Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to achieve the following professional skills:
- Demonstrate and apply deepened understanding of theoretical and research-based perspectives on how children develop and learn through play.
- Acquire advanced knowledge and skills to implement and advocate for play-based curriculum approaches across early childhood education settings serving children birth through age 8.
- Develop a strong sense of ethical conduct within early childhood teaching, learning, and business.
- Identify significant issues specific to early childhood education in research and address through practice.
- Better understand the impact of pedagogy and exposure to diversity for teaching in an increasingly complex and diverse society.
The Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is designed to develop the candidate’s understandings of early childhood development, theoretical foundations to early development, and application in today’s society, with uniquely selected coursework focused on teaching, leadership within the field of early childhood education, or early childhood special education. Each candidate must fulfill 21 hours of core coursework, with 9 additional hours of completed coursework in a selected option.
The MSE in ECE has three options available. The first option is focused on preparing early childhood educators for teaching in the field of early childhood education (birth through 3rd grade). This option is referred to as the Teaching Strand. The second option is designed for those desiring leadership positions within the field of early childhood education. This option is referred to as the Leadership Strand. The third option is concentrated on preparing early childhood educators for teaching in inclusive childcare settings, or in early childhood special education specifically. This option is referred to as the Special Education Strand.
To be accepted into the Master of Science in Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree program, in the School of Teaching & Learning, a student must:
- Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75.
- Submit proof of teacher certification or professional endorsement for any of the 50 states or territories and have graduated from a CAEP or regionally accredited university.
- Submit a copy of his/her last summative teaching evaluation, or a letter from a school superintendent, principal, director, or professor attesting to teaching skills and/or graduate studies potential.
International applicants should meet these requirements in comparable ways.