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Earn your Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education

Learn through a diverse and inclusive learning environment, which is the only one of its kind in Michigan. Enhance your learning through a hybrid approach of in-class and online lectures to better prepare you for a career as a classroom teacher, childcare program director or other positions related to the care and education of young children. Experience hands-on learning in EMU’s Children’s Institute, located a short walk from the College of Education.

Program Highlights

Curriculum

All of the courses in the program and restricted elective areas count towards the Early Childhood Endorsement. The ZS requires a total of 26 hours of credit listed in the program and restricted elective areas.

The curricular requirements include a minimum of 32 graduate-level hours, to be distributed as follows:

Foundation: 28 hours
Early Childhood Education Requirements: 5 hours

One course in Research (choose one of the following):

  • EDPS 667: Principles of Educational Research (3)
  • EDPS 677: Methods in Quantitative Research (3)
  • EDPS 687: Qualitative/Interpretive Research (3)

One course in Social Foundations (choose one of the following):

  • SOFD 550: Philosophy, Ethics and Teaching (2)
  • SOFD 580: Sociology of Education (2)
ECE Concentration: 23 hours
  • ECE 551: Inclusive Classrooms in Early Childhood (3)
  • ECE 600: Trends, Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education (2)
  • ECE 601: Creating Supportive Learning Communities for Resilient Children (2)
  • ECE 602: Implementing Appropriate Early Childhood Programs (2)
  • ECE 607: Leadership and Professionalism in ECE (2)
  • ECE 609: Development and Behavior of the Young Child (2)
  • ECE 610: Family, School and Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Education (2)
  • ECE 613: Curriculum Frameworks in Early Childhood(2)
  • ECE 641: Developmental Assessment of the Young Child: Theory and Practice (2)
  • ECE 689: Early Childhood Internship and Colloquium (2)
  • ECE 693: Seminar: Early Childhood Education (2)
Restricted Electives: 4-5 hours

Four to five hours from the following:

ECE 590: Special Topics (1)

or

  • ECE 591: - Special Topics (2)
  • ECE 618: - Play and Human Development (2)
  • ECE 690: - Thesis (1)
  • ECE 691: - Thesis (2)
  • ECE 692: - Thesis (3)
  • ECE 697: - Independent Study (1)
  • ECE 698: - Independent Study (2)
  • ECE 699: - Independent Study (3)
  • EDPS 611: - Piaget for Educators (2)
  • EDPS 617: - Children in Poverty: Educational Implications (3)
  • RDNG 503: - Meeting Individual Needs in Elementary Literacy Education: Mandatory for MDE Certification Renewal (3)
  • RDNG 656 - Language Development, Literacy and the Young Child (3)
Program Total: 32-33 hours