M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning: Early Childhood Concentration

This concentration focuses on inquiry-based learning of developmentally appropriate practice, family involvement, technology, and issues and trends in early childhood education. Students apply theoretical knowledge to action research studies conducted in a variety of early childhood settings. Students are prepared to develop innovative curricula and take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education. Students holding a K-8 teaching certificate may receive a P-3 endorsement upon completion of the concentration core courses.

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Advisor: Dr. Janis Strasser
strasserj@wpunj.edu
Phone: X3140
Office: V4104

Entry Requirements:
Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A cumulative grade point average from past degrees of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale*.
  • A two-page essay by the applicant about how the degree will enhance professional development and what the important issues are in the proposed field of study.
  • A copy of a teaching certificate and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Each applicant should have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.

*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for the successful completion of the graduate degree.

Course Requirements: 33 Credits
Course Number and Title Credits
Research (both courses required):  
ELCL 6290 Research in Education I 3
ELCL 6300 Research in Education II 3
 
Concentration Core:  
CIEC 6010 Technology in Early Childhood Education 3
CIEC 6020 Curriculum Development and Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education** 3
CIEC 6110 Parenting and Parent Involvement in School and Community 3
CIEC 6180 Language Development and Emergent Literacy 3
CIEC 6340 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood** 3
CIEC 6350 Creativity and Play in Early Childhood 3
   
Elective courses:  
Choose three courses selected by advisement. 9

 

Exit Requirements
  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations including one three-credit course in the social sciences selected with advisement and six credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.
  • Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit requirement. This latter requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.
Supervisor Certification Requirements:

**Part of M.Ed. program
***Taken within the M.Ed. program or post-master's