Program Details

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education - Initial Teacher Licensure Initial Program – Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Offered By: College of Education
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Total Program Credits:
44 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program

Overview

Prepare Infants to Preschoolers for Academic Success

Develop the learning journey for youth from birth to eight years old in the Master of Education (MEd) in Early Childhood Education program. Offered by Grand Canyon University's (GCU) College of Education, this early childhood education program provides a wide-ranging teaching focus. Research child development and early interventions for children from birth to pre-K, and master the knowledge needed for your K-3 teaching licensure.

This master's program in early childhood education is ideal for career changers and other individuals passionate about the field of education. Learn concepts to introduce you to teaching and learning in the 21st century. At GCU, numerous opportunities are provided to apply your learning. Field experience and student teaching components throughout your program expose you to diverse age groups and working with youth of varying developmental states and intellect.

Programs leading to teacher certification may require practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from GCU. If you are enrolled in the MEd early childhood program, you are required to complete eight weeks of student teaching in a birth to pre-K setting and eight weeks in a K-3 grade setting.

Degree Outcomes

Learn the Skills of Effective Early Childhood Education

In the master's in early childhood education degree, you focus on topics to help young minds develop the foundation for early learning. You review research on child development and growth and learn ways to gauge mastery of milestones. Examine child guidance and activity during internship experiences in a birth to preschool setting and in a K-3 setting. Upon successful completion of coursework and state requirements, this early childhood education degree program may lead to teaching licensure.

What You Will Learn

Master's in Early Childhood Education Curriculum

In this early childhood education degree program, teacher candidates study topics such as:

  • Instruction methods for the exceptional learner and non-English speakers
  • Classroom engagement and management techniques
  • Developmental milestones and methods of evaluation
  • Curriculum development and teaching for language arts, math, science, health, social studies and the arts

Career Outcomes

Become an Outstanding Educator

Common jobs following the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education include preschool teacher, daycare director, child development specialist, school program director and education advocate. Potential places of work include public and private elementary schools, daycares, early childhood education centers and social service agencies.

Note: This program was recently revised. Disclosure statistics on this program before it was revised indicated 76 percent of students graduated on time (within 25 months) and graduated with a median loan debt of $32,791.

Course List

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Major:
44 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
44 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This course reviews research in language and literacy development with an emphasis on effective strategies (such as phonemic awareness and decoding) in Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3. NAEYC Standards 1-5 will be the focus of study.

Course Description

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. Teacher candidates are instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course investigates the fundamental basis of the early childhood field, Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3, including historical and philosophical foundations, current practices, ethics, models of teaching, child growth and development, health and fitness, 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. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course focuses on analyzing theories of child development, Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 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. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: ECH-520.

Course Description

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. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course leads the teacher through the process of assessing, monitoring, and reporting the progress of young children. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

In this course, teacher candidates 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. Teacher candidates identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English language learners. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching young children, with a specific emphasis on language, math, science, social studies, and the arts. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is the first of two 8-week sessions of student teaching experience in a classroom. The student teacher is assigned to an approved school with a cooperating teacher, a university supervisor, and a Grand Canyon University course instructor. The course includes practical classroom experiences, research and analysis, and teaching duties that will support the compilation and creation of a Teacher Work Sample (TWS). The teacher candidates are required to complete their internship experiences in a birth to pre-school classroom. Prerequisite: ECH-640.

Course Description

This course is the second of two 8-week sessions of the student teaching experience in a classroom. The student teacher is assigned to an approved school with a certified cooperating teacher, a university supervisor, and a Grand Canyon University course instructor. The course includes practical classroom experiences, research and analysis, and teaching duties that will support the compilation and creation of a Teacher Work Sample (TWS). The teacher candidates are required to complete their internship experiences in a K-3 classroom. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: Fingerprint clearance required; Student teaching placement.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.