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.

For additional information visit the College of Education, Health and Human Service’s website at:

umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_maeced/

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

Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the process at:

umdearborn.edu/gradapplynow/

Minimum Grade Point

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required for continuation in the program. Courses in which grades of D, E, or U are earned cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.00 (B) will be placed on probation. Continued deficiencies will result in a required withdrawal from the program.

Readmission

Students not registered for classes within one calendar year must submit a readmission form. Approval for readmission must be obtained in order to register for classes.

Residency Requirements and Time Limits

Students seeking a master's degree must fulfill the residency requirement by completing at least one-half of the degree in courses offered by the UM-Dearborn (see Transfer of Credit guidelines below). All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the program.

Transfer of Credit

Students may apply for transfer of credit of a maximum of fifteen semester hours from any University of Michigan campus or six semester hours from another accredited collegiate institution. Only graduate credit hours earned during the last five years that relate to the program and for which a grade of B or better was received can be considered for transfer. Transfer credit can be requested only after admission to the program and completion of eight hours of graduate-level letter graded coursework. Correspondence and extension courses, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEU) are not considered for transfer of credit. All courses to be transferred must be approved by the Director of Masters Degree Programs. A "Request for Transfer of Credit" form and an official copy of the transcript must be submitted. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the Director of Masters Degree Programs to elect classes off campus.

Advising

Students must plan their program with their assigned advisor. Contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at 313-593-5090 for an advising appointment.

Exit Survey

The purpose of the Exit Survey is to provide the College of Education, Health, and Human Services with valuable information for program evaluation and program development. The completion of the Exit Survey may provide the students with an opportunity for reflection, synthesis and evaluation of their educational experiences at UM-Dearborn.

The Exit Survey is required for program completion, but it is not graded.  It is to be completed during the term in which the student is graduating from the program. The Exit Survey Form is available online at:

https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/18PbL2NwB5UNUfoM-_jUJOvHBd8dc0N3RAeWtu7l0TWs/edit

Graduation

Once students apply to graduate a Degree Works audit will be completed by the Director of Masters Degree Programs. A diploma application must be submitted at the time of registration for the final semester.

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.

Core Courses for All Three Program Options

The core sequence provides continuity and integration for all program options.  Ideas of policy, change, growth and diversity are developed in the following courses:

EDC 540Advanced Child Development3
EDC 645Transdisc Appr: Assess/Collab3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Total Credit Hours9


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 constructivist 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.

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 13
EDD 594Early Childhood Ed Internship2-3
Total Credit Hours20-21
3

 EDD 546 requires a pre-requisite undergraduate course in Teaching Children with Special Needs or elect either EDC 514 or EDC 561 to fulfill the pre-requisite.

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 Oakwood 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.

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 Ed3
EDD 650Internship ECSE1-3
PDED 505Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
Total Credit Hours19-21

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.

Professional Studies:
EDB 522Lead Advoc Admin Early Child3
EDB 540School Budgeting and Finance3
PDED 505Sp Ed Legisltn and Litigation3
EDC 531Constructivist Education3
EDD 536Grad Sem in Early Childhood Ed3
EDD 537Administrative Intern in EC3
EDT 585Technology for Administrators3
Total Credit Hours21

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