MEd in Curriculum and Learning, Early Childhood Concentration

Program Advisor:
Dr. Holly Seplocha
Phone: 973-720-2310 
Office: Valley Rd. rm 4103 
Email: seplochah@wpunj.edu

Program Description:

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 teaching certificate may receive a P-3 endorsement upon completion of the concentration core courses. For further information about the P-3 Endorsement program , please contact Dr. Janis Strasser.

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Entry Requirements:

  • Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:
  • 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 on the Graduate Record Examination or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test*.
  • A 250-500 word essay by the applicant on his or her philosophy of education and reasons for applying to this graduate program.
  • A copy of a teaching certificate and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Each applicant should have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.

Exit Requirements:

  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations including one three-credit course in the social sciences selected with advisement and six credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.
  • Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit requirement. This latter requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.

Supervisor Certification Requirements:

  • Successful completion of program requirements as of May 1999
  • Satisfactory completion of the following four courses:
    • Curriculum Development and Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education**
    • Issues and Trends in Early Childhood**
    • Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice*
    • Supervision and Evaluation: People, Programs, and Performance***

**Part of M.Ed. program
***Taken post-masters

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