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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.

Program Objectives

  • Knowledge of Subject Matter – The candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  • Knowledge of Human Development and Learning – The candidate understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
  • Adapter Instruction for Individual Needs – The candidate understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  • Multiple Instructional Strategies – The candidate understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem-solving and performance skills.
  • Classroom Motivation and Management Skills – The candidate uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  • Communication Skills – The candidate plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community and curriculum goals.
  • Instructional Planning Skills – The candidate plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community and curriculum goals.
  • Assessment of Student Learning – The candidate understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
  • Professional Commitment and Responsibility – The candidate is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally
  • Partnerships – The candidate fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.
  • Diversity – The candidate understands the influence of culture on personal growth and recognizes and respects cultural differences, and believes that all human beings possess capacity for thought, feeling and learning.
  • Field Experience – The candidate understands the importance of completing and documenting early field experience and recognizes the importance of a steady progression from being an "observer" to becoming an "active participant."

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

Bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree with elementary, early childhood, or special education teaching certification

Minimum undergraduate 2.80 GPA, or 3.00 GPA in the last 48 credits, verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution.

Graduate School Application plus $25 nonrefundable application fee

An official transcript reflecting a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts from institutions where a degree was not conferred will only be required in cases where the student wishes to have a transfer of credit evaluation completed.

 A copy of all current professional certificates held

A current resume documenting professional work experience with children including ages/grades

Admissions Notes

Applicants who do not have experience teaching ECE will be required to complete EDE 768 Teacher Education Internship. The resume must be comprehensive and complete. The Program Coordinator reviews the resume to identify ECE teaching experience and to determine whether EDE 768 will be required.

The program coordinator and faculty will determine final recommendation for admission to the program.

The Master's Plus Certification or Certification Only Options

Previous teaching experience is not required, but teaching certification is required for admission. Applicants must be certified in Pennsylvania in N-3, K-6, or special education Pre-K-12.

Students residing in states other than Pennsylvania who wish to enter the master's plus certification or certification only options will be given 6 credits after admission in which to secure and submit evidence of Pennsylvania Department of Education certification which the student should secure through reciprocity or other means.

In Pennsylvania, the programs lead to "add-on" Level II, Pre-K-4 teacher certification, which is granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The Master's Only option:

Applicants do not have to be certified in Pennsylvania. This program is for those who are seeking a master's degree in teaching but do not wish to seek ECE teaching certification.

****Please check with your state's Department of Education for more information on reciprocity.****


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