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Early Childhood Leadership

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Education (MA)
with an Emphasis in Leadership in Early Childhood
(a minimum of 40 semester course credits)

The Early Childhood Leadership Program is a two-year master's degree program with a doctoral option. Developed for working professionals with experience in early childhood or a related field, the program offers courses in the late afternoons and evenings. Students take classes in leadership theories and development; the application of child development theory to current issues in early childhood practice and policy; family, school and community relationships; public policy; organizational change; administrative and fiscal practices; and ethics and moral issues in education. Students engage in year-long field placements to expand their professional network and to deepen their knowledge of the complex issues challenging the profession. Students write a Masters research paper as a culminating experience.

Degree Requirements:

EDUC 203 Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues (4)

EDUC 246 Working with Families and the Community (2-4)

EDUC 263 Administrative practicum in Early Childhood Programs (4)

EDUC 265 Child Development for Early Childhood Leaders (4)

EDUC 276 Leadership in Early Childhood Seminar (4)

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (4)

EDUC 294A Graduate Research Seminar in Early Childhood (4)

EDUC 294B Graduate Research Seminar in Early Childhood (4)

EDUC 426 Ethical and Moral Considerations in Educational Leadership (4)

Plus 6-8 elective course credits selected in consultation with the student's advisor


Last Updated: 7/26/17