfully communicate with diverse families, community members, legislators, and staff to meet the needs of children and families;
  • understand the complex interplay of child development and psychological factors that impact learning and social environments; and
  • align state, federal, and professional standards to assess and coordinate program or pedagogical practices to advance child and family outcomes.

Program highlights:

  • flexible course scheduling to meet the needs of working adult students;
  • access to world-class psychology and early childhood faculty;
  • focus on data-driven decision making processes essential to foster research-based programming and educational designs;
  • providing cultural relevance through research, learning projects, and daily interaction opportunities;
  • aligned to meet the current state, national Early/Head Start, and NJDOE P-3 professional development for teachers and program ancillary staff.



Entrance Requirements:

To gain admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with ECE Concentration program, you will need:

  • An A.A. or A.S. degree from a regionally accredited community college.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • For P-3 teacher preparation candidates*: 

a) 2.8 Rutgers GPA and

b) Praxis Core scores: Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150.  (visit the ETS website  )

Praxis I scores (at the RU pass point) are also accepted - you can take either test, but you cannot use scores from both. See TPP advisor with questions.


Psychology with ECE concentration

  • Successfully complete the Rutgers University general education requirements
  • Complete the 40-credits psychology requirements

Psychology with ECE concentration


 P-3 certification


  • Completion of above requirements
  • Completion of Teacher Prep requirements, which include 18 credits of field experiences
  • Passing scores on Praxis Core and the Praxis II Early Childhood: Content Knowledge test