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MEd in Early Childhood Education & Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure)

Students who enroll in Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education have the opportunity to learn about how to teach, lead, and advocate for young students. Read on to learn more about this 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 Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program should enjoy working with children and be interested in a career in education. Applicants to Grand Canyon University's master's programs need a bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 2.8; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program have the opportunity to grow their skills in teaching, leadership, and advocacy in the educational setting. Coursework is aligned to national teaching standards and, in addition to classroom learning, each student will be required to complete 104 hours of field experience in educational settings, working with students of third-grade-age or younger. The program is designed to help graduates identify children with special needs and teach how best to support them. This program does not lead to initial teacher licensure, but is aimed for teachers who are already licensed and want to enhance their skills.

Learning Format:

Online and evening

Program Length:

33 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 has 11 core courses, worth three credits each. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (33 credits)

  • Foundational Studies in Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Child Development Including Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Child, Family, Cultural, Community Relationships, 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
  • Developmentally Appropriate Instruction: ELA, Social Studies, and Arts
  • U.S. and Arizona Constitutions for Teacher Candidates
  • Foundational Literacy Skills
  • Advanced Methodologies of SEI

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

This 33-credit Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program is designed to prepare graduates to be both educators and advocates for students.

Some possible careers could include:

  • Teaching (at schools that do not require licensure)
  • Administration
  • Program coordination
  • Policy making
  • Child development center leadership

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