Graduate Programs in Elementary Education
The Master of Education in elementary education will provide you with a strong foundation in professional knowledge, experience in combining theory with practice, and opportunities for curriculum development and application. You may pursue an M.Ed. and a teaching license separately or concurrently.
This is a required course for graduates seeking initial certification in elementary education. The course examines the historical basis of American education, curriculum, and instruction. There is an emphasis on suitability for teaching. Field experience is a component of the course.
Early Childhood Care/Practices
This course holistically examines aspects of working as an early childhood professional with families and children birth through age 8. Issues on the education and care of these young children with and without disabilities from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds will be studied. Issues include, but are not limited to, full day childcare, early intervention, early childhood special education, early childhood education, and best practices in facilitating young children's learning and development. The course content examines current theories, theorists, programs, and practices in early childhood care/education and child development.
Play and Arts in Early Childhood
Theory and practice concerning developmental aspects of play and creativity and their relationship to music, movement, creative drama and the visual arts. Art production techniques. Active emphasis on age appropriate art activities as well as student's own artistic development. Teacher's role in preparation of environment for children from diverse backgrounds and special needs.