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405-7 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6741

Department Chair
Dr. Lynne Vallone

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Sarada Balagopalan

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Susan Miller

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Spring 2015 Newsletters

Early Childhood Education Concentration

Welcome!  The Rutgers University-Camden Department of Childhood Studies and the Institute for Effective Education/Teacher Preparation Program have created a unique partnership to provide our students a comprehensive early childhood program.  The early childhood education profession encompasses private and public programs for children from infancy to age 8, as well as out-of-school time programs to age 13.  

The Childhood Studies and Teacher Preparation courses are designed to prepare our students to meet the unique needs of children in diverse early childhood programs:  

  • Head Start
  • Early Head Start
  • registered family child care
  • private and public funded child care
  • public/charter school Pre-K to grade 3
  • infant-toddler programs
  • out-of-school time (OST).

The Early Childhood Concentration allows the student to choose two specific professional tracks to meet the minimal regulatory requirements set forth by:

Lastly, through specific career advisement and/or course offerings, the Early Childhood Concentration program supports students interested in pursuing the following state and national ECE credentials:

Childhood Studies/ECE for Non-teacher certification

Institute for Effective Education: Teacher Preparation Program

Follow the Childhood Studies course studies program, and supplement ECE-specific courses to meet state and Head Start group teacher, head teacher, or  ECE Administrator credential requirements:


  • Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Environments (50:163:391)
  • Designing an EC Environment (50:163:392)
  • Social/Emotional Development: Infant/Toddlers (50:163:394)
  • Director’s Academy (50:163:395)*
  • Budgetary Management (50:163:397)*
  • Supervision in Early Childhood (50:163:396)*
  • Mentoring and Coaching in ECE (50:163:398)*


*leads to the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) Administrator’s Credential

New Jersey Teacher Certification: P-3

Review the course advisement sheet at


P-3 specific courses, in addition to professional preparation core courses


Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Environments (50:163:391)

Designing an EC Environment (50:163:392)

IEE Early Childhood Staff:

Ingrid E. Campbell

Cheryl Chavis

Kimberly Owens