The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree was developed for career changers and prepares graduates to teach and work with young students. After successful completion of this early childhood education degree program, graduates may be qualified to teach Kindergarten through third and also have the skills necessary to work as preschool teachers or daycare providers.
This master‛s in early childhood education degree focuses on topics such as: early literacy development, foundations of early childhood, child guidance, management and environment, introduction to the exceptional learner, child growth and development, structured English immersion, and instructional teaching methodologies of language, math, science, social studies, and the Arts.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|UNV-501||Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Education||This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Education. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||2|
|ECH-515||Early Literacy Development||This course reviews research in language and literacy development with an emphasis on effective strategies (such as phonemic awareness and decoding) in ages Birth-PK and K-3. NAEYC Standards 1-5 will be the focus of study. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||4|
|ESL-523||English Language Teaching Foundations & Methods||This course presents the historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for English language learners. It includes an examination of the role of culture in learning and instructional program models, with a focus on Structured English Immersion. Students are instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||3|
|ECH-520||Foundations of Early Childhood||This course investigates the fundamental basis of the early childhood field, Birth-PK and K-3, including historical and philosophical foundations, current practices, ethics, models of teaching, and application in early childhood settings. Professional preparation requirements and professional development opportunities for early childhood educators will be explored. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance.||4|
|ECH-525||Child Guidance, Management and the Environment||This course focuses on analyzing theories of child development, Birth-PK and K-3, the components of positive classroom environments, and classroom management programs, including the framework for the Guidance Approach. Research will be utilized to investigate the social, cultural and familial contexts which influence learning and development. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance.||4|
|ECH-530||Introduction to the Exceptional Learner||This course explores characteristics and quality practices for typical and atypical behaviors of young children in the Birth-PK and K-3 populations. Differentiated instruction and evaluation measures will be examined in relation to meeting the needs of all learners. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance.||4|
|ECH-535||Child Growth and Development: Health, Safety, Nutrition, and Fitness||This course explores child growth and development including health, safety, nutrition and fitness by examining the theories and domains associated with early childhood growth. Both Birth-PK and K-3 populations will be addressed. Child, family, cultural and community relationships are also investigated. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance.||4|
|ESL-533||Advanced Methodologies of SEI||In this course students continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Immersion and other instructional programs for English Language Learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Students will identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They will plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English Language Learners. Practicum hours – 15. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance and ESL-523.||3|
|ECH-640||Instructional Teaching Methodologies: Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, and the Arts||This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching young children, Birth-PK and K-3, with a specific emphasis on language, math, science, social studies, and the arts. Lesson plan models and national/state standards will be reviewed. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||32|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
The dynamic capabilities of GCU’s online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.
The convenience of GCU’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.