Teachers Shape Lives

Elementary with Subject Matter Specialization

About the Program: 

Bloomfield College offers an Undergraduate Program in Elementary/Early Childhood Education that prepares you to teach students from diverse backgrounds, cultures and communities in preschool through sixth grade classrooms. You will study childhood development, early childhood and elementary curriculum design and instructional practices appropriate for preschool through elementary grades. You will learn how to create enriched learning environments and activities that engage young learners’ curiosity and thinking. You will develop lesson plans and curriculum units that appeal to diverse learners across the content areas. In addition, you will learn best practices in literacy and math instruction, use of instructional technology and how to effectively collaborate with families.

From the beginning of your program, you will have field experiences with preschool through elementary students to help you reflect upon and apply what you are learning in your professional studies to real life practices in schools. You will learn about effective 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 early childhood education, elementary education, literacy development, technology and special education.

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 Program in Early Childhood and 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, PhilosophyPsychology, Religion and Sociology, and Visual & Performing Arts.

Certifications:  Students who complete this program will be eligible for two 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)

Course Information 

Co-concentration areas :

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

Education course descriptions can be viewed in the Course Catalog.

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