Master of Arts
There are three initial certification programs in Early Childhood Education:
The course of study for the M.A. in Early Childhood Education (ECED-INIT) leads to initial certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-8 years). The course of study for the M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE-INIT) leads to initial certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities, Early Childhood (birth-8 years).
Students must complete at least 40 points in order to obtain the Master of Arts degree and the department’s recommendation for initial certification.
The course of study in Dual Certification: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood/Special Education (ECSE-DUAL) leads to initial certification as both an Early Childhood Education teacher and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood (birth-8 years).
Students must complete at least 48 points in order to obtain the Master of Arts degree and the department’s recommendation for initial dual certification.
The Bilingual Extension may be added to the ECED-Initial and ECSE-Dual programs.
There is also the Early Childhood Education Non-Certification Program.
Students must complete at least 32 points in order to obtain the Master of Arts degree.
These programs prepare educators to work in preschools, schools, home and community settings. Our program is child-centered (from Birth -Grade 2) and dedicated to culturally relevant and multilingual practices. We focus on preparing early educators to support the development and learning of all young learners through a graduate curriculum that integrates early childhood education, early childhood special education, and bilingual education content. Our certification students become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and leaders. Our Non-certification students inquire into issues critical to the education and development of young children across settings.
Doctor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
- D. in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education or Early Childhood Policy (90 credit)
Early Childhood Education
At the doctoral level, the specialization in Early Childhood Education prepares candidates for college teaching, research, policy, and other leadership positions in early childhood education. 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.
Early Childhood Policy
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) concentration in Early Childhood Policy prepares candidates for leadership positions, college teaching, and research in early childhood policy. The concentration 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. Combining rigorous methodological, conceptual, and practical interdisciplinary experiences, the program is designed for those interested in shaping the policy agenda for young children and their families. It is predicated on the principle that undergirding all policy work, candidates must have thorough understandings of both substantive content (early childhood practices, pedagogy, and theory) and research skills. While the focus of this program is on U.S. early childhood policy, there will be opportunity for international and comparative work.
Early Childhood Special Education
The Department of Curriculum and Teaching offers a doctoral concentration in Early Childhood Special Education, within the Early Childhood Education specialization. This concentration prepares students for careers related to leadership and advocacy in the field, research and scholarship, and higher education and teacher preparation programs. Core courses emphasize theory and foundations in general and special early childhood education and research methods and training. Seminars and advanced practica focus on special topics in the field. Opportunities for involvement in faculty-sponsored research and professional development activities are an integral part of the program concentration.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION-INITIAL CERTIFICATION (ECED-INIT)
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION/SPECIAL EDUCATION-INITIAL CERTIFICATION (ECSE-INIT)
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION- SPECIAL EDUCATION/DUAL CERTIFICATION- INITIAL (ECSE-DUAL)
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION-NON CERTIFICATION (ECED-MA)
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECED)
- Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
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