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Early Childhood Education

Master of Education: 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)
Early Childhood Education Certification Only – Credits: 27, minimum (program code: 0911)

Program Description

Early childhood education is a completely online 33-credit 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 in early childhood education is also available. Graduate students in the early childhood education degree program will 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.

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

Admissions 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 only: 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: Teaching certification in elementary, early childhood or special education from any state
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam. An official copy of an IELTS with a minimum score of6.0may be substituted for the TOEFL score

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted for a period not to exceed two terms with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Under Planned Course of Study:
    • Select “Teacher Education (MEd)” and then choose “Early Childhood Education (MEd without Cert)” as the designated program
    • Or Select “Teacher Education (MEd)” and then choose “Early Childhood Education (MEd with Cert)” as the designated program
    • Or Select “Early Childhood Education (Cert Only)” 
  • Submit your $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)

For additional information:

Email: elemedonline@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Out of State Students:

All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.


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 Curriculum (33 credits)

CoursesCredits
ECE 700 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment3
ECE 702 Advanced Childhood Development3
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
3
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration3
RES 800 Methods of Research3
ECE 703 Literacy Development3
PSY 712 Advanced Psychology of Learning3
ECE 704 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 705 Science and Math in Early Childhood Education3
EDE 768 Internship, if needed*, or an Elective3
ECE 707 Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Settings3
Elective: Select one of 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 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)

Internship note: All internships must be pre-approved one semester in advance and all internship students must have appropriate clearances. For students who are completing an internship outside Pennsylvania, clearances necessary for that state also apply. Schools or sites may require additional documentation. Any additional documents or requirements must be met in order for the internship to begin.

The online program coordinator reviews student resumes upon admission to the program to determine which students will need to complete EDE 768 Teacher Education Internship and which will need to complete an elective. 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 during semester 3, 4 or 5. Those who do not need to complete the internship are required to complete an elective.

Chapter 49 Requirements – the following are required for certification, 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

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
Select one from the following:
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. For students who are completing an internship outside Pennsylvania, clearances necessary for that state also apply. Schools or sites may require additional documentation. Any additional documents or requirements must be met in order for the internship to begin.

The online program coordinator reviews student resumes upon admission to the program to determine which students will need to complete EDE 768 Teacher Education Internship and which will need to complete an elective. 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 during semester 3, 4 or 5. Those who do not need to complete the internship are required to complete an elective.

Chapter 49 Requirements

The following are required 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

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.

Advisement

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

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
724-938-4187

gradschool@calu.edu

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

Graduate Faculty

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