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Master of Education Early Childhood Education Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 49 Tuition: $12,900
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Program Overview


Learn how you can impact a child's life during their formative years in the Master of Education – Early Childhood Education online program from Eastern Washington University.

Study relevant topics such as the science of early childhood development, creating positive learning environments for children, leadership and policy, and understanding family systems and engagement.

The program is aligned with standards put forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the course content reflects current evidence-based practices for working with and supporting young children (birth through age 8) and their families.

If you already hold a teaching certificate, you will be eligible for an added endorsement in early childhood education (grades P-3) when you complete this program. Otherwise, enhance your credentials to serve in a leadership role in a public agency such as Head Start, or in a private preschool or child care center.

This online program could be beneficial for your career in various ways:

  • The curriculum content mirrors Washington State's vision for early learning "...all children start life with a solid foundation for success based on strong families and a world-class early learning system for all children prenatal through grade 3. Accessible, accountable, and developmentally and culturally appropriate, our system partners with families to ensure that every child is healthy, capable and confident in school and life."
  • Current state and national early childhood workforce trends reflect an increasing awareness of the long-term benefits of early childhood education. Specifically, expansion of state public preschool programs, increased focus on home-visiting outcomes, and reduced student-teacher ratios in K-3 classrooms.
  • Beyond teaching positions, there is an increasing demand among other careers in the early childhood field—such as Early Childhood Program Specialist or Coach for state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The M.Ed. with ECE emphasis supports meeting qualifications for these career trajectories.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Education – Early Childhood Education online, you must complete 12 courses (49 credit hours), comprised of 25 credit hours of common core courses (including an internship) and 24 credit hours of specialization courses. All courses are six weeks in length.

To see the full list of M.Ed. – Early Childhood Education online courses, view courses.

Admissions

As an applicant for the Master of Education – Early Childhood Education online degree program, you must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and submit transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded undergraduate credits.

To learn more about our M.Ed. – Early Childhood Education online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

As a student in the Master of Education – Early Childhood Education online degree program, you can pay for each course as you enroll. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee. Tuition is the same for students living in Washington or outside the state.

To learn more about our M.Ed. – Early Childhood Education online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With seven start dates each year, the Master of Education – Early Childhood Education online degree program is convenient and accessible. Before beginning, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the M.Ed. – Early Childhood Education online, view calendar.

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Courses


The Master of Education – Early Childhood Education online curriculum is comprised of 12 courses (49 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of common core courses and 24 credit hours of specialization courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on reforming and transforming the processes, perceptions and practices of learning and teaching by emphasizing diversity, social justice and equity. First, psychological principles underlying current educational culture will be analyzed. Second, reforming relationships, interactions and contexts for learning will be addressed through reflective practices, and third, rethinking and transforming connections, will be viewed through the lens of learners of diverse backgrounds.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Four philosophies in education will be studied. The implications of each for school organization and classroom instruction will be examined. Participants will be invited to analyze their beliefs and how these beliefs form into a coherent philosophy of education.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

An analysis of American democratic ideology in relation to major social problems such as race, social stratification, leisure, population movements, family life, and the involvement of the public schools. For students in the M.Ed. – Educational Leadership, Principal Certification program, EDUC 531 or 532 are department-approved substitutes for EDUC 505 in the M.Ed. common core.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Required of all graduate students pursuing the master of education degree program unless an alternative research course is scheduled. It provides the background of research methods and techniques necessary for meeting the requirements of Education 600 or 601. The methods, tools, and strategies used in educational research, both quantitative and qualitative, will be explored. Continued level teacher certification research requirements may be met through this course.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: varies per program

Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

This course provides M.Ed. candidates the opportunity to assemble a portfolio of work from graduate courses in education that include a reflective component. Candidates will provide evidence aligned with corresponding program competencies. The course also provides candidates the opportunity to prepare for the written comprehensive examination, which serves as the capstone experience in lieu of a thesis or research report.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course covers early childhood development (birth-8), which includes the impact of prenatal, as well as social and societal influences. Students will learn about brain development and how risk and protective factors can impact social-emotional, physical and cognitive growth in young children.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course will focus on classical and contemporary issues in early childhood education (birth-8). Five larger domains (i.e., stakeholders in ECE, differentiation, standards, and curricula) will be examined through selected readings.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Course content will provide a framework for early childhood professionals to plan, deliver and assess evidence-based, integrated curriculum content in the early childhood classroom (e.g., math, science, social studies, music, creative arts).

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course prepares students to create a positive climate for young children. The quality of learning environments will be examined with regard to both the social and physical design and layout. Students will explore the function of behavior and define preventative strategies in early childhood home and classroom settings.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course is based on an understanding of family systems and the application of family-centered principles in early childhood education and home-based services. Students will gain an understanding of family and cultural contexts in which child development occurs and explore service delivery models and frameworks for supporting a collaborative partnership with families.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course will require students to think critically about the evolution of policies, programs and practices in early care and education. Students will apply perspectives to current practice and policy through critical analysis of research, and program evaluation.

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Admissions


Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Education – Early Childhood Education online program, along with information on required documents.

M.Ed. – Early Childhood Education Online Requirements

  • No teaching certificate required
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded undergraduate credits
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Studies
206 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

Have a question? Call us at 800-826-3411.

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Tuition


Tuition for the Master of Education – Early Childhood Education online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included, except for a $75 application fee.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Master of Education – Early Childhood Education $263.26 $1,053.04 $12,900
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Calendar


The M.Ed. – Early Childhood Education program is delivered in an online format that is ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall I Sept. 17, 2018 Aug. 31, 2018 Sept. 12, 2018 Sept. 14, 2018 Oct. 26, 2018
Fall II Oct. 29, 2018 Oct. 15, 2018 Oct. 24, 2018 Oct. 26, 2018 Dec. 7, 2018
Winter I Jan. 4, 2019 Dec. 19, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018 Jan. 3, 2019 Feb. 14, 2019
Winter II Feb. 15, 2019 Feb. 1, 2019 Feb. 12, 2019 Feb. 14, 2019 March 28, 2019
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