2017-2018 Catalog

Early Childhood Education

http://education.und.edu/teaching-and-learning/early-childhood-education/index.cfm

FACULTY: Gallo, Olsen (Emeritus), Onchwari, Votava (Graduate Director) and J. Yearwood

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The focus of the M.S. program in Early Childhood Education is on the advanced preparation of teachers and leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education. The program addresses the education of children age birth through grade 3 by concentrating on the study of children ages 0-8 and the implications such study holds for educational practice. This degree does not lead to initial teacher licensure. Those pursuing this program will be prepared as professional teachers/leaders in a variety of early childhood settings, including public and private schools (Pre-K-grade 3), Head Start programs, child development and childcare centers, and college and University settings.

The Early Childhood Education program is administered through the Department of Teaching & Learning in the College of Education and Human Development (EHD) and the UND School of Graduate Studies. The programs follows the policies of Early Childhood Education, the Department of Teaching & Learning, EHD, UND, UND School of Graduate Studies and NDUS.

Details pertaining to admission and degree requirements can be found in the Degrees section.

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Early Childhood Education program is to teach and empower educators and leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education. The focus in this program is on educating teachers to be careful and open-minded observers who develop early learning curriculum and programs with the child in mind; thus, the child is at the center of the program, and the source of study.

The program is committed to establishing a theoretical foundation based on research in the field of early childhood education that is combined with practical experiences to prepare professionals who will:

  1. Encourage the child’s natural curiosity and exploration of the environment;
  2. Develop an understanding of human diversity and recognize its value in a community of learners;
  3. Become reflective in their approach to teaching and leadership;
  4. Develop supportive and productive learning environments for children, teachers, parents, and support staff;
  5. Integrate knowledge of children with special needs into curriculum and program development.

Early Childhood Education

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. An undergraduate degree in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, or a related field.
  2. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A = 4.00).
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  4. Transcripts, recommendations for admission, and a personal statement, i.e., a response to three essay prompts, are part of the School of Graduate Studies and Early Childhood Education application procedure. The personal statement essay should be 2-3 pages in length and the prompts are:
    1. What have you already done professionally or personally of which you are proud? Please include a chronological history of all professional teaching and administration experience, as well as academic honors or achievements you earned.
    2. What are the characteristics, attitudes, values, and/or skills that you think will make you a good candidate for your professional role?
    3. Describe several personal and professional goals you would like to achieve in the next five years. Include in your description reasons why these goals are important to you.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree in Early Childhood Education is available in two options: non-thesis option and the thesis option. The program of study is developed together with the student’s advisor (non-thesis option, 32 credits) or with a student’s thesis committee (thesis option, 30 credits).

Non-Thesis Option:

  1. Thirty-two credits including credits required for the major.
  2. A minimum of two credits of T&L 997 Independent Study, or T&L 995 Scholarly Project.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. All credits must be approved graduate level courses.
  5. The program may include just the major, the major and the minor, or the major and a cognate area. The major must include 20 credits from the major department and the minor or cognate must include nine credits.
  6. Completion of a two-credit practicum (60 hours) in an early childhood setting.
  7. Preparation of a written independent study or scholarly project approved by the faculty adviser.

Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to a 4-6-credit T&L 998 Thesis.
  2. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  3. All credits must be approved graduate level courses.
  4. The program may include just the major, the major and a minor, or the major and a cognate area. The major must include 20 credits from the major department and a minor or cognate must include nine credits.
  5. Preparation and successful defense of a thesis.

This program of graduate study can be completed in 18 months going full-time or 24 months going part-time (two courses per semester). Courses are offered on campus, online and a combination of the two.

Required Courses:

Major
SPED 510Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs3
T&L 526Play in Development and Early Childhood Education3
T&L 527Curricular Foundations in Early Childhood Education3
T&L 529Language Development & Cognition in Children3
T&L 530Foundations of Reading Instruction3
T&L 553Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community3
T&L 580Practicum in Schools2
T&L 995Scholarly Project2-6
or T&L 997 Independent Study
or T&L 998 Thesis
Scholarly Tools
EFR 509Introduction to Educational Research3
T&L 569Action Research3
Electives
The student will choose electives in consultation with his/her adviser.0-4
Total Credits32

Students are required to take T&L 580 Practicum in Schools. This practicum requires 60 hours in an early childhood setting, which could be the candidate’s work setting if it meets required accreditation standards.

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