Curriculum and Learning – Early Childhood (MEd)
Degree Offered: Master of Education in Curriculum and Learning
Concentration: Early Childhood
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This 33-credit MEd in Curriculum and Learning concentration focuses on inquiry-based learning of developmentally appropriate practice, family involvement, technology, and issues and trends in early childhood education. Students apply theoretical knowledge to action research studies conducted in a variety of early childhood settings. Students are prepared to develop innovative curricula and take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education. Students holding an Elementary teaching certificate may receive a P-3 endorsement upon completion of the concentration core courses.
The program is challenging and includes a concentration-specific comprehensive exit requirement as well as an educational research master's thesis that explores the impact on P-12 learning. Up to 9 credits in the program may be taken for non-degree credit or toward the 100 hours of professional development required of teachers in New Jersey every five years. Appropriate non-degree credits may eventually be applied to the master’s degree. Graduate assistantships are available for full-time students.
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
- A cumulative grade point average from past degrees of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.*
- A minimum verbal score of 450 (older scale, prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).*
- Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.
- A two-page essay by the applicant about how the degree will enhance professional development and what the important issues are in the proposed field of study.
- A copy of a standard NJ teaching license or a CEAS (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing) and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
- Each applicant should have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.
*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for the successful completion of the graduate degree.
- The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for the concentration.
- The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during the Research in Education I (ELCL 6290) and Research in Education II (ELCL 6300) courses for 6 credits as part of the 33-credit requirement.
- Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit requirement. This requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.
The MEd requires 33 credits: 6 credits of common courses are required in all concentrations, and 27 credits in one of the concentrations, including elective courses. Up to 6 credits may be transferred from acceptable master’s graduate programs from outside the University. In addition, with approval of an advisor, elective courses may be selected from other concentrations within the program. Written approval to take any course other than those listed for the program must be obtained in advance in order to obtain a valid substitution.
|MEd in Curriculum and Learning program|
|Required Common Courses (for all concentrations)||6 credits|
|Research (both courses required)||6 credits|
|ELCL 6290 Research in Education I||3|
|ELCL 6300 Research in Education II||3|
|Recommended Elective Courses (select one or more of the following with advisement):|
|ELCL 6190 Applied Developmental Psychology||3|
|TBED 5420 Multiculturalism and Acculturation||3|
|EDLP 6040 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice**||3|
|EDLP 6090 Supervision and Evaluation: Performance Appraisal**||3|
|** This course counts toward the 12-credit supervisory certificate and may be taken within the MEd program or post-master's.|
Early Childhood concentration
This concentration focuses on inquiry-based learning of developmentally appropriate practice, family involvement, technology, and issues and trends in early childhood education. Students apply theoretical knowledge to action research studies conducted in a variety of early childhood settings. Students are prepared to develop innovative curricula and take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education. Students holding a K-8 certificate may receive a P-3 endorsement upon completion of the concentration core courses.
|Concentration Core||18 credits|
|CIEC 6010 Technology in Early Childhood Education||3|
|CIEC 6020 Curriculum Development and Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education***||3|
|CIEC 6110 Parenting and Parent Involvement in School and Community||3|
|CIEC 6180 Language Development and Emergent Literacy||3|
|CIEC 6340 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood***||3|
|CIEC 6350 Creativity and Play in Early Childhood||3|
|Elective Courses||9 credits|
|Choose three courses selected from other concentrations in the curriculum and learning program or other relevant courses determined by advisement.|
|***This course counts as 3 credits toward 6 credits of elective courses for the supervisory endorsement program.|