MEd, MS & MA In Early Childhood Education

Advising Guide for Masters in Early Childhood  (PDF)

Program Description

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers a master's degree program in early childhood education. The major in early childhood education prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is on young children. A graduate with a major in early childhood education should possess competencies in the knowledge of physiological and psychological development of children birth through fourth grade, curriculum theory and development, effective instructional strategies for young children, and the administration and management of classrooms and facilities for young children.


Donna McCrary, Ph.D.  (Program Coordinator)

Jennifer Dyer, Ph.D.

David L Brown, Ph.D.

Josh Thompson, Ph.D.

Martha M. Foote, Ed.D. 

Nicole Pearce, Ph.D.

Amy Corp, Ed.D.

Other Degree Requirements

Written comprehensive examination after completion of all courses.

The ECE master’s comprehensive examination is completely online and consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and two essay questions drawn from the core concepts of the major courses and the diversity course required on the advising guide.  There are 100 points possible on the exam and the minimum passing score is 70%.  

ECE Masters Comprehensive Review

Graduate Courses: Early Childhood Education (ECE)

  • ECE 535: Math, Science, and Social Studies Curriculum - This course is a study of the content, methods, and theory appropriate for extending learning in math, science and social studies. Emphasis is placed upon formulating programs that extend and integrate the learning experiences of young children.
  • ECE 536: Literacy Development in the Early Years - This course focuses on the acquisition and development of language in the early childhood years with emphasis on the content, methods and theory appropriate for extending learning in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • ECE 537: Creative Expression in the Arts - This course explores the content, methods, and theory, appropriate for extending learning in play, music, movement, art and drama. Emphasis is placed on developing concepts and nurturing creative expression.
  • ECE 538: Classroom Management for Teachers - This course examines the current theories and practices of classroom management and discipline in early childhood and the elementary grades.
  • ECE 548: Inquiry-Based Learning - The focus of this class is to investigate the inquiry approach to learning with emphasis on designing instruction. The curriculum and practices of the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy will be examined as an exemplary model.
  • ECE 560: Early Childhood Curriculum Design - This course provides students with an overview of curriculum development in all subject areas in early childhood through fourth grade.
  • ECE 561: Child Development - This course explores the relationships among development, experiences and practices in early childhood education. Emphasis is placed upon the investigation of theoretical influences on early childhood education.