Endorsement Program for Preschool to Grade 3 Certification

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 Education
Associated Degree:
  • Certificate/Endorsement
  • Hybrid
Program Level:
  • Non-Degree Program
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Nondegree Professional Development


This 24-credit endorsement in Preschool-Grade 3 is available to individuals who hold a Standard Instructional Certificate or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in the state of New Jersey. Students already enrolled in a degree program at the GSE, who already possess a Standard or CEAS or are currently working toward initial teacher certification, may complete the endorsement program in conjunction with their degree program. In addition, non-degree-seeking students may complete the program on a non-matriculated basis (see below for more information about this option).

The program has three goals:

  1. to prepare early childhood professionals to work in diverse settings with an understanding of the contexts in which children grow and develop;
  2. to prepare teachers who are knowledgeable about children’s learning and their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development; and
  3. to foster an understanding of a variety of ways in which early childhood programs can be delivered to support the foundations of discipline-based knowledge in literacy, mathematics, science, and art.


All applicants who are not currently in a Graduate/Non-degree program and don’t have an active RU ID # will need to complete a Graduate Study application. Applications can be completed online.

Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted. Applications are due two weeks before the beginning of the next semester. Students are admitted throughout the year for this non-degree program.


Program Requirements

Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • A photocopy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).
  • Official academic transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher degree equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants are not usually admitted with a GPA of less than 2.75 in their most recent degree.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of program requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.



Additional Requirements for New Jersey Certification

New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 18A:37-22 requires that educators entering the work force in the 2012 school year and beyond must have completed through their pre-service preparation (e.g., courses, practicum) a program on harassment, intimation and bullying (HIB) prevention. The HIB prevention requirements apply to the following programs: (a) teachers and education services personnel certifications; and (b) administrative certifications, including chief school administrators, principals, and supervisors. Details on the required training can be found here.


If you have general questions about this program or need any assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services by email, by phone at 848-932-3232, or simply drop by our office for assistance.