Early Childhood Education (MED)

The teacher education program has developed a master of education program in early childhood education. This on-line program provides unique learning opportunities developed through the National Association for Educating Young Children's five core learning standards.

Through Dr. Nili Luo's work, the program offers courses in both English and Chinese with all courses available in English. International students will experience a summer residency in the United States to practice what they learned through the program of study and complete the master's degree.

Contact Dr. Nili Luo, for more information about the advanced program.

Program Requirements

The master of education with a major in early childhood (M.Ed. in ECE) includes 33 semester hours of courses for birth through third grade teachers and other early childhood professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in curriculum, teaching, and assessment. Enrollment in the program requires a minimum 2.5 grade point average, an application, and degree-bearing official transcript from a Higher Learning Commission or equivalently accredited college or university. Once admitted, dispositions will be assessed and such information is aggregated across all students to establish baseline information for the program.

The advanced professional preparation is aligned to the core standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. These are identical to NAEYC’s Initial Licensure core standards for early childhood programs. At the graduate level, students demonstrate competence at a higher level and with greater depth and specialization in the following standards:

  1. Promoting Child Development and Learning
  2. Building Family and Community Relationships
  3. Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
  4. Teaching and Learning
  5. Connecting with children and families
  6. Using developmentally effective approaches
  7. Understanding content knowledge in early education
  8. Building meaningful curriculum
  9. Growing as a Professional

Program Courses

EDUC 512   Action Research
This course will introduce students to action research, a form of self-reflective systematic inquiry by practitioners on their own practice. The primary objective of the course is to prepare students to do action research in schools. There are three other goals: 1) the development of professional community; 2) the illumination of power relationships; and 3) students' recognition of their own expertise. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 525  Collaboration with Families and Communities
This course develops an  understanding and valuing process relative to the importance and complexity of  characteristics of young children’s family and their communities. Based on student knowledge and learning, they will support and empower families and communities thorough respectful, reciprocal relationships, and involve families and communities in their children’s development and learning. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 532  Technology in Special Education
This course will provide an overview of the technology available for students with special needs. Included will be low-tech devices, augmentative devices, and using technology to adapt instruction. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 543 Assessment, Tests, and Measurement
Provides classroom educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively measure student achievement and the reflective skills necessary to examine and improve upon practice. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC  612  Advanced Child Development (up through age 8 )
This course develops an  understanding of young children’s development and leaning needs to create a healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging environment for all children.  Students will have an in-depth knowledge on the multiple influences on development and learning.  Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 614  Advanced Theory and Practice for Early Childhood Education
This course will provide knowledge and understanding and use effective approaches, strategies, and tools for early education. They integrate their understanding of and relationships with children and families to effectively design a positive learning experience for all young children.  Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 618  Classroom Management and Organization-Early Childhood Settings
This course will provide knowledge and understanding regarding the importance, central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content area or academic disciplines; students will use own knowledge and other resources to design, implement and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum to promote positive outcomes  Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 622  Teaching Methods and Practice in Early Childhood Education (Field Experience)
This course develops professional teaching skills for the early childhood instruction and assessment. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 624 Early Childhood Education in Different Culture Perspective
This course develops a high level of competence in understanding and responding to diversity of culture, language and ethnicity. Understanding how different cultures impact children and their development and learning. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 626  Professionalism in Early Childhood Education I (1-5)
This is a capstone experience, which develops  multiple topics through guided study and early childhood projects, including but not limited to: cultural competence, knowledge and application of ethical principles, communication skills, mastery of relevant theory and research. Credit 3 hours.

EDUC 630  Professionalism in Early Childhood Education (6-9)
This is a capstone experience, which  develops several topics through guided  study and early childhood projects including but not limited to:  inquiring skills and knowledge of research methods, skills in collaborating, teaching and mentoring, advocacy skills, leadership skills and skills in personnel and fiscal management. Credit 3 hours.

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