Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Early Childhood Education (MA) Program Apart?

FOCUS:
  • UM-Flint’s Early Childhood Education program is developed for individuals who have or are seeking careers as teachers of young children, birth through eight years old.
  • The program offers three tracks:
    • Masters of Arts in Education – For early childhood education professionals who seek graduate study in their field, or for those seeking a career in early childhood education (including individuals with extensive backgrounds in child development who do not hold an elementary teaching certificate). This two-year, part-time program requires 33-36 credit hours.
    • Master of Arts in Education with ZS Endorsement – Designed for certified teachers who seek graduate education in early childhood education and the ZS endorsement. This two-year, part-time program requires 33-36 credit hours including 6 credits of field experience.
    • Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement – Appropriate for those holding an elementary certificate who desire the ZS endorsement. Requires 27 credit hours, including six credits of field experience.
      Note: The endorsement program in Early Childhood Education can be pursued as part of the master's program in Early Childhood education or independently.  However, to qualify for federal financial aid (including loans), one must be enrolled in the master's program.
FLEXIBILITY:
  • Thesis and non-thesis options are available for the MA in Education degree.
  • Classes are held on UM-Flint’s campus, primarily in the evenings.
RESOURCES:
  • Like all University of Michigan faculty, UM-Flint’s Early Childhood Education instructors are true “leaders and best” – experienced, tested, and respected experts in their field.
RESULTS:
  • UM-Flint’s Early Childhood Education program with ZS Endorsement prepares you to add the Early Childhood Education (ZS) endorsement to your Michigan teaching certificate.
  • Students who earn their Early Childhood Education (MA) degree from UM-Flint develop extensive knowledge and real-world experience in their field as they prepare for careers working with young children.

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • If applying for the ZS endorsement, an elementary or special education Michigan teaching certificate is required; otherwise, certificate not required.

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Purpose describing your goals for entering the graduate program and how these goals connect to your views on teaching and learning
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably with at least one from an academic reference and one from an individual familiar with your teaching or professional work
  • A copy of your teaching certificate is required if you will be applying for the ZS endorsement
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:     

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – May 15

*You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

Courses

Early Childhood Education (Master of Arts)

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is designed for individuals who currently have or are seeking careers as educators of young children, birth through eight years of age. It focuses on educational issues and practices appropriate for this population. Coursework outside of the concentration strand has been designed to support and enhance the concepts presented. Students select the thesis option (33 credits) or non-thesis option (36 credits). Individuals who wish to pursue a research career, administrative position and/or doctoral degree in education are encouraged to select the thesis option. The program complies with the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The program is open to individuals who hold elementary teaching certification. Individuals with extensive backgrounds in child development who do not hold an elementary teaching certificate may also be considered for admission. Upon successful completion of the concentration, the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education (Test Code 106), and a minimum of 300 contact hours (150 with each of two of the age groups infant-toddler, preprimary, and K-3rd grade), graduates with teaching certificates from the State of Michigan will be eligible for a certificate endorsement in early childhood education (coded ZS in Michigan).

Requirements.

  1. Core education courses (6 credits)
    EDE 500 - Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching.  or EDE 601 - Contemporary Issues in Educational Policy in a Pluralistic Society. 
    EDE 670 - Research Seminar. 
  2. Early childhood education strand (18 credits).
    1. ECE 500 - Current Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education. 
      ECE 522 - Understanding and Working with Parents of Young Children. 
      ECE 541 - Developmental Assessment of Young Children’s Learning. 
      ECE 645 - Advanced Study of Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum. 
    2. Two from:
      ECE 520 - Early Childhood Special Education. 
      ECE 649 - Administration, Organization and Operation of Early Childhood Programs. 
      ECE 660 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Infant-Toddler Settings. 
      ECE 661 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Pre-Primary Settings. 
      ECE 662 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Primary Settings. 
      EDE 545 - Instructional Issues in Multicultural Education. 
      EDE 580 - Independent Study in Elementary Education. 
      EDE 585 - Special Topics in Elementary Education. 
      EDN 510 - Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom. 
      EDR 520 - Reading and Writing Development of Young Children. 
      EDR 530 - Children’s Literature.  
      ECE 645 - Advanced Study of Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum.  
      Students who do not have the State of Michigan Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) and who wish to receive it with this degree program must elect two courses from ECE 660 , ECE 661 , ECE 662 . Students who already have the ZA endorsement can elect any 6 credits from the list.
  3. Cognate courses (6 credits).Two from:
    LIN 520 - Linguistics for Teachers. 
    LIN 521 - First Language Acquisition. 
    PSY 500 - Growth and Development of Young Children. 
  4. Thesis or non-thesis option (33-36 credits).
    1. Non-thesis option (6 credits). Additional courses listed under A or B2 above, and/or ECE 520 .
    2. Thesis option (3 credits). EDE 698  (prerequisite: completion of at least 24 credit hours).

Early Childhood Endorsement


This 27-credit-program is designed for individuals who hold elementary teaching certification and wish to add the Early  Childhood endorsement to their teaching certificates. All coursework applied toward the endorsement may also be applied  toward a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Upon successful completion of the endorsement program and the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education, individuals will be eligible for a certificate endorsement in early childhood education (coded ZS in Michigan). A minimum of 300 contact hours in two of the three following age groups: infant-toddler, pre-primary and K-3rd grade (150 hours in each setting selected). Students should consult an early childhood advisor before registering for field courses.

Requirements.

  1. Core early childhood courses (18 credits).
    ECE 500 - Current Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education. ECE 520 - Early Childhood Special Education. 
    ECE 520 - Early Childhood Special Education. 
    ECE 522 - Understanding and Working with Parents of Young Children. ECE 533 - Working with Infants and Toddlers. 
    ECE 533 - Working with Infants and Toddlers. 
    ECE 541 - Developmental Assessment of Young Children’s Learning. 
    ECE 645 - Advanced Study of Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum. 
  2. Field Experiences (6 credits). Each includes minimum of 150 contact hours in age groups: Infant/Toddlers and one of Preprimary or Grades K-3.
    1. ECE 660 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Infant-Toddler Settings.   
    2. One from:
        ECE 661 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Pre-Primary Settings.      
        ECE 662 - Advanced Supervised Field Experience in Primary Settings. 
  3. Electives (3 credits).
    One from: ECE 543 , ECE 649 EDE 500 EDE 545  (prerequisite: EDE 432 / EDE 532 ), EDE 585 , EDE 601 EDN 510 ; EDR 520 , EDR 530 , EDR 535 , EDR 645 ; LIN 520 , LIN 521 ; PSY 500 .

 

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