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Early Childhood Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Early Childhood Education

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Degree Requirements > EdM: Early Childhood Education Policy Concentration

EdM: Early Childhood Education Policy Concentration

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) with an Early Childhood Policy concentration is designed to give students a firm grounding in early childhood pedagogy, programs, and practice as well as in policy analysis and policy making related to young children and their families. Students will combine theoretical knowledge with practice in the policy field; they will also become familiar with an array of policy issues impacting contemporary child and family life. While the focus of this work is on U.S. policy, there will be opportunity for international and comparative work as well.

The basic curriculum for the Early Childhood Education Policy Concentration consists of three course categories which include:

A total of 45 points that must be taken at Teachers College. First, a set of courses in Curriculum and Teaching will provide the foundation for early childhood pedagogy and practice (15 points). Second, courses in Human Development will provide analytic policy training and focus (15 points). A third set of course options (15 points) is selected in consultation with an advisor.

Departmental Requirements:
  • C&T 4005         Principles of teaching and learning (3)
  • C&T 4113         Early childhood methods and programs (3)
  • C&T 4121         Early childhood teaching strategies within a social context (3) 
  • C&T 5513         Seminar in early childhood education I (3) 
  • C&T 5514         Seminar in early childhood education II (3) or
  • C&T 6502         Studies in curriculum and teaching (3)
Policy Concentration Requirements:
  • HUDF 4000     Education and public policy (3)
  • HUDF 5645     Policy seminar I (3)
  • HUDF 5646     Policy seminar II (3)
  • HUDM 4122     Probability and statistical inference (3) or 
  • C&T 5502         Introduction to qualitative research in curriculum and teaching (3)
  • C&T 6408         Advanced internship: Infancynand early childhood (3)
Beyond the core courses, students’ programs are individually planned with their advisors, based on their professional goals and interests.