Master of Education:
Early Childhood Education Option

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

  1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree (either a BA or BS) from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. 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.

Required Common Core
EDUC 522TRANSFORMATION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING4
EDUC 505CURRENT ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
EDUC 507PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN SCHOOL4
EDUC 520METHODS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH4
Area Specialization
EDUC 581THE SCIENCE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT: RISK AND RESILIENCE 4
EDUC 582CURRICULUM AND PRACTICE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 4
EDUC 583THE INTENTIONAL TEACHER4
EDUC 584POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN4
EDUC 585FAMILY ENGAGEMENT, SYSTEMS AND THEORY4
EDUC 586EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP, POLICY AND PRACTICE4
Internship
EDUC 631EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERNSHIP I2
EDUC 632EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERNSHIP II2
Portfolio and Comprehensive Exam
EDUC 633EARLY CHILDHOOD PORTFOLIO2
EDUC 634EARLY CHILDHOOD COMPREHENSIVE EXAM3
Total Credits49

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