MA in Elementary Education Early Child

​​​​M.A. In Early Childhood Education

The M.A. in Early Childhood Education program is designed for the teachers and administrators interested in research and practice in the field of early childhood education with a goal to improve early teaching and learning.​​

​Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education program must have one of the following:

• A valid K-12 teaching certificate or equivalent appropriate to the graduate program or
an undergraduate degree with an Early Childhood or Child Development major.

• They also must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Regular admission is required for assignment to a faculty advisor. Since the advisor and student must discuss and sign the program requirements, individuals interested in obtaining a degree should seek admission to the appropriate program early in their studies. The number of prior courses and transfer credits that may be included on the program is limited. Applications for admission to this degree program are accepted throughout the year.

​Plan A

I. Core Courses (15 semester hours required) Total Semester Hours Earned

EDU 590 Advanced Technology in Education (3)
EDU 660 Methods of Educational Research (3)
SPE 585 Early Childhood Special Education (3)
EDU 698 Thesis (1-6)

II. Cognate Courses (18 semester hours required)

ECE 625 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 628 Language and Literacy Development of Young Children (3)
ECE 629 Promoting Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 630 Multicultural Education as Preparation for Working in the Global World (3)
ECE 644 Theory and Research on Early Childhood Concept Development and Creativity (3)
ECE 657 Cognitive and Psycho-Motor Development of Young Children: Theory and Practice (3)


Plan B

I. Core Courses (15 semester hours required) Total Semester Hours Earned

ECE 777 Seminar in Current Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)
EDU 590 Advanced Technology in Education (3)
EDU 662 Applied Educational Measurement & Evaluation (3)
EDU 780 Master of Arts Capstone Seminar (3)
SPE 585 Early Childhood Special Education (3)

II. Cognate Courses (18 semester hours required)

ECE 625 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 628 Language and Literacy Development of Young Children (3)
ECE 629 Promoting Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 630 Multicultural Education as Preparation for Working in the Global World (3)
ECE 644 Theory and Research on Early Childhood Concept Development and Creativity (3)
ECE 657 Cognitive and Psycho-Motor Development of Young Children: Theory and Practice (3)



Individuals with specific questions about graduate study in the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development may write to:

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Teacher Education & Professional Development
Central Michigan University
421 EHS Building
Mount  Pleasant, MI 48859​

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