Early Childhood Education

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education includes three program options for teachers, administrators, other service providers and educators who wish to learn how to serve young children and their families. The Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement and the Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion options are for those who are already certified elementary teachers.  The Early Childhood Administration and Leadership option is for non-certified professionals who are interested in early childhood leadership and administration. Courses are offered with the working professional in mind. Most courses required for the master's degree are offered during evening and summer hours and include several online courses.

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three professional letters of recommendation using required form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Valid state of Michigan teaching certificate if seeking the Early Childhood (ZS) endorsement

The university’s academic policies for graduate students apply.

Program of Study

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education is a 30 credit hour degree program that features three program options for teachers, administrators, or other service providers who wish to serve young children and their families.

Students are strongly recommended to elect at least one core class during the first year of work. Completion of all core classes is recommended within the first 20 credit hours. All core classes must be elected on the UM-Dearborn campus.

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with the Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) program is designed for certified elementary teachers wishing to gain competency in the general and special education of young children birth to eight. This program provides an inquiry-based constructionst early childhood curriculum development and an inclusive trans-disciplinary approach to early childhood education.  A minimum of 30 credit hours is required. This program requires fieldwork (EDD 594 Internship) at the UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center during a summer semester.

Core Coursework:
EDC 540Advanced Child Development3
EDC 645Transdisc Appr: Assess/Collab 13
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Professional Studies:
EDB 522Lead Advoc Admin Early Child3
EDC 531Constructivist Education3
EDC 542EC:Fam/Sch/Com Collab Mult Soc3
EDC 545Develop Assess of Young Child3
EDD 536Grad Sem in Early Childhood Ed3
EDD 546Intervention Strat EC Spec Ed 23
EDD 594Early Childhood Ed Internship 33
Total Credit Hours30

Note: Undergraduate and graduate transcripts will be evaluated for courses relevant to early childhood education.

To be recommended for the ZS endorsement (Early Childhood Education/General and Special Education), candidates must provide documentation that they have passed the Michigan Teacher Test for Certification (MTTC) Early Childhood Education/General and Special Education examination.

Masters of Arts with Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion is a non-endorsement program for teachers holding an Early Childhood (ZA/ZS) endorsement. The unique internship opportunities offered in partnership with the Early Childhood Education Center and the Beaumont Children’s Center for Exceptional Families focus on inclusive early childhood theories and practices. The program provides significant knowledge and skills for teaching children with disabilities using a trans-disciplinary inclusive approach. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required.

Core Coursework
EDC 540Advanced Child Development3
EDC 645Transdisc Appr: Assess/Collab 13
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Professional Studies:
EDC 531Constructivist Education3
EDC 539Child Maltreatment and Trauma3
EDC 546Cog/Memory Dev in Children3
EDD 536Grad Sem in Early Childhood Ed3
EDD 546Intervention Strat EC Spec Ed 23
EDD 650Internship ECSE 33
PDED 505Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
Total Credit Hours30

Note:  Undergraduate and graduate transcripts will be evaluated for courses relevant to Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion.  

Master of Arts in Early Childhood for Early Childhood Administration and Leadership

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education for Early Childhood Administration and Leadership program is designed for non-certified professionals who are interested in early childhood leadership and administration. In the Early Childhood field there is a growing need for administrators and leaders in early childhood. This program will serve professionals (Directors, Education Coordinators and Curriculum Specialists) who need further preparation in supervision, and field experience in administration and leadership. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required.

Core Coursework:
EDB 522Lead Advoc Admin Early Child3
EDD 536Grad Sem in Early Childhood Ed3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Professional Studies:
EDB 583Program Evaluation3
EDD 537Administrative Intern in EC 13
PDED 505Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
Electives
Choose four courses from the following:12
School Budgeting and Finance
Admin of Human Resources
Constructivist Education
Advanced Child Development
Technology for Administrators
Total Credit Hours30

 Note: Undergraduate and graduate transcripts will be evaluated for courses relevant to Early Childhood Administration and Leadership.

Learning Goals

  1. Knowledge of established research and best practices in early childhood/early childhood special education.
  2. Knowledge of evidence-based strategies to enable them to be effective leaders within their respective disciplines at the classroom, school, and/or district level.
  3. Skills to enable them to continue to develop their knowledge of research and best practices that lead to effective instructional strategies for all student achievement.