In today’s competitive teaching field, it is in the best interest of the candidate to advance skill levels and career potential with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Specializing in Early Childhood Education. This master’s program encompasses the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards by assisting the candidate in building a comprehensive knowledge base of early childhood theory, practices, policies, and professional development. The course content is research-based and incorporates developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education, providing candidates the opportunity to apply knowledge into the early childhood classroom.
The 36-hour coursework plan is offered through multiple delivery methods (including hybrid/online delivery) complimented with field-based practices throughout its entirety. This program is fitting for both the professional teacher with limited time to attend class meetings and the full-time graduate student who can dedicate the extra time to research and study. The requirements for acceptance into the program are as follows: a bachelor’s degree, a valid teacher’s certificate, 2.5 GPA or higher, completed online application and fee (3 letters of recommendation included), and passing GRE score (can be completed after beginning program/before completion of first 6 coursework hours).
Optional Add-On Certifications are available with the completion of this graduate degree. Contact advisers for further information.