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What professional questions might be worth exploring with other inquiry oriented educators from all over the world? An ONLINE Masters degree in Elementary Education (M.Ed. in ELED) with an emphasis in Early Childhood at the University of Missouri -St. Louis is a journey into cultural intelligence, reflective practice-in-action, and child advocacy as Early Childhood leaders. Five core curricular courses plus six courses in early childhood provide essential knowledge and experiences drawn from current research and practice in the field of early childhood education. This 33 hour M.Ed. program prepares graduates with the tools to think more complexly about early learning processes and systems. Focus areas include the following:

  • Meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Social justice and community contexts
  • Creative technology integration for learning
  • Exploring a global world to broaden teaching horizons
  • Action Research cycle to improve professional practice

The Masters degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood is an online degree program. Candidates are able to gain access to the University of Missouri St. Louis’ high quality education program in an online format to meet your need for convenience and flexibility. Completion of this program allows candidates to continue or pursue careers as educators, directors, program planners, curriculum developers in various early childhood settings, small business owners, researchers, and consultants. We seek to foster individuals who care deeply about children and families and seek to nurture the greatest human potential in each learner.

Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Susan Johnson

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5930

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1
The requirements below detail multiple emphases in this program. Keywords have been highlighted to draw your attention to this particular emphasis.

The master’s degree in Elementary Education is an accredited program appropriate for elementary teachers, specialists, department chairpersons, and those who work in informal learning or international educational settings. Candidates choose electives that will support their personal growth and development as an educational leader to impact the communities with which they work.

Diverse candidates will engage in a learner-centered environment committed to the success of historically marginalized and diverse students, research, and community engagement. Within diverse education settings, candidates will: advance pedagogical knowledge, recognize inequalities in educational opportunity, design differentiated assessments to inform practice, critically examine professional practice, and demonstrate commitment to ethical professional practice.  

It is important that both candidates and advisors plan ahead to ensure courses are taken when they are offered in the schedule. Programs must be planned with an academic advisor and meet the approval of the faculty advisor, adhering to the College of Education and UMSL Graduate School policies.

Curricular Program for Elementary Education

The M.Ed. in Elementary Education consists of 4 required courses (12 hours) plus candidate choice from emphasis areas and electives. The general program option requirements are met by (a) completing 2 required foundation courses (6 hrs.) toward the beginning of the M.Ed. program, (b) completing the coursework for an emphasis area (9-18 hrs.), and (c) completing the 2 exit research capstone classes (6 hrs.) for a total of 30 hours.

Most emphasis areas indicate 3-6 required courses. In addition, electives allow candidates to construct an individualized set of target courses. Transfer graduate credit from another institution may also fit into elective hours.

Emphasis areas offered in ELE ED include General, Reading, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education. For the General emphasis, students take 18 hours of electives. Reading may require additional coursework for licensure, as noted. For a Curriculum & Instruction emphasis, students select the 3 Curriculum & Instruction courses and an additional 3 electives. Those who want to take 9 graduate hours in an academic content area may use the additional 3 electives to integrate this advanced work into their M.Ed. program. Required 12 hours of M.Ed. core courses plus an additional 18 hours of graduate level courses.  

Required Core
Students are required to complete the following courses within the first 15 hours of study.
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning, and Assessment3
Required Research Courses
These two research courses should be taken in sequence (not concurrently) at the end of the program. Candidates will design and execute a piece of original practitioner research and present their findings in a public forum.
TCH ED 6909Teacher Action Research I3
TCH ED 6910Teacher Action Research Capstone3
Total Hours12

Emphasis Area Requirements

The M.Ed in Elementary Education with 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 programs. Early childhood education also prepares candidates for positions in community agencies that support families and young children.

In addition to the Required M.Ed. Core (12 hours), candidates seeking an emphasis in Early Childhood are required to complete the following coursework (18 hours) for a program total of 30 hours.

Required:
ECH ED 6412Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
ECH ED 6413Educational Role of Play3
ECH ED 6415Organization and Development of Early Childhood Programs3
ED PSY 6215Psychology of Early Childhood Development3
Elective hours6

Total: 30 hours

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Lynn Navin, Ph.D.
Director of the University Child Development Center

Lynn Navin earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University in 1984. She earned a Master of Arts in Child Development from Michigan State University in 1991. Infant Mental Health was an area of emphasis.  She recently finished a PhD in Teaching and Learning Processes. Her dissertation topic was on using sel...