As little as 12 months
$306.25 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.
The Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education online program focuses on the developmental and educational needs of young children and is designed for educators who already hold a teaching license.
Students in this program will gain:
- A broad perspective on education that spans early childhood
- The ability to create, select and use a variety of assessment and documentation tools in multiple early childhood settings
- Techniques and methods of research and skills for the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data
- Knowledge of best practices in early childhood settings
- The aptitude to analyze curriculum sources and models for purposes of creating curriculum, as well as the ability to create technology-integrated educational materials
Students must complete 10 courses totaling 30 credit hours, including a practicum in teacher education. Applicants must hold a valid teaching license and meet all guidelines for graduate admission to the A-State College of Education & Behavioral Science. In lieu of written comprehensive exam(s) or thesis a Capstone Portfolio documenting the students’ mastery of NAEYC Standards is required. This program does not lead to licensure.
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This course helps develop perspectives that are essential for educators to understand and fulfill ethical and professional responsibilities in their respective areas, including communication with various audiences, reflection, self-assessment and advocacy within the context of cultural diversity and democratic pluralism.
An introductory course in methods and techniques of research, and the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data.
Course covers creating, selecting and appropriately using a variety of documentation tools in multiple early childhood settings, including observational methods and standardized assessments, as well as partnering with families and other professionals with reference to assessment issues.
In depth study of child development and developmental differences and influences with an emphasis on applying knowledge to creating learning environments for young children. Additional emphasis on creating collaborative relationships with families and communities to support children's development.
Designed to provide teachers with a broad survey of teaching methodology and student assessments. Instructional decision making will be explored in the context of standards, principles of learning, teaching methodology, student assessment and student development.
Study and analysis of curriculum sources and models for the purpose of critiquing and creating appropriate curriculums.
In-depth examination of current research that documents effective and best practices in early childhood settings.
This course will include evaluation of educational software and websites. Students will research instructional design principles and procedures and will utilize their learning to create technology integrated educational materials for their respective areas.
Building upon professional development such as leadership, advocacy and collaboration, this course connects students to the broader contexts of early childhood education and responsibilities to children families, and the profession.
Practicum serves as a capstone experience in which the student collaborates with faculty to apply knowledge and skills gained in the program. A written proposal must be approved the semester prior to the Practicum and follow published department timelines.