Early Childhood Education

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Bloomfield offers an undergraduate program in Early Childhood Education that prepares you to teach students from diverse backgrounds, cultures and communities in preschool through grade 3 classrooms.

Please review the recommended sequence of courses.

What you’ll study:

Child development, curriculum design, research-based instructional practices, integrating technology for teaching and learning, developing reading readiness and literacy in all learners, addressing the needs of the special needs learner, and classroom assessment

What you can do:

Aspire to become an early childhood teacher (PreK- Gr. 3). Beyond this initial certification, an endorsement is available for teacher of students with disabilities.

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Fast Facts

  • Preschool and elementary school teacher positions are expected to grow due to a continued focus on early childhood education. (source: bls.gov)
  • Bloomfield College education students have been chosen as nominees for impressive state awards.
  • Students receive clinical experiences with students from preschool through grade 3 to help them apply what they have learned to real-world situations in schools.
  • Bloomfield College education students have interned at such places as Walt Disney World.

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You could be …

A preschool teacher: Median income $28,790 per year. Preschool teachers educate and care for children under five years of age who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.

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Contact Information

Karen Pezzolla
Dr. Karen Pezzolla
Assistant Professor, Education Coordinator, Education Accreditation Coordinator
Year Joined: 2017
  • B.A.,
    Caldwell University;
  • M.Ed.,
    College of St. Elizabeth;
  • Ed.D.,
    Northcentral University.
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1521
Office: Jarvie Hall, Room 302
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Subject(s): Elementary/Early Childhood Education, MA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Special Education, MA in Teaching, Secondary Education, Special Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education/Special Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Urban Education Specialist
Academic Committee(s): Faculty Rep to Orientation Reading
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Praxis I Core Academic Skills Resources:

ETS Resources:

 Prepare for a Praxis Test: Strategy and Tips


Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732)

Study Companion (PDF)

Study Plan (Word)

Khan Academy videos and exercises (PDF) — The Praxis Program has identified videos and exercises available at www.khanacademy.org to support test preparation for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics assessment. Each topic that the test covers is mapped to a video or exercise that may help you prepare to answer questions related to that topic.

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Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Ultimate Guide
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Test Guide
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Clinical Practice and Experience

Clinical placement application overview

Students who have met the requirements to be admitted into the Education Department will also be required to complete a variety of clinical experiences. The classroom field observations are an integral part of the teacher preparation program. This provides the student with the opportunity to experience effective instruction by observing different teaching styles in diverse environments. Students will be responsible for securing their own placement for some observation requirements; the Coordinator of Clinical Experience and Practice will coordinate other field hours. Clinical experience culminates in the students’ final two semesters as they complete their clinical internship (student teaching).

  • A current Mantoux test (Tuberculosis (PPD) Screening) is required for anyone working with students in schools.

It is strongly recommended:

  • Students complete a Criminal History Review (fingerprinting) through the New Jersey Department of Education.

Courses requiring field placement observation hours
For admission into an educator preparation program (EDC 330), students must pass (or be exempt from) the Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis exam #5751 (consisting of three subtests, 5712, Reading; 5722, Writing; 5732, Math). See Praxis Resources.





EDC 202

Teaching as a Profession


EDC 217

Family and Community


EDC 316

Childhood Development and Learning


EDC 330

Introduction to Curriculum Design I


EDC 318

Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment


EDC 336

Introduction to Educational Technology


EDC 320

Educating the Child with Disabilities in the Regular Classroom


EDC 342

Early Childhood Environments and Assessments


EDC 321

Developing Literacy Across the Grades


EDC 410

Clinical Practice I


EDC 412

Clinical Practice II


Field placement application forms

Students will complete the Field Application Request Form for placements coordinated by the Office of Clinical Experience and Practice. Forms are due by September 15 for the following spring semester and February 15 for the following fall semester.

Students are responsible for securing their own placements for certain courses and are required to submit a Clinical Field Verification Form by October 1 (Fall Semester) and March 1 (Spring Semester).

The Clinical Experience Attendance Log and Cooperating Teacher Evaluation Form are to be submitted to the Professor two weeks prior to the end of the semester.

Clinical Intern (Student Teaching) requirements

The clinical intern experience is designed so the student, when possible, spends two consecutive semesters with the same class and cooperating teacher. During the first semester the clinical intern will observe a minimum of 120 hours in the classroom and teach four lessons that will be observed by a college supervisor and three by the cooperating teacher. The clinical intern will spend the second semester entirely in the classroom gradually taking over all the instructional responsibilities. The intern will be observed six times by the college supervisor and four times by the cooperating teacher. The clinical interns will also participate in the Clinical I and II Seminars one evening per week where they will reflect on their experience and prepare their final portfolio. No other courses can be taken during the final semester of student teaching without the approval of the Coordinator of the Education Department.

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Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice Handbook

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