Early Childhood Education
The Master of Arts program in Early Childhood Development and Education is designed to meet the needs of teachers through the delivery of relevant, rigorous course work and related academic The program is designed for candidates with undergraduate degrees in a wide range of areas either related to early childhood education, such as child development, psychology, communication disorders, sociology, nursing, theatre, music or other degrees. The program of study includes advanced professional development in early care and education for careers with direct and indirect services for young children and families. Direct early education services to young children and families can include homes, schools, and other community settings, such as child care and Head Start. Indirect services can include: child assessment, program evaluation, child care resource and referral, early learning coalitions, and community college instruction. Graduates of this program are encouraged to serve as a bridge among schools and community agencies and to nurture leadership skills in these areas. Please note that this program does not lead to initial teacher preparation.
The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education program is designed to meet the needs of teachers through the delivery of relevant, rigorous course work and related academic experiences.
Students who already hold Early Childhood (Pre-K Primary or Elementary K-6 Professional)Certification may enroll in the Master of Education (MEd) program, which includes a full range of courses and the choice of four specialization tracks
In addition to fostering the professional development of previously certified early childhood teachers, this program will also serve as a bridge among schools and community agencies and will provide the educational experiences to nurture educational leaders who will work within and across these areas.
International Student Requirements:
In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure all supporting documents, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.