MA in Early Childhood Education

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MA in Early Childhood Education

Northeastern Illinois University

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education is designed for students seeking a graduate degree and licensure to teach young children age 0-8 years. The program provides a solid academic course of study as well as diverse, dynamic and enriching learning experiences. The program is aimed at preparing high-quality teachers to give young children a strong 21st-century foundation for learning and development. Graduates of the program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for working effectively with young children in learning environments. The program is composed of 42 credit hours.

Goals of the Program

Graduates of the program will:

  1. Acquire a deep understanding of the process of human development and learning from birth to age 8 and familiarize with the field of Early Childhood Education from historical, philosophical, theoretical and practical perspectives including legislation and the role of parents.
  2. Develop enriched awareness of research in educating young children and how such research informs practice to make learning effective and efficient, and also to expand the theoretical base in the field of early childhood education.
  3. Build solid academic subject matter content and professional competencies appropriate for 21st-century demands of effective teaching, assessment and overall professional practice in the field of Early Childhood Education.
  4. Experience working with young children and their families from diverse backgrounds and develop a rapport with schools, communities and professional organizations including NAEYC.
  5. Develop comprehensive sets of interpersonal, technological, research, pedagogical and assessment skills to work with young children at different developmental and ability levels in school settings and beyond in ways that are reflective of the 21st-century dynamics and challenges.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MAT in ECED program will provide evidence that they have:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 Scale).
  3. Successful completion of the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or have an ACT (plus writing) score of 22 or higher.
  4. Three professional references who are conversant with applicant’s scholarship and experiences with children.

NOTE: Conditional admission to the MAT- ECED may be granted to an applicant whose undergraduate GPA falls slightly below the 3.0 requirement but who is otherwise highly qualified. Consideration will be made on an individual basis after a face-to-face interview with the applicant.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 credit hours of graduate-level coursework may be accepted into the program upon evaluation of the coursework and determination of equivalence in scope and content.

Retention Requirements

  • Maintain at least 3.0 GPA (4.0 Scale)
  • Complete required coursework
  • Pass ILTS Content Area Test (Required before placement in ECED 429, Internship).

Exit requirements for the MAT degree completion:

  1. Successful completion of the required courses (42 credit hours) including 135-hour practicum at 3 levels: Infant/Toddler, Preschool/PreK, and School Age - Grade 1 to 3.
  2. Completion of an action research project - ECED-412.
  3. Passing the ILTS Content Area Test.
  4. Passing ECED 429 (16-week full-time internship in ECED) with a grade of B or higher.
  5. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Exit requirements for program completion/entitlement:

  1. Successful completion of the Exit Requirements for the MAT-ECED degree.
  2. Evidence of passing the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

The Curriculum

The program is composed of 42 credit hours:

  1. Professional Core constituting 18 credit hours (these include early pre-clinical experiences embedded in courses).
  2. Methods courses constituting 12 credit hours in:
    • Language Arts, Music and Art
    • Reading
    • Math, Science, and Social Studies
    • Teaching English Learners
  3. Practicum and internship constituting 9 hours.
  4. A research project constituting 3 credit hours.

Course Offerings

Core Courses
ECED-402 Application Of Learning Theories To Early Childhood Education 3
ECED-407 Family, Child And Teacher Interaction In Early Childhood Education 3
SPED-481 Principles Of Diagnosis And Teaching The Child With Special Needs Aged Three To Six Years 3
ECED-408 Language Acquisition And Intervention Strategies For Teachers Of Young Children 3
ECED-410 Curriculum Development In Early Childhood Education 3
ECED-403 Early Childhood Assessment 3
Methods Courses
ECED-411B Practicum In Early Childhood Education (04 Certification) 3
LTCY-501 Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades 3
ECED-452 Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music & Art In Early Childhood 3
ECED-455 Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science & Social Studies In Early Childhood 3
BLBC-440 Methods For Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms 3
ECED-412 Research Seminar In Early Childhood Education 3
ECED 429 - Internship/Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education 6
Total Hours 42
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Last updated June 1, 2018
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