May 23, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Early Childhood Education [M.A.]


Program Overview

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. This online program requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. The actual credits required for the degree may be more than 30, depending on the amount of previous coursework the student 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 complies with the standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This program follows all Academic Policies and Processes as outlined in Graduate School policies. 

Watermark monitors student progress. This process occurs naturally through each student’s enrollment in courses throughout the program.

Model

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs promote inquiry, advocacy, and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society. This online 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.

This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Program Admission


Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Hold Teacher Certification. This requirement may be waived for international applicants who do not intend to teach in the United States.

Department Information


Teacher Education 313 Porter, 734.487.3260

Wendy Burke, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information


Wendy Burke, PhD, 313 Porter, 734.487.3260

Degree Requirements: 30 hours


All of the courses in the program and restricted elective areas count towards the Early Childhood Endorsement. The ZS requires a total of 27 hours of credit listed in the program and restricted elective areas.

The curricular requirements include a minimum of 30 graduate-level hours, to be distributed as follows:

Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.