Curriculum & Requirements
Early Childhood Education, Master of Education (M.ED)
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) is designed for graduate candidates to provide advanced knowledge of early childhood education. The ECE Program will prepare you to work in Head Start, ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and public or private preschools.
Our program foundation is based on principles of developmentally appropriate practice and universal design for learning. Our coursework is aligned with Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals, the ECE Endorsement Competencies for the State of Washington Educator Standards Board, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards for Early Childhood Preparation Programs.
This emphasis area does not lead to an initial, residency teaching certificate. However, candidates who hold a valid Washington State teaching certificate, complete program requirements, and and complete the NES assessment are then eligible for recommendation for the endorsement.
Admission Requirements for the MEd Program
- Have earned a baccalaureate degree (either a BA or BS) from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Have earned a grade point average ≥3.0 on a 4-point scale during the final 90 quarter credits (or 60 semester credits) of enrolled courses.
Note: candidates may or may not be certified teachers.
|TRANSFORMATION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING||4|
|CURRENT ISSUES IN EDUCATION||4|
|PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN SCHOOL||4|
|METHODS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH||4|
|THE SCIENCE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT: RISK AND RESILIENCE ||4|
|CURRICULUM AND PRACTICE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ||4|
|THE INTENTIONAL TEACHER||4|
|POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN||4|
|FAMILY ENGAGEMENT, SYSTEMS AND THEORY||4|
|EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP, POLICY AND PRACTICE||4|
|EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERNSHIP I||2|
|EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERNSHIP II||2|
|EARLY CHILDHOOD PORTFOLIO||2|
|EARLY CHILDHOOD COMPREHENSIVE EXAM||3|