Master of Education in Early Childhood Education University of Pittsburgh School of Education
The Early Childhood Education M.Ed. Program focuses on the education of young children (birth to age 8) in public and private schools and centers, homes, and other facilities in which children are served. A strong emphasis is placed on developing relationships with the families of young children and working collaboratively with other professionals. The program offers a range of coursework encompassing the needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children in the primary grades. Through coursework, field placements, and practical learning experiences, students develop competence in the use of developmentally appropriate practices in diverse contexts and settings.
- Program Duration: Varies, depending on whether students are full-time or part-time.
- Time Commitment: Full-time or part-time
- Terms of Enrollment: Fall/ Spring/ Summer/ Rolling
- Course Requirements: 36 credits
- Application Deadline: Rolling—priority is given to applications received before January 15.
- Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required
Successful completion of required coursework, field experiences, and comprehensive exam.
No specific course prerequisites.
The Early Childhood Education M.Ed. Program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings that support the learning and development of young children. It includes rigorous coursework, as well as opportunities for observation and fieldwork in schools and centers for children birth through age 8. Students can complete 6 credits of their program by participating in Pitt’s month-long Early Childhood Education Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy.
Basic Areas of Education (12 credits)
- Education and Human Development - 3 credits
- Education and Society - 3 credits
- Introduction to Research Methodology - 3 credits
- IL 2290 - Research Seminar For M.Ed. Students or
- IL 2690 - Research Seminar Online
- IL 2042 - Language And Literature For The Young Child
- IL 2270 - Integrated Art & Music In Elementary School
- IL 2433 - Math/Science Instruction For Young Learners 1 (Pre-K - Grade 4)
- IL 2434 - Math And Science Methods 2 (Pre-K - Grade 4)
- IL 2905 - Teaching Infants, Toddlers, And Preschoolers
- IL 2208 - Reading/Writing Methods 1: Pre-K - Grade 1
- IL 2209 - Reading Writing Methods 2: Grade 2-4
- IL 2268 - Social Studies Methods Pre-K - 4
- IL 2047 - Integrated Curriculum Pre-K-4
- IL 2563 - Sem: Inclusion Early Childhood
- Other Elective Approved by Advisor - 3 credits
Major Field Studies
- IL 2041 - Introduction To Early Childhood Education
- IL 2906 - Community Resources Seminar: Young Children And Families
- Advanced Course in Family Studies or Approved Elective - 3 credits
- Practicum or Approved Elective - 3 credits
One of the following:
- IL 2500 - Foundations Of Special Education
- IL 2501 - Student W/Disab In Elementary Classroom
- IL 2523 - Literacy Assessment & Instruction For Children With Disabilities In Inclusive Settings In Elementary Classroom
- IL 2505 - Autism: Characteristics And Interventions
Preschool teacher, caregiver, private school teacher, work with children in varied community agencies, professional development trainer, and early education policy development, among other related careers.