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Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

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Program Overview
The program in early childhood education is designed for those who hold teacher certification and have or are seeking careers as classroom teachers (preschool through third grade), child care program directors or other positions related to the care and education of children ages birth through eight years. Each student’s program is worked out in consultation with an advisor according to the background and needs of the individual student. The program requires a minimum of 32 hours of graduate credit. The actual credits required for the degree may be more than 32, depending on the amount of previous course work the student has successfully completed. Students can plan programs with their advisors that will enable them to meet the State of Michigan’s requirements for the early childhood endorsement for the elementary teaching certificate. This program is in compliance with the standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs promote inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society. The early childhood education program addresses extended knowledge of developing and implementing age-appropriate, individually appropriate, and socially and culturally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices from birth through age eight.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL; 
  3. For Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) , elementary education, middle level education, secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and for students in educational media and technology who are pursuing the NP endorsement: hold a valid teaching credential. For international students who do not intend to teach in the United States, this requirement can be waived. Teaching certification is NOT required for the programs Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (EPDL) , Master of Arts in Social Foundations of Education (SFND) , or for students in Master of Arts in Educational Media and Technology (EDMT)  not pursuing the NP endorsement;
  4. Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meeting the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program; and
  5. Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.

Department Information:

Teacher Education - College of Education

Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Department Head

313 Porter
(734) 487-3260

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Brigid Beaubien, Ph.D.

313 Porter
(734) 487-3260

Retention Requirements

Retention requirements can be considered a “mid-point progress review” in the master’s degree programs. It is necessary to successfully complete all retention requirements before proceeding with the remainder of the program.

To proceed with exit requirements, students must:

  1. Complete ECE 600  and ECE 602  and ECE 609  with a grade of B or better in all three courses. ECE 600  should be taken in the first ten hours on the program;
  2. Complete EDPS 667 , EDPS 677  or EDPS 687  within 15 hours of graduate credit with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better;
  3. Schedule and satisfactorily complete a progress review after 22 credit hours have been completed; and
  4. If a student’s progress is judged unsatisfactory at the time of the progress review, the decision will be reviewed by all early childhood education graduate faculty, with the decision based on a majority vote. Students who do not meet the criteria, but maintain graduate student status, may continue to take graduate credit for professional development.

Degree Requirements: 32-33 hours

All of the courses in the program and restricted elective areas count towards the Early Childhood Endorsement. The ZS requires a total of 26 hours of credit listed in the program and restricted elective areas.

The curricular requirements include a minimum of 32 graduate-level hours, to be distributed as follows:

Foundation: 28 hours

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