Teachers Shape Lives

Special Education and Early Childhood / Elementary Education

About the Program: 

Bloomfield College offers an Undergraduate Dual Certification Program in Special Education and Early Childhood/Elementary Education that prepares you to teach students with and without disabilities from diverse backgrounds, cultures and communities in preschool through sixth grade classrooms. You will learn about early childhood and elementary students’ development, curricula and instruction applicable to diverse learners. In addition, you will study instructional approaches for children with a range of disabilities including specific learning disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. Throughout your program, there will be an emphasis on creating effective, collaborative relationships with other educators and families as well as strategies for developing engaging, supportive learning environments to address the individual needs of students with disabilities.

Right from the start, you will have field experiences with children with and without disabilities in a variety of classroom settings – inclusive general education classrooms, special education resource rooms and self-contained classrooms. These experiences will help you to apply what you are learning to real life situations in schools. You will learn what effective teaching is, including co-teaching, by analyzing model practices and preparing lessons in collaboration with others and on your own.

Our small class sizes ensure close support and mentoring from our education faculty who have expertise in special education, early childhood education, elementary education , literacy development and technology.

Program of Study:  The program of teacher preparation at Bloomfield College is based on a strong liberal arts foundation and preparation in an academic major (known as a co-concentration). For the Dual Certification Program in Special Education and Early Childhood/Elementary Education in addition to coursework in general liberal arts and a major in professional education, you will also take coursework in one particular content area or discipline known as a co-concentration. You may select your co-concentration from one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry (Physical Science), English, Government & International Studies, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Visual and Performing Arts.

Certifications:  Students who complete this program will be eligible for certification in both general and special education (Preschool to Grade 6) and qualified to teach in either a general and/or special education classroom (resource or self-contained).

Graduates will be eligible for three teaching certificates depending on the New Jersey certification exam(s) taken and passed:

  • an initial teaching certificate as an early childhood teacher (preschool through grade 3)
  • an initial teaching certificate as an elementary teacher (kindergarten through grade 6)
  • a teaching endorsement as a teacher of students with disabilities.

Course Information

Co-concentration areas:

  • Biology
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Sociology
  • Chemistry (Physical Science)
  • Philosophy
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Government & International Studies

Education course descriptions can be viewed in the Course Catalog.

Please also take note of the Common Core and General Education Programs.