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M.S. in Early Childhood (Non Teacher Certification) (GA1)

(as of 02/01/2015)

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the GA1 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (0+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • [GT2] (1+ Additional Credits)


Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 30 credits. The detailed GA1 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed GA1 Program of Study Form.


Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields to be transferred in or completed at the Warner School prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor.

Required Core Courses   
ED406 Master's Research Methods

Choose one signature foundation course - possible choices include, but are not limited to:
ED404 Teaching, Curriculum, and Change
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
EDU497 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Health Care Settings
EDE436 Diversity and Equity in Education

Specialization Courses   
ED407 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages 3 to 5
or ED408 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages Birth to 3
EDU476 Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities (ages birth to 3)
or EDU475 Early Interventions for Children with Disabilities (ages 3 to 5)

Choose at least one of the following courses:
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)

Teaching and Learning Electives   
ED405 Assessment in Instructional Contexts
ED409 Language and Literacy in Education
ED446 Collaborative Teaching Partnerships in Inclusive Classrooms
ED447 Disability and Schools
ED451 Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
ED457 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Issues
ED516 Designing and Evaluating Professional Development
ED582 Critical Literacy
EDE422 Motivation in Human Development
EDE477 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas
EDE484 Online Teaching and Learning
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in School
EDU430 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary School
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
EDU497 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Health Care Settings
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice

Other Electives   

Choose 3 electives for 9 credits. Possible choices include any of the foundations and specialization electives or other relevant Warner School courses, as well as:
EDU414 American Educational and Linguistic Practices
ED491 Independent Study in Education -Master’s Level (variable credits)
 

Notes:

1. Students interested in also pursuing one or more Advanced Certificates -- see Optional Enhancements section -- can reduce the number of additional credits needed to meet these programs' requirements by choosing electives appropriately. Please note, though, that EDF courses cannot count towards the minimum of 30 credits of coursework required by this program. Be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

2. Students interested in adding the Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching & Leadership need to select EDU442 as their "signature course".

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Essay or Thesis