The Ed.S. major in Early Childhood Education is a degree program planned to develop teacher-researchers through collaborative inquiry and action research. This applied program’s primary purpose is to extend the academic and teaching skills of experienced classroom teachers to foster application of these skills in their classrooms and schools. As a cohort group, participants will collaborate with university faculty and each other to do work inside and outside their schools and classrooms. Successful completion of the program leads to an Ed.S. degree and the Instructional Supervision and T.S.S. endorsements. Successful graduates may also apply 18 credit hours toward the Ph.D. program in Early Childhood Education after admission to the doctoral program.
The educational specialist program is based on the assumption that learning is a constructive process that builds on the knowledge and experience of the learner. Through an integrated approach that provides choices and opportunities for decision making and dynamic group interactions, the program is designed around academic givens so that content areas have blurred edges, and participants partner with faculty to shape the paths by which content is learned. Certain beliefs characterize this program:
With these beliefs as the core, this program provides opportunities for teachers to explore classroom and school-based research as a way for teachers to observe and study the efforts of teaching and learning changes made in their classrooms. Their primary professional responsibilities are to become researchers and leaders who use data to inform their policies, practices, procedures, and epistemologies.
Program Academic Regulations
Participants will be expected to:
For a detailed description of departmental requirements, please refer to the Ed.S. Program Manual available from the Department of Early Childhood Education or at the bottom of this web page.
Program Degree Requirements
A. Teacher Development Major (15)
ECE 8100 Social, Cultural, and Political Issues in Teaching and Learning (3)
ECE 8200 Critical Pedagogy in Practice (3)
ECE 8400 Teacher Development (3)
ECE 8410 Curriculum, Theory, Design, and Application (3)
ECE 8680 Internship in Early Childhood Education (3)
B. Research (15)
ECE 8800 Research Capstone (6)
ECE 8920 Constructivist Theories and Research in Early Childhood Education (6)
Select One: ECE 8300 Reading Recovery Theory and Research I (3) OR ECE 9850 Research Seminar (3)
Program total: minimum of 30 semester hours