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Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education Online

Overview

Complete Coursework: As few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $15,360

Be immersed in the world of primary education with a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online from Eastern Michigan University. The M.A. in Early Childhood Education is designed for those who hold teacher certification and are seeking an Early Childhood endorsement to add to the certificate, seek careers as classroom teachers (preschool through third grade), child care program directors or other positions related to the care and education of children ages birth to eight years.

Aligned to National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards, the M.A. in Early Childhood Education provides an in-depth understanding of best practices in developing and implementing socially and culturally age-appropriate curriculum for young children.

Students in this internationally-known online program will learn from our expert faculty who have extensive early childhood teaching, administration, and scholarship experience. Learn to apply cutting edge research and foster relationships with our large alumni network of educators and administrators across the U.S. At the completion of this program, students will be fully prepared to take the ZS endorsement test.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online program will be able to:

  • Explore educational leadership roles, staff development, supervision and advocacy in early childhood programs
  • Create supportive, educational partnerships with students’ families and schools as a whole, and engage with the community
  • Establish developmentally appropriate learning environments for children from birth through eight years, including those with special needs and from diverse cultures
  • Prepare to teach children with exceptional needs in early childhood or to teach in early childhood special education classrooms
  • Research different concepts and ethical issues in early childhood education using data-gathering methods, narrative inquiry and interpretive analysis

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online, students must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 9 core courses (27 credit hours) and 1 research course (3 credit hours). Students also have the option to choose 1 elective (3 credit hours) with advisor approval.

As an online student you will take all your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

To see the full list of our Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online degree program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with an undergraduate grade-point average of at least a 2.7. Among the other requirements, applicants must hold a teaching certificate or have extensive work experience in early childhood education and provide a resume detailing both professional and educational experience to be fully admitted to Eastern Michigan University.

To learn more about our Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online degree program is $15,360. There is a $45 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost. Tuition is the same affordable cost for students living inside or outside Michigan, and is paid by the course.

To learn more about our Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online, view calendar.

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Courses

For the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online, the curriculum is comprised of 9 core courses covering 27 credit hours and 1 research course covering 3 credit hours. As an online student you will take all your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

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Students must complete the following core courses.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the history of early childhood education in the United States covering historical, philosophical, and sociological frameworks from the early 1800s until today. Program approaches philosophies, and curricular models are considered in relation to research implications and societal needs. A focus on traditionally marginalized groups or topics in early childhood will be emphasized.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore leadership, staff development, supervision and advocacy in early childhood programs.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Children's physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development during early childhood will be explored. Theories, principles, and strategies will be discussed, as well as adult roles and special problems of children's behavior. Students will conduct observations of children.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores early educational interventions and resilience, understanding families; diversity of families, models of family, school, and community involvement; and communication strategies creating supportive educational partnerships will be explored.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This class provides and in-depth examination for establishing a developmentally appropriate learning environment and then developing curriculum using standards in early childhood education. Materials from national early childhood and subject area organizations will be analyzed. Appropriate environments and curriculum for children from birth through eight years, including those with special needs from diverse cultures, will be investigated.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination of assessment practices and strategies applicable to the development and learning of the young child. Authentic assessment practices, standardized tests, and developmental screenings will be emphasized.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares early childhood teachers to teach young children with exceptional needs in early childhood or early childhood special education classrooms. It addresses Special Education history, theory, models and laws pertaining to young children as well as inclusive curricular, assessment, and family approaches, teaming and collaboration and managing challenging behaviors.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a required State of Michigan supervised field experience occurring in an inclusive preschool classroom. The accompanying colloquium will link theory and practice.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Systematic analysis of critical issues and research areas in early childhood education. Serves as the capstone experience in the Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. Students complete a research project or literature review on a chosen topic.

Students must complete one of the following research courses.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines basic concepts in understanding and evaluating contemporary educational research, addressing both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The focus is on critical understanding of, rather than production of, research.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course provides graduate students with a general understanding of different research paradigms, key research concepts, and ethical issues in research. The major emphasis of the course is on qualitative data-gathering methods, narrative inquiry and interpretive analysis; including ethnography, phenomenology, action research, feminist research, case studies, grounded theory and archival research.

If chosen, students may to enroll in an elective course with advisor approval. Students may choose from ECE 590/591: Special Topics Courses; ECE 690, 691, or 692: Thesis Credit; ECE 697: Independent Study; or another course with approval from advisor.

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Admissions

The College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online program. Here you will find out the requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

M.A. in Early Childhood Education Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application online and pay application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7
  • Teaching certificate or extensive experience in early childhood education
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 970
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: transcripts_admissions@emich.edu.

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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Costs for tuition do not include standard text book fees or course materials.

Program Per Credit Hour *Per Course Per Program
Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education $512 $1,536 $15,360

*Cost per credit does not include standard text book fees or course materials

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Calendar

Session Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall September 04, 2019 August 14, 2019 August 21, 2019 August 28, 2019 August 25, 2019
Fall II October 22, 2019 October 1, 2019 October 8, 2019 October 15, 2019 October 10, 2019
Winter I January 6, 2020 December 16, 2019 December 20, 2019 December 27, 2019 December 27, 2019
Winter II March 2, 2020 February 10, 2020 February 17, 2020 February 24, 2020 February 21, 2020
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