Early Childhood Licensure

To begin the admission process for the early childhood cohort program, the student must meet with an academic advisor for transcript review and discussion of the program. Call (513)745-3701 for an appointment. Please bring an official copy of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work to this meeting.

Next the student must apply for admission to the M.Ed. in elementary education.

Upon acceptance into the Master of Education program a candidate may begin the required courses listed below. Candidates are responsible for graduate information contained in the Xavier University Catalog, such as the comprehensive exam and other graduation requirements.

  • EDEL 500 Classroom Culture (includes 50 hours of assigned field experiences) (3 hours)
  • EDFD 501 Philosophy of Education (3 hours)
  • EDFD 510 Advanced Human Development and Learning (3 hours)*
  • EDEL 251 Instructional Technology (3 hours)
  • EDEL 260/560 Cultural Diversity in Education (3 hours)

During the semester(s) prior to the beginning of the cohort program, the candidate will complete general education prerequisite courses identified by an advisor.

While not required for licensure, the three courses that complete the Master of Education Core may be taken at this time as well:

  • EDFD 503 Advanced Education Psychology (3 hours)*
  • EDFD 505 Educational Administration (3 hours)
  • EDFD 507 Educational Research (2 hours)**
  • EDFD 508 Education Research Paper (1 hours)**

* EDFD 510 may substitute for EDFD 503.

** EDFD 507 and EDFD 508 are to be taken simultaneously, and are considered one class.

Provided the general education requirements have been completed by the end of the spring semester, the student may then apply in January for the cohort beginning in the May term of the same year.

Applications for the cohort program are reviewed by a faculty team and evaluated on the basis of the following:

  • EDEL 500 final grade
  • Field work evaluation
  • Grade point average
  • Miller analogies test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exams (GRE) scores
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills

To be considered for admission to the early childhood cohort, students must obtain a special application from the Childhood Education & Literacy Department Office at 307 Hailstones Hall when available. If students have questions or concerns regarding admission into the cohort, please contact Mary Lisa Vertuca (mailto:vertuca@xavier.edu) or 513-745-3701. Students should plan to apply the spring semester before the summer semester that they wish to start.

Early Childhood Licensure Cohort Curriculum

Summer Semester: 1st Session

  • EDRE 569 Phonics and the Foundations of Literacy (3 hours)
  • EDEC 558 Play & Arts in Early Childhood (3 hours)
  • EDRE 512 Reading Methods for Early Childhood (3 hours)

Summer Semester: 2nd Session

  • EDEC 555 Early Childhood Care/Practices (includes field observation) (6 hours)
  • EDCH 524 Early Childhood Children's Literature (3 hours)

Fall Semester

  • EDEL 370 Field Experience (2 days a week) (2 hours)
  • EDEC 336BL Language Arts and Social Studies Cohort (4 hours)
  • EDEC 331BL Math and Science Cohort (4 hours)
  • EDEC 325 Methods of Observation and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDRE 671 Content Area Literacy (3 hours)
  • Students take "Early Childhood Education" OAE #012

Spring Semester

Curriculum is subject to change.