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Early Childhood Education Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (36 credits)

    We prepare early childhood educators to be instructional leaders by providing extensive coursework and background in child development, developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction, and tailored field experiences. Our programs feature relevant and recent research in the field of education highlighting the importance of evidence-based instructional practice and data-based decision making. Our focus on the whole child throughout each course prepares teachers to consider the child’s optimum health and development.

    • 36-credit program
    • Coursework reflects the importance of the play
    • Holistic approach to serving children’s needs
    • Program fosters teacher growth
    • Instructors grounded in both research and practice
    • Affordable pricing
    • Personal advising
    • Networking opportunities and job placement support

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127

    Freshman - Credits: 33

    • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Elective (Cr: 3)
    • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Elective  (Cr:3)
    • BIO 115/115L - Biosphere and Lab (Cr: 4)
      or
    • PHY 116/116L - Nature of the Universe and Lab (Cr: 4)
      Satisfies Science and Technology General Education Requirement
    • ED 101 - Introduction to Education (Cr: 3)
      or
    • ED 125 - Approaches to Secondary Education (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • HST 101 - Western Civilization I (Cr: 3)
      or
    • HST 102 - Western Civilization II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies World Cultures General Education Requirement
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
    • MTH 106 - Principles of Mathematics for Educators I (Cr: 3)
      or
    • MTH 107 - Principles of Mathematics for Educators II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement
    • HMS 100 - Introduction to Human Services (Cr: 3)
      or
    • PSY 100 - General Psychology (Cr: 3)
      or
    • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (Cr: 3)

    Sophomore - Credits: 32

    • Language or International Studies Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Technology or Computer Science Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • BUS or CMM or LST Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Electives   (Cr: 6)
    • ED 203 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs (Cr: 3)
    • ED 290 - Topics in Education (Cr: 3)
    • INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
    • POL 213 - American Government and Politics (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Global Issues General Education Requirement
    • PSY 200 - Child and Adolescent Psychology (Cr: 3)
      or
    • PSY 204 - Child Growth and Development (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Individual and Society General Education Requirement

    Junior - Credits: 31

    • General Education Elective (Cr: 6)
      (above the 100 level)
    • Education Elective   (Cr: 3)
    • English/Writing Designated Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • Electives   (Cr: 9)
      (one must be at the 200 level or above, and one must be at the 300 level or above)
    • ED 290 - Topics in Education (Cr: 3)
      Students take two sections of this course for a total of 6 credits
    • ED 321 - Junior Transitions (Cr: 1)
    • ENG 312 - Literature for Children (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement

    Senior - Credits: 31

    • General Education Elective   (Cr: 3)
    • Education Elective   (Cr: 3)
    • Electives   (Cr: 6)
      (one must be at the 300 level or above)
    • EC 400 - Senior Transition (Cr: 1)
    • LSE 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
    • LSE 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • LSE 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    Educational Studies Electives

    Choose four from the following:

    • ABA 280 - Introduction to the Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 310 - Assessment in Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 332 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 145 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ED 201/201L - Foundations of Reading and Field Experience (Cr: 3)
    • ED 207 - Strategies of Teaching Early Childhood Curriculum (Cr: 3)
    • ED 208 - Early Childhood Numeracy (Cr: 3)
    • ED 215 - Creative Arts in the Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms (Cr: 3)
    • ED 221 - Emergent Literacy Instruction (Cr: 3)
    • ED 229 - Literacy Methods (Cr: 3)
    • ED 230 - The Early Childhood Pedagogy of Reggio Emilia, Italy (Cr: 3)
    • ED 240/240L - Literacy in the Content Areas and Field Experience (Cr: 3)
    • ED 290 - Topics in Education (Cr: 3)
    • ED 310 - The Power of Play in the Classroom (Cr: 3)
    • ED 325 - Clinical Approaches to Children with Disabilities (Cr: 3)
      or
    • ED 330/330L - Sheltered English Immersion (Cr: 3)
    • ED 430 - Differentiated Instruction (Cr: 3)
    • ED 340 - Global Consciousness through Children's Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ED 380 - Methods in the Secondary Content Areas and Field Experience (Cr: 3)
    • PE 205 - Strategies in Physical Education (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the educational studies concentration program, students will:

    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
    • Communicate effectively in written form following the academic conventions of the discipline. 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the field of education including the areas of historic and current trends, assessment, special needs, psychology and technology.
    • Apply their learning to multiple field experiences in a variety of educational settings.

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