Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
    
    Nov 22, 2019  
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.


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A master’s degree in Early Childhood Education can be achieved by completing an innovative program designed to promote research-based practices that ensure that all students can and do learn.  The program consists of a minimum of 36 hours of course work.  This degree does not lead to initial certification in Elementary Education.

In addition to the requirement for regular admission, the following requirements apply for applicants to the M.Ed. degree in Early Childhood Education:

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and be eligible for an Elementary Education clear and renewable certificate or possess a renewable professional certificate in Elementary Education with a minimum overall 2.7 GPA.

Courses include 9 hours in professional studies, 6 hours in research and assessment, 15 hours in elementary content, and 6 hours of electives.

Professional Specialization: (15 Hours)


(Choose one course from each of the five (5) areas below.  Similar Arts and Science Courses may be taken in replacement of each specialization course below as approved by advisor)

Research/Assessment: 6 Hours


(Choose one course from each of the two (2) areas below)

Related Studies/Electives: 6 Hours


(Choose two courses from the entries below)

Program Notes:


  1. Admission to this program requires a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and eligibility for an Early Childhood or Elementary Education clear and renewable certificate or possession of a valid Early Childhood Education or Elementary clear and renewable certificate.
  2. CURR 6575   must be taken within the first two semesters of admission to the program.
  3. ECED 6249   must be taken within the last two semesters before completion of the program.
  4. CURR 6575 , ECSE 7500  , and ECED 6249   are required courses.
  5. A content course in related area can be taken to satisfy this section of the program sheet as approved by an advisor.
  6. To enroll in the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement, educators must have at least one year of teaching experience and must have a valid clear renewable level 4 or higher teaching certificate in one of the following fields: Early Childhood Education (P-5); Middle Grades Mathematics (4-8); Special Education General Curriculum/Early Childhood Education (P-5). Educators holding any of the following certificates combined with a core academic content concentration in mathematics are also eligible to enroll: Special Education General Curriculum (P-12); Special Education Adapted Curriculum ((P-12); Special Education Behavior Disorders (P-12); Special Education Learning Disabilities (P-12); Special Education Deaf Education (P-12); Special Education Physical and Health Disabilities (P-12); Special Education Visual Impairment (P-12); and Gifted Education (P- 12).
  7. Completion of the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement requires six (6) semester hours beyond degree requirements.
  8. Completion of the Reading Endorsement or the ESOL Endorsement requires three (3) semester hours beyond degree requirements.
  9. Candidates will be required to document clinical experiences with diverse students on Tk20 as part of the exit requirements for this program.

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