Master of Science in Education – Early Childhood

Online Education Degree

 

Overview:

The Master of Science in Education – Early Childhood Education (ECE) through Concordia presents a unique opportunity for educators. As one of only three complete early childhood graduate programs in Wisconsin, this degree enables participants to further specialize in the area of early childhood education. The goal of this program is to help teachers and administrators better support the diverse needs of young children and their families. Courses focus on early childhood educational theory, human growth and development, and principles and practices.

Two specializations are offered to fit your individual needs as an educator. The Accomplished Early Childhood Teacher Literacy specialization assists teachers’ ability to assess the language/literacy needs of children and respond with age-appropriate strategies. The Early Childhood Program Administrator specialization delves into administration responsibilities, laws and regulations surrounding ECE, and financial management.

 

Area of Study Education
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Credits

30

Cost/Credit

$579

Total Cost

$17,370

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Goals / Objectives

  • Direct early childhood programs
  • Assess young children’s abilities and needs
  • Create and evaluate age-appropriate curriculum
  • Introduce language arts, basic math, and social skills to preschoolers
  • Support children’s intellectual, emotional, and social development
  • Use storytelling, creative drama, music, and dance to stimulate learning
  • Encourage children to successfully interact with others
  • Apply language development and early literacy theory in the classroom

Career Outlook

  • Childcare Administrator
  • Preschool Administrator
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Post-secondary Teacher
  • Curriculum Designer

Core Courses

Effective relationships with families & communities (EDG 702/902) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course prepares educators to support familial relationships through coaching and collaborating with families and their communities. Upon completion of this course, participants will exhibit professionalism and an understanding of diverse cultures.
Developmentally Appropriate Assessment Practices in Early Childhood (EDG 703/803) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Participants will learn how to assess student's progress and ability in order to develop plans that will enhance their development. Course study will include critically examining research in assessment practices, as well as the implications of local, state, and federal policies.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Education (EDG 708/808) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course offers strategies and techniques for acting on a student assessment. Participants will explore the importance of positive adult/child relationships, learning tools, and playing to learn. Both typical and atypical child development will be addressed.
Curriculum Design and Development in Early Childhood (EDG 560/860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is based on current research the best approaches to curriculum. Participants will learn how to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that integrates language and literacy. The use of music, creative movement, dance, drama, and visual arts will be explored.
Field Experience in Early Childhood (EDG 712/812) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Participants gain hands-on experience in early childhood learning by observing and assisting in two different settings and age groups. This provides an opportunity to focus on a specialization within the field of early childhood education.
Portfolio (EDG 718/818)

Course Description

Participants are required to develop a portfolio that demonstrates their competency and is based on the advanced standards for early childhood professionals.

Specialization - Accomplished Early Childhood Teacher Literacy

Books & Pictures (EDG 545/846) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Emergent Literacy (EDG 567/867) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Language & Literacy Development (EDG 556/856) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Language & Literacy Development studies the English language, including English phonology and how children's language develops from childhood through adolescence and examines interrelationships of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
Education Research Methods (EDG 515/815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Education Research Methods examines the research tools available to design, implement and evaluate the formal study of the educational process in order to conduct research. The course includes the study of descriptive and experimental research methods, basic statistical methods as well as techniques of literature review and report writing, that is, the reporting of research. Students completing this course should have a draft of the first three chapters for either a thesis or graduate seminar project
Thesis Completion Seminar (EDG 590/890) - Credits: 3

Course Description

THESIS COMPLETION SEMIN AR provides an advisory structure for writing the master’s thesis for the degree. The seminar is normally taken near the end of the coursework for the degree. The student defends the thesis at the end of the course.
Graduate Capstone Project (EDG 595/895) - Credits: 3

Course Description

GRADUATE CAPSTONE PRO JECT provides an opportunity to examine a range of problems in school administration, curriculum, planning, organizing and evaluating. The seminar focuses on student projects and problems related his or her professional development. 3 credits.

Specialization - Early Childhood Program Administrator

Administration & Supervision in Early Childhood (EDG 749/849) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Marketing, Operations & Financial Management in ECE (EDG 761/861 ) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Laws, Regulations, Licensing and Credentialing in ECE (EDG 770/870) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Education Research Methods (EDG 515/815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Education Research Methods examines the research tools available to design, implement and evaluate the formal study of the educational process in order to conduct research. The course includes the study of descriptive and experimental research methods, basic statistical methods as well as techniques of literature review and report writing, that is, the reporting of research. Students completing this course should have a draft of the first three chapters for either a thesis or graduate seminar project
Thesis Completion Seminar (EDG 590/890) - Credits: 3

Course Description

THESIS COMPLETION SEMIN AR provides an advisory structure for writing the master’s thesis for the degree. The seminar is normally taken near the end of the coursework for the degree. The student defends the thesis at the end of the course.
Graduate Capstone Project (EDG 595/895) - Credits: 3

Course Description

GRADUATE CAPSTONE PRO JECT provides an opportunity to examine a range of problems in school administration, curriculum, planning, organizing and evaluating. The seminar focuses on student projects and problems related his or her professional development. 3 credits.

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