Early Childhood (Birth-grade 2)

Degrees Offered: Ed.M.
Certification Options: Initial Certification/Professional Certification (combined); Professional Certification

Programs in early childhood and childhood education deal with children from preschool up to the middle school years. Students may choose to emphasize early childhood (birth-grade 2), childhood teaching (grades 1-6), or both, or a specific childhood curriculum field, such as literacy or mathematics. The programs in early childhood or childhood education are also available with a bilingual extension/specialization.

The program in elementary education is designed specifically for graduate students without an undergraduate degree in education who wish to teach at the early childhood or childhood levels. This program enables those who have majored in approved humanities, social sciences, or sciences to pursue a master's degree and to satisfy birth-grade 6 certification requirements.

Study in early childhood education is associated with the Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center, which is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The center has superb facilities for ninety preschoolers and affords students the opportunity to integrate course work with observation and participation in classroom practice and research. Graduate School of Education laboratories, centers, and projects provide a rich variety of learning opportunities for these programs.

These documents will provide you with all of the requirements and coursework necessary for the Early Childhood program.

Requirements for Early Childhood: Birth - Grade 2 Initial/Professional

Requirements for Early Childhood: Birth - Grade 2 Professional

In addition to listing the requirements, you will find columns to log your grades and the semester you have/plan to take required courses towards earning your degree.

NOTE: The information on this page describes our program for candidates who have or will receive initial certification after February 1, 2004.