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MEd in Early Childhood Education & Early Childhood Special Education (Initial Teacher Licensure)

The Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program is designed to prepare graduates to educate and guide young children. Read more about Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering enrolling in the Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program should have an interest in educating young children. It is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in a non-education field, as it leads to initial teacher licensure. Applicants to Grand Canyon University's master's programs should have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program at Grand Canyon University is intended to prepare graduates with the skills to teach young children during a critical period in their development and help meet the demand for qualified professionals in this field. Students have the opportunity to gain skills and experience in educational policy, teaching methods, pedagogy, early child health and development, and strategies for supporting families.

Along with extensive classroom teaching, students will gain experience in the field, with 224 hours of hands-on training in classrooms as well as 16 weeks of student teaching.

Learning Format:

Online and evening

Program Length:

53 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education

The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program consists of 15 core courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Program Core Courses (53 credits)

  • Foundational Studies in Early Childhood and Special Education
  • U.S. and Arizona Constitutions for Teacher Candidates
  • Foundational Literacy Skills
  • Child Development Including Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Child, Family, Cultural, Community Relationship, and Advocacy
  • Language, Literacy, and Communication in Early Childhood / Special Education
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting for Early Childhood / Special Education
  • Child Guidance and Classroom Management for Typical and Atypical Behaviors
  • Developmentally Appropriate Instruction: STEM Subjects
  • Advanced Methodologies of SEI
  • Developmentally Appropriate Instruction: ELA, Social Studies, and Arts
  • Birth - Pre-K Practicum I
  • Birth - Pre-K Practicum II
  • Student Teaching - Kindergarten to Age 8 / Grade 3: General Education Setting (A)
  • Student Teaching - Kindergarten to Age 8 / Grade 3: General Education Setting (B)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program is designed to prepare graduates to teach and guide young children in the classroom setting. Experience gained while student teaching and thorough studies in developmentally appropriate education may help graduates be prepared for careers including:

  • Early childhood education specialist
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Educational interventionist

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