When is the deadlline for the David K. Sengstack Fellowship?
Deadline for consideration for the David K. Sengstack Fellowship corresponds with the general deadline application to the Department for those who apply to the PhD program.
Does admission into the program require a minimum GRE score?
No. The admissions committee has not set a minimum GRE score, and instead relies on an evaluation of a candidate’s entire set of materials to make admissions decisions.
Is it possible to complete the programs as a part-time student?
Yes. Many of the classes for the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are offered in the late afternoon and evening (4 p.m. and later). However, the completion of both degree programs requires genuine commitment to learning, study, and research. These are programs for students serious about understanding children and representations of them!
How many credits do I have to register for to be considered for Federal Loan Programs?
You must register for at least 4.5 credits, for practical purposes that means two classes (6 credits)
Do I have to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
You must report scores from the GRE as part of the admissions process. If you have taken the GRE recently, it may be possible for you to have scores from your most recent exam forwarded to Rutgers. Please check with Educational Testing Service concerning this possibility.
What is Rutgers’ Institution Code for the GRE / TOEFL?
Our institution code is 2790, we do not use department codes.
What are some career opportunities with a degree in childhood studies?
Please see the brochure developed by the Career Center on possible career opportunities with a degree in childhood studies. You can also refer to the questions above about career possibilities for those with a Ph.D., M.A., and B.A., in childhood studies. (see below)
Can I become a teacher or counselor with this degree?
Students interested in teaching in New Jersey public schools should be aware that there are three types of teaching certificates: P-3 (for those interested in teaching preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-3), elementary education (grades 1-6), and secondary (grades 8-12). It is possible to major in Childhood Studies and to obtain the P-3 or the elementary education certificate. Students interested in the P-3 certificate should consult with Ms. Angela Connor ((856) 225-6739); those interested in the elementary education certificate should meet with Ms. Sarah Becker in the Teacher Preparation Program ((856) 225-6409). Those interested in teaching grades 8-12 should major in a discipline taught in these grades (e.g. mathematics, English, music, chemistry) and consult with Ms. Becker.
A student looking to pursue a school counseling certification should be advised that the graduate Childhood Studies degree is not designed to be a NJ approved school counseling program and additional requirements will need to be satisfied.
What kind of jobs do graduates of the Ph.D. program enter?
We expect that graduates of the Ph.D. program will pursue a variety of careers. Some will enter academics as scholar/teachers in psychology, sociology, English, history, and human development; others will become policy makers in federal and state government; and some are likely to become full-time researchers with independent research firms. We advise all applicants to consider whether the skills acquired in an interdisciplinary doctoral program will prepare them for the professions they seek.
What kind of jobs do graduates of the M.A. program enter?
Many of those graduating with an M.A. degree will enter into professional positions involving the development and management of programs targeting youth; join research firms that evaluate social programs; change positions within their professions; and contribute to policy and regulations as members of state and federal governments. Some will use the M.A. program to develop their skills and assess their interests in pursuing a doctoral degree. Students whose career plans include clinical work as psychologists or guidance counselors should consider whether their interests might be better served by an Masters of Social Work or Masters of Counseling Psychology degree.
What kind of jobs do graduates of the B.A. program enter?
The B.A. program in Childhood Studies provides students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates of the program will be able to communicate effectively in speech and in writing, understand and manipulate quantitative information, interpret complicated social problems from humanistic and social science perspectives, and are widely knowledgeable about children and representations of them. This background prepares students for success for careers in many areas: teaching, social service, youth programming, and so on.
How do I know if the Ph.D. program is right for me?
You should believe that an interdisciplinary context is important for your intellectual growth for the Ph.D. Program in Childhood Studies to be a good fit for you. If you are excited by the prospect of drawing upon multiple disciplines to understand challenging intellectual and social issues related to children, then our program is probably right for you.
You should also imagine the kinds of issues that you might like to investigate in your dissertation study of a significant issue, and will require a great deal of effort and passion on your part. You will need thoughtful advice and mentoring for your dissertation, and you should consider whether the faculty of our program has the kind of expertise that you will need to help you reach your intellectual goals. We have an exceptionally strong faculty with quite varied areas of strength, but not every possible area of inquiry is currently represented by the existing faculty. Feel free to e-mail faculty members whose interests are closest to yours to assess the fit between your intellectual goals and our capacity to support your development.
Do I need an undergraduate major in a specific discipline in order to apply for the graduate programs?
No. We encourage applications from those with backgrounds in all disciplines who are committed to the study of children and representations of them. In some cases, admitted students who lack important competencies usually obtained in undergraduate study will be counseled by the graduate director to enroll in undergraduate classes in order to acquire missing skills. Generally, however, the program is designed to support the intellectual development of students with diverse intellectual backgrounds.
When should I apply for financial aid?
You should apply for financial aid once you have completed your application for the childhood studies program. Applications for financial aid should can be submitted online at http://www.admissions.rutgers.edu/0501.asp/ Submit financial aid applications by March 15 if applying fall admission.
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