Traditional Early Childhood Master’s Degrees

Master of Arts with an Early Childhood Emphasis

The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program is designed for applicants who hold or are eligible for certification in early childhood, or who have completed substantial coursework in the area of early childhood (child development, developmental psychology, family studies, for example). The program does not lead to teacher certification and is not an initial teacher preparation program. This program focuses on children from birth through kindergarten. An applicant who chooses this program may plan to pursue a future doctorate, may intend to engage in coaching with teachers or parents, or may endeavor to become a better teacher or administrator.

Thesis Option

The thesis option includes 30 credit hours of coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis credit. Each student’s program is designed together with the student’s adviser. The program does not lead to teacher certification.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option includes 30 credit hours of coursework plus 6 credits of “Project in-lieu-of Thesis.” Each student’s program is designed together with the student’s adviser. The program does not lead to teacher certification.

Admission to the MAE in Early Childhood

Admission to the MAE in Early Childhood (EC) is for FALL SEMESTER ONLY. To ensure full consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all required application materials to the Graduate School by December 15. EC program faculty conduct review of applicants’ materials in January. EC program faculty may continue to conduct review of applicants’ materials in the spring semester but we cannot guarantee that your application will receive full consideration unless it is submitted by December 15.

Coursework

Fall Year 1

EEC 6205 Early Childhood Curriculum
EEC 6933 Special Topics (or Child Development Course)
EEC 6905 Practicum in Early Childhood
EEC 6933 Early Childhood Seminar for MAE & Doctoral Students

Spring Year 1

EEC 6933 Instructional Methods for Young Children
EDF 6403 Quantitative Foundation of Educational Research

Summer Year 1

Elective or Early Childhood  Specialization Courses

Fall Year 2         

EEC 6933 Families & Diversity in Early Childhood Studies
EEX 6971 Thesis
OR
EEX 6905 Project Research
Elective or Early Childhood Specialization Course

Spring Year 2

EEC 7056 Policy & Advocacy in Early Childhood Studies
EEC 6933 Early Childhood Assessment & Evaluation
EEX 6971 Thesis
OR
EEX 6905 Project Research