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Certification courses in this Cert + Master's program are identical to those in the accelerated Teach in 12 program and are offered online, blended, and with local field experience and teaching practicums. Learn More
The impact of early learning experiences for children from birth through grade three is far-reaching and the need for passionate qualified educators in Early Childhood Education is growing. The Early Childhood Graduate Teacher Certification program with the option to earn a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed for students who are interested in obtaining Missouri teacher certification in Early Childhood Education. The certification and Master’s in Early Childhood Education prepares educators to work in the early childhood field in a variety of roles and a variety of contexts (i.e. classroom teachers in regular and inclusive settings, center directors, and children’s organizations) and other positions that require certification within the public and private school systems.
The Early Childhood program prepares educators through a program based upon knowledge of what constitutes best practices for teaching young children within inclusive settings and supporting their families. The program addresses the areas of child development, curriculum emergence and development, developmentally appropriate practice, differentiated learning, diversity, advocacy and family partnerships. Students have opportunities to apply their acquired knowledge in a variety of field and community based experiences offered as part of their professional course work from the very first courses. These experiences take place in a variety of community agencies including United Way organizations, St. Louis educational and cultural institutions, studio schools, the University Child Development Center (UCDC), and preschools and elementary schools in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
Our teacher programs offer unique capstone experiences, two practica in “Studio Schools.” These are schools and districts where design happens, using a “differentiated staffing” plan. Specifically, teacher candidates will work in the school site as a faculty member, planning and teaching to provide in-depth support, flexibility, and intervention for pre K–12 students where it’s needed. The focus of this model is on K–12 student learning. Teacher candidates, supported by the supervisor and school site mentor, will impact Pre K–12 students in multiple, varied and wide ranging grade level, achievement and subject specific contexts. These can include small group settings, whole class lessons, enrichment and support lessons all focused learning experiences.
The M.Ed. program with an emphasis in early childhood education is designed to enable candidates to further their competencies as teachers or program administrators in public and private early childhood program. The program also prepares them for positions in community agencies that support families and young children. The minimum required and recommended courses are as follows. Students must complete the required Core Competencies and Capstone Course as listed above.
|ECH ED 6412||Foundations Of Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECH ED 6413||Educational Role Of Play||3|
|ECH ED 6415||Organization And Development Of Early Childhood Programs||3|
Total: 33 hours