Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a 36 credit-hour online degree program. Traditional-progression students will take one course at a time and can complete their degree program in 24 months. Fast Track candidates have the option of doubling up courses at two specific times and can complete this program in as little as 20 months. Courses that can be taken concurrently are PSY 511 and EDUC 578; and EDUC 580 and EDUC 650. Fast Track candidates must declare their intention at time of enrollment.
Please note: Prior to entering EDUC 573A, students must complete three zero (0) credit field experiences: EDUC 678*, EDUC 680*, and EDUC 683*. Students may register for the field experiences at any time by contacting their Student Services Advisor. Each field experience will focus on a specific age group (birth-3, 3-5, or 6-8) and will require students to complete 30 hours of clinical experience with each age group (total of 90 hours for the program). Field experience must be completed in at least two different settings.
Early Childhood Education
EDUC 574 (3)
Early Childhood Program Organization and Management
This course focuses on organizing, planning, managing, and evaluating programs for young children. Childcare and preprimary programs are examined in light of current developmentally appropriate practice. Students will also be introduced to the portfolio requirements for their program.
EDUC 501 (3)
Contemporary Thought in Education
This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
EDUC 594 (3)
Research Evaluation and Design
This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
PSY 511 (3)
Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
EDUC 578 (3)
Infants and Toddlers: Development, Methods, Curriculum, and Assessment (Birth-3)
Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from birth to age three; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from birth to age three.
EDUC 565 (3)
The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development
A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of younger children (ages three through grade 3), emphasizing the characteristics of young children, oral language development, developing reading interests, the integration of all language arts in the beginning reading program, and current issues in teaching the young child to read.
EDUC 580 (3)
Pre-Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum and Assessment (Ages 3-5)
Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from age three to age five; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children age three through five.
EDUC 650 (3)
Family and Culture
Family and culture are integrally connected to children's healthy growth and development. This course equips candidates to understand the complexity of families and to develop positive reciprocal relationships which support and engage diverse families as partners to support meaningful learning experiences and build effective learning environments.
EDUC 583 (3)
Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum, & Assessment (Ages 6-8)
Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children ages six through eight; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from age six to eight.
EDUC 678 (0)
Field Experience ECE: Birth-3
In this non-credit field experience, students must complete 30 hours of approved field experience with children age birth to three.
EDUC 680 (0)
Field Experience ECE: Ages 3-5
In this non-credit field experience, students must complete 30 hours of approved field experience with children age three to five.
EDUC 683 (0)
Field Experience ECE: Ages 6-8
In this non-credit field experience, students must complete 30 hours of approved field experience with children age six to eight.
EDUC 573A (3)
Action Research Project
In this two part capstone course, the student studies and evaluates developmentally appropriate program practices to be implemented in her/his own program in a field-based supervised experience. In Part A, students will demonstrate substantive understanding of critical issues in the field of early childhood education. They will complete a literature review and proposal which will lead to the application of improved practice in their setting.
EDUC 573B (3)
Practical Application of the Action Research Project
In this two part capstone course, the student studies and evaluates developmentally appropriate program practices to be implemented in her/his own program in a field-based supervised experience. In Part B, students will apply their findings from Part A to create an innovative approach which refines their own practice and promotes a higher level of quality and awareness in the field of early childhood education. Students will report the results in a paper.
SOC 565 (3)
Serving and Leading in the Community and World
This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
All degrees and certifications are accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Nebraska Department of Education requires two years of teaching for the certification. In addition, the ECE program design conforms to the guidelines prescribed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Students seeking Early Childhood Education certification in states other than Nebraska should determine the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they will be seeking certification. Written approval that this program will be acceptable for licensure by their state’s educational department should be obtained prior to beginning the program.