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MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education

Individuals who want to educate children from 0-8 years of age might enroll in Concordia University Portland's Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education program. Read on for course details.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education

School Offering Program:

Concordia University Portland

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

A GPA of 2.8 or greater is required of applicants to Concordia University Portland's MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education program. Students should possess patience and creativity along with strong organizational skills. Applicants to Concordia University Portland's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree. Some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

While enrolled in the online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education program from Concordia University Portland, students could gain a better understanding of the relationship between playing and learning in young pupils. Through coursework in emergent literacy and advocacy in early childhood education, students might also prepare to conduct learning assessments and evaluations in their classrooms. Another course focuses on curriculum development in pre-kindergarten settings. It emphasizes child-centered learning practices that comply with state standards. In addition, it will be necessary for students to conduct educational research and demonstrate all that has been learned during the latter portion of the program.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Concordia University Portland's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education

During the course of Concordia University Portland's online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education program, students are expected to accumulate 30 credits in core, concentration, and research courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Concordia University Portland to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • Developing Character Through the Curriculum
  • Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • Community of Learners
  • Contemporary Educational Thought

Concentration Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education: A Constructivist Approach
  • Play in Early Childhood Education
  • Emergent Literacy

Research Course Requirements (6 credit hours)

  • Educational Research
  • Students choose one of the following capstone courses:
    • Practitioner Inquiry
    • Action Research

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

If a doctoral degree is also a goal, recipients of Concordia University Portland's online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education degree could decide to enroll in a related terminal degree program. As they prepare to become researchers or teacher educators, learners might study topics such as integrated early childhood curriculum, assessment of exceptional children, and infant and toddler development. The following programs might be pursued:

  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Early Childhood
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education

Career Paths:

As students finish Concordia University Portland's MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education program, they could be equipped with the teaching competencies and pedagogical knowledge required to display an understanding of educational planning and administration issues as well as instructional techniques. Students should check with their state's department of education to determine whether additional licensing is necessary for their careers of choice. Positions for which graduates might apply include but are not limited to:

  • Early childhood education consultant
  • Daycare owner
  • Director of an early childhood education program
  • Early childhood education adviser
  • Higher education instructor in early childhood education