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Early Childhood Education

Master of Education: Early Childhood Education with certification - Credits: 33 minimum (program code: 0903)
Master of Education: Early Childhood Education without certification - Credits: 33 minimum (program code: 0913)
Certification-Only: Early Childhood Education –Credits: 24 minimum (program code: 0911)

Program Description

Early childhood education is a completely online graduate program for teachers who are certified in elementary, early childhood or special education and are interested in pursuing a Master of Education with or without certification. A certification-only option is also available. Graduate students in the early childhood education program apply knowledge of child development, families and best teaching practices to a variety of educational settings, including public schools Pre-K to grade 4 primary programs, preschool programs, Head Start, child care, and parenting and family support programs. This program is open to students with a bachelor's, master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited program and teaching certification in N-3, K-6 and/or special education Pre-K-12.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation  (CAEP, formerly NCATE)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.80 or a 3.00 in last 48 credits earned (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Master’s with certification: Copy of PA teaching certification in elementary, early childhood or special education
    • Applicants in other states will have six months after admission to secure and submit evidence of PA Department of Education certification
  • Master’s only: Resume will be evaluated on the basis of prior studies and/or significant professional experience
  • International Global Online Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on any missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy the requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts

Out of State Students

Students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for the most up-to-date information regarding out-of-state certification information.

Clearances


Pennsylvania Act 24, 34, 114, and 151 clearances (or appropriate clearances for non-Pennsylvania residents) are required for field-based course registration but not admission. Applicants may be admitted to the program but will not be able to register for field-based courses until all of the up-to-date clearances are submitted.

Curriculum - Master's Degree Options (33 credits Minimum)

CoursesCredits
ECE 700 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment3
ECE 702 Advanced Childhood Development3
ECE 703 Literacy Development3
ECE 704 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 705 Science and Math in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 707 Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Settings3
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
3
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration3
PSY 712 Advanced Psychology of Learning 3
RES 800 Methods of Research3
Elective: Select one of the following (two if EDE 768 not required)

EDE 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language 3
EDE 709 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity 3
EDE 768 Internship, if needed*, or an Elective
3
ESP 740 Nature/Characteristics: Autism Spectrum Disorders
3
ESP 741 Communication, Behavior and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders
3
ESP 742 Life Transitions and Partnerships: Autism Spectrum Disorders3
ESP 743 Navigating the Social World: Austism Spectrum Disorders3

*Internship (required for students who do not have experience teaching Pre-K children)

Early Childhood Education - Certification Only

CourseCredits
ECE 700 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment3
ECE 702 Advanced Childhood Development3
ECE 703 Literacy Development3
ECE 704 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 705 Science and Math in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 707 Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Settings3
EDE 768 Internship, if needed*, or an Elective3
Elective: Select one from the following (two if EDE 768 not required)

EDE 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language3
EDE 709 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity3
ESP 740 Nature/Characteristics: Autism Spectrum Disorders3
ESP 741 Communication, Behavior and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders3
ESP 742 Life Transitions and Partnerships3
ESP 743 Navigating the Social World: Autism Spectrum Disorders3

*Internship (required for students who do not have experience teaching Pre-K children)

Internship note: All internships must be pre-approved one semester in advance and all internship students must have appropriate clearances.

The program coordinator reviews applicants' resumes upon admission to the program to determine who will need to complete EDE 768 Teacher Education Internship. Each candidate is responsible for providing the coordinator with an accurate resume that reflects his/her teaching experiences. Those who do not have experience teaching Pre-K learners will be required to complete the internship.

Chapter 49 Requirements for Master’s and Certification-only Options
The following are required in each program option if not previously completed at the undergraduate or graduate level:

CourseCredits
ESP 612 Evidence-based Practices3
ESP 701 Introduction to Behavioral Analysis3
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration3
EDE 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language3

Advisement

Students in the early childhood education program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. The early childhood education program coordinator is the academic adviser for all students in the program.  The adviser works with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Graduate School Application online
  • Submit the non-refundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      California University of Pennsylvania
      Box 91, 250 University Ave.
      California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above, email (gradschool@calu.edu), or fax (724-938-5712)

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187
Email: gradschool@calu.edu

For Additional Information

Email: elemedonline@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Clover Wright, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), B.A. (Antioch College)
          Web Page: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Clover-Wright.aspx
           E-mailwright_c@calu.edu
           Phone:  724-938-4222

Program Faculty

Christine Peterson, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.S. (Johns Hopkins University), B.S. (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor 

For faculty bios, visit: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm