Early Childhood Intervention - Birth to Age 8

MS

  • Develop administrative & interpersonal skills
  • Gain understanding of inclusive programs
  • Work with students facing developmental challenges

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Administration of early childhood centers and issues in early childhood programs, learning theories, and literacy development are several areas covered in this program. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for the development of the administrative and interpersonal skills needed by early childhood teachers in inclusive programs. The program is built on the assumption that the public and non-public school environments are unique. For this reason, courses and other learning experiences are deeply grounded in those principles of public and non-public thought and practice. 

This program does not lead to a certification.

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Accomplished Education Faculty


Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education

Bernice P. Lukus
Co-Chairperson of Education Department
Clinical Instructor Special Education Program

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Education Department

Michelle R. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms and a curriculum lab with excellent resources for students, including an Ellison machine, a laminator, and computer facilities.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Master of Science in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) - Birth to Age Nine

36 semester hours

The program in EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION - BIRTH TO AGE NINE consists of 36 hours of graduate work. The courses are divided into two categories: twelve semester hours in core courses, which are intended to give the student an understanding of research, child development, foundations of education, and learning theories; 24 semester hours in concentration courses, which provide an understanding of children in inclusive childcare centers, preschools, kindergartens, and primary grades.

Administration of early childhood centers and issues in early childhood programs, learning theories, and literacy development are several areas covered in this program. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for the development of the administrative and interpersonal skills needed by early childhood teachers in inclusive programs. The program is built on the assumption that the public and non-public school environments are unique. For this reason, courses and other learning experiences are deeply grounded in those principles of public and non-public thought and practice. This program does not lead to an initial PA certification in PK-4. Those seeking a second certification in PK-4 may need to do additional coursework. It is strongly recommended that candidates meet with the chairperson to determine if any additional coursework is needed.

I. PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND CORE COURSES

12 semester hours

EDUC 501 Research Theory
3
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 554 Contemporary Learning Theories
3
PSYC 514 Human Development
3

II. CONCENTRATION

24 semester hours

EDUC 506 Problems and Issues in Early Childhood Education/Intervention
3
EDUC 507 Inclusive Early Childhood Education Settings and Assessment
3
EDUC 508 Integrated Curriculum
3
EDUC 509 Administration of Early Childhood Education/Intervention Programs
3
EDUC 510 (CSD 526) Language and Emergent Literacy
3
SPED 507 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
SPED 523 Programming for At-Risk Infant/Preschool Child
3
EDUC 592 Internship - Early Childhood Education
3
EDUC 555 Professional Contribution
0

After the successful completion of coursework, the degree candidate is required to complete a Professional Contribution under the guidance of a faculty mentor and to give a public presentation of the Professional Contribution.