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University Park, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Graduate Certificate
Early Childhood Education

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Program Description:
The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education program provides three options (see immediately below) in order to meet the educational needs of a variety of candidates. Graduate level coursework will extend your comprehension of primary curricula and teaching methodology while addressing the required knowledge, skills and disposition reflective of the professional standards identified by NAEYC and NCATE accrediting agencies. The Early Childhood Education study sequence provides students with an integrated academic approach that connects pedagogical theory to on-site field applications, and concludes with a culminating graduate research experience. The Early Childhood Education Program is fully approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to prepare you for teacher certification as well as early childhood special education approval. Option I: Students Holding an Illinois Elementary or Special Education Certificate A student holding an Illinois elementary or standard special education teaching certificate is not required to complete additional clinical hours in those areas in which they have previously had supervised experience. Such a student is not required to repeat student teaching if he/ she provides documentation from the institution at which he/she completed student teaching, showing that his/her student teaching was in K through third grade and/or he/she has successfully taught at these grade levels. Students who have an Illinois teaching certificate do not need to complete additional general education requirements. View the Program Fact Sheet Option II: Students Without Illinois Elementary or Special Education Teaching Certificates Students who do not hold Illinois elementary or special education certificates must complete EDEC499, Student Teaching, in addition to the course work listed below. Depending on their previous course work, they may be required to complete additional undergraduate general education course work, including the completion of a teaching specialization area. Please see an education advisor for further details. View the Program Fact Sheet Option III: Students with Undergraduate Preparation in Early Childhood Education Students who have significant undergraduate preparation in early childhood education or a closely related field and wish to pursue advanced study of early childhood education are required to complete the core and professional courses. View the Program Fact Sheet Certificate Only Program Option The ECE Program also offers to those teachers already holding an ELED or SPED teaching certificate a “certification only” track that does not lead to an MA degree.

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