EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION



Objectives of the Program

Admission to the Program

Program of Study




This program leads to the T-5 certification in Early Childhood Education and is designed to prepare master teachers to work with children in grades PreK-5. This program also provides knowledge and skills for teachers to serve in leadership roles in curriculum development, supervision and research in the field of Early Childhood Education.  Graduates become master teachers who are poised for administrative positions in all fields of education.

The purpose of the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is to sanction leadership for PreK-5 populations. Candidates complete 36 hours of courses designed to augment resourceful and imaginative problem-solving skills for K-5 populations.  All classes implement the College of Educations conceptual framework: Reflective transformative practitioner, culturally-responsive practitioner, technologically-competent practitioner. Candidates have to be admitted by the Graduate Admissions Office before being admitted into the program.


Objectives of the Program

  1. The Early Childhood Education Program prepares PreK-5 school teachers to become accomplished educators who are empowered to impact the communities they serve by raising the academic achievements of young children from diverse backgrounds.
  2. Candidates in the Early Childhood Education Program will gain knowledge and skills for designing and implementing culturally responsive teaching strategies that are infused with technology and hone reflective practices that refine effective dispositions for teaching.
  3. Candidates progression through the Early Childhood Education Program will lead to an array of evidenced-based best practices in PreK-5 settings, creative and effective teaching performances, strengthened knowledge for making data-driven decisions, and methodologies for impacting student achievement through action research.
  4. The Early Childhood Education Program adds to the knowledge that current teachers already have about early childhood education.
  5. The Early Childhood Education Program enhances understanding of how influence of the intellectual, emotional, and physical development of young children relates to teaching and learning.



Admission to the Program

Admission to the Early Childhood Education Program requires an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, or the equivalent, from an accredited college, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. When students lack a sufficient background in Early Childhood Education, they may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before beginning the M.Ed. program in Early Childhood Education. Students are also governed by the general admission procedures and requirements for the M.Ed. degree program, and they may matriculate in the Early Childhood Education program under the same categories of admission.



Program of Study

Area A - Nature of Learners and Learning Problems (3hrs)

ECEC

5500

Early Childhood Development

PSYC

5515

Educational Psychology

PSYC

5520

Developmental Psychology

PSYC

5555

Conditions of Learning

PSYC

5550

Theories of Learning




Area B - Programs and Problems of the School (3 hrs)

EDUC

5504

History of Education

EDUC

5509

Philosophy of Education

EDUC

5555

Clinical Approach to Classroom Analysis

ECEC

5518

Issues in Early Childhood Education




Area C - Teaching Field  (18 hrs)

ECEC

5509

Theories, Design and Program Development in Early



Childhood Education

*ECEC

5512

Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Education*

*ECEC

5525

Math Experiences for Young Children*

*ECEC

5527

Science Experiences for Young Children*

*ECEC

5535

Reading in Early Childhood Education*

ECEC

5545

Infant Education

*ECEC

5550

Social Studies in Early Childhood Education*

ECEC

5555

Creative Physical Experiences in Early Childhood Education

ECEC

5560

Counseling in Early Childhood Education

ECEC

5565

Diagnosis and Remediation

ECEC

5575

Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education

ECEC

5580

Tests and Measurements in Early Childhood Education

ECEC

5581

Evaluation of Research in Early Childhood Education

EDUC

5000

Professional Development for Accomplished Educators

SPED

5501

Exceptional Children

SPED

5512

Characteristics of Children and Youth with Mild Learning,



Intellectual, and or Behavioral Problems

SPED

5524

Instructional Strategies for Teaching the Mildly Disabled

SPED

5530

Counseling Parents of Exceptional Children

@EDRG

5594

Introduction to Theory & Pedagogy in Reading

@EDRG

5595

Diagnostic & Prescriptive Procedures in Reading

@EDRG

5596

Content Area Literacy

EDUC

5590

Practicum I: Internship in Early Childhood Education (Preschool)

EDUC

5591

Practicum II: Internship in Early Childhood Education (Primary)

@Reading Endorsement Course-Eligible to receive Reading Endorsement with completion of all three courses




Area D Research (3 hrs)

EDUC

5501

Educational Research




Area E - Electives (to select with advisor) (9 hrs)

EDUC

5500

Educational Statistics

*Major courses (four of the five).


Total Hours Required (36 hrs).