M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

 

If you believe children truly are our future – and that every child deserves the best possible start for a lifetime of learning – then Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is right for you.

This 36 credit-hour M.Ed. program offers candidates advanced study in early childhood development and learning, focusing on the role of becoming an accomplished teacher/mentor. Courses are founded on established age-appropriate approaches (birth through age 8), while also examining current research and emerging issues in this field.

As part of Concordia’s commitment to developing teachers as transformational servant-leaders, the ECE program emphasizes the importance of working within each child’s unique family and cultural environment, and promoting team-based approaches with other educators and support staff.

Our ECE curriculum also conforms to guidelines prescribed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Next Cohort Start Date is October 27th

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education Program Goals

In addition to meeting all the objectives and requirements for the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education online degree program, successful candidates will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of child development and child psychology, including the ability to implement appropriate curriculum activities that advance all areas of children’s development and learning, and techniques for appropriate learning assessment
  • Establish and maintain inclusive environments that ensure children’s safety and their healthy development
  • Develop positive, supportive relationships with children, families, and communities focused on guidance and group management and incorporating diversity and differences based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, language, spiritual development and special needs
  • Commit to professional standards within the early childhood education profession; understand and process current research and issues in early childhood education
 

Course Descriptions

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education Program Course Descriptions

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a 36 credit-hour online degree program.

Please note: As part of the ECE curriculum, EDUC 578, EDUC 580 and EDUC 583 require clinical experience. Students must complete clinical fieldwork in at least two different settings across three different age groups (birth-3, 3-5, 5-8). Field experience must be completed and documented in your portfolio as prescribed between your 3rd and 7th course.

Early Childhood Education
36 credits
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 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.
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.
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, & 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.
Includes clinical experience.
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 & 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.
Includes clinical experience.
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.
Includes clinical experience.
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.
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.

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.

 

Career Opportunities

The following are just a few of the unique career opportunities possible with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (ECE) online degree available through Concordia University, Nebraska:

  • ECE Teacher/Lead ECE Teacher
  • Director, ECE program
  • Higher Education Instructor: Early Childhood Education
  • Consultant/Advisor, ECE programs
  • Professional development, ECE
  • ECE Specialist, state-level Department of Education
  • ECE Advisor to local, state, and national policymakers
  • School Administrator
  • Child Advocate
  • Home Visitor

Education Careers: Salary and Employment Data

Quickly compare salary and job statistics in your area

1. Select a State

2. Select a City

3. Select a Job Title

Source: BLS Wage Data by Area and Occupation. * or ** indicate insignificant or unavailable data.

LEARN MOREIt only takes a minute...

Please correct highlighted fields...
Online
On Campus
By clicking on the button above I consent to receive email, texts and calls about degree programs on behalf of Concordia Online Education and agree automated technology may be used to contact me. I understand this consent is not required to enroll, and that I instead may call 877-769-9637. I understand that Concordia Online Education is a collaboration between Concordia University - Portland, Concordia University, Nebraska, and Concordia College-New York.