Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
The Master of Education program, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, is designed to provide advanced coursework on topics specific to working with young children, birth through grade three. The Master of Education degree, with Early Childhood emphasis, assumes a strong, current background in the principles of early childhood education, child growth and development, curriculum, teaching strategies, assessment, working with families and community, and advocacy. The degree is not designed to provide coursework for certification in early childhood education.
Each applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher learning or four years of equivalent full-time college work from an accredited foreign institution.
The minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) required for admission is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Students with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for admission if they provide an acceptable GRE or GMAT score taken within the past five years of application date, or meet other requirements per the program director’s discretion. In some circumstances, a probationary status may be granted to those who do not meet minimum admission standards.Although entrance test scores by themselves do not constitute the sole or final criterion for granting or denying admission to any student, each program that uses test scores will consider them, in combination with other criteria, as an essential part of the requirements for granting full admission.
Applicants who hold a master's degree are not required to submit scores on GRE or GMAT.
Admission may be withdrawn if it was granted on the basis of substantially incorrect information or on the omission of relevant facts, which, if known at the time of the admission, would have resulted in denial. In order to complete the application process,
applicants must submit to the Graduate School the following documents unless otherwise indicated by policy:
- An application for graduate admission.
- An application fee.
- An official transcript of the bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Studies, Child Growth and Development, or Elementary Education sent to the Graduate School by the issuing institution. Another option is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and significant work experience in the field of early childhood education.
- An official record of the score on the aptitude portions of the GRE or GMAT, whichever is appropriate, and if required, sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing agency.
- Felony background check and FBI fingerprint check.
- Child abuse and neglect screening.
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