Early Childhood Program
The Master of Science in Education Early Childhood degree program is designed for early childhood professionals who wish to become exceptional leaders. This program defines exceptional leaders in early childhood to be persons who fulfill and excel as adult educators in higher education, trainers, classroom teachers, program administrators, policy advocates, curriculum specialists, program proprietors, and a variety of other persons who assume early childhood leadership responsibilities. The core curriculum is carefully designed to contribute to the intellectual and professional growth of these leaders who work with children ages birth through age 8. The program emphasizes child development-based curriculum, development, and assessment, across ages birth through age 8, as well as an understanding of the family and community contexts in which these children are educated.

The 36-credit M.S. Ed. Early Childhood program should be completed within 6 years of matriculation. It is comprised of 24 core credits and 12 elective credits. The electives, which will be selected in consultation with an advisor, must be 500 level courses or above and contain content specifically related to the field of early childhood. While students can choose to take elective courses elsewhere, several elective courses have been specifically developed as a part of the program.

The program delivery will entail face-to-face instruction in a compressed format, hybrid/ blended courses (partially on-line and partially face-to- face), and 100% on-line courses. Approximately 30% of the program will be delivered through face-to-face instruction and 70% will be delivered using distance technology tools.

M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood is designed for early childhood professionals who wish to become exceptional leaders. This program identifies exceptional leaders in early childhood as persons who fulfill roles such as adult educators in higher education, trainers, classroom teachers, program administrators, policy advocates, curriculum specialists, program proprietors, and a variety of other persons who assume early childhood leadership responsibilities. The core curriculum is carefully designed to contribute to the intellectual and professional growth of these leaders by emphasizing child development-based curriculum, development, and assessment, across ages birth through 8, imbued with an understanding of the family and community contexts in which these children are educated. Such a foundation supports early childhood professionals in addressing the needs of children and families in today’s changing, diverse world. Through a creative and varied course of study, early childhood professionals will develop the skills to collaborate with community agencies and professionals. The student-centered program will model excellence in education through rigorous coursework and faculty mentoring of research and practice. Exploring issues related to diversity is a common thread found throughout the program.