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Early Childhood Education
The Department of Curriculum & Teaching
Welcome to the Program in Early Childhood Education
Students are prepared to teach in diverse and inclusive environments, including homes, schools, and other community settings, which serve children from birth to age 8 and their families. Child-centered and culturally sensitive practices are emphasized throughout the program, focusing on the need for multiple methods of instruction to accommodate a broad range of learners. Through a curriculum that integrates general and special early childhood education content, we aim to enable our initial certification students to become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and intellectual and ethical leaders.
M.A. Early Childhood Education-Initial Certification
The course of study leads to initial certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-8 years).
M.A. Early Childhood Education/Special Education-Initial Certification
The course of study leads to initial certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities, Early Childhood (birth-8 years).
M.A. Early Childhood Education-Special Education/Dual Certification-Initial
The course of study leads to initial certification as both an Early Childhood Education teacher and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood (birth-8 years).
Ed.M. Early Childhood Policy
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.
Doctor of Education
The program provides two specializations at the doctoral level: Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Policy. The program is highly selective, aiming to identify and train individuals whose prior education and experience, whether or not it has been specifically in the field of early childhood, gives promise of the ability to develop modes of inquiry suitable to the field’s complexities.
Learn More About Early Childhood Education
Program Director: Mariana Souto-Manning
Contact Person: Professor Susan Recchia