Bloomsburg University Academic Programs

Early Childhood Education (M.Ed)

Administered by the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Effective Fall 2012

Admission. The following admission requirements, which apply to both the Master of Science in Early Childhood Education program and to the master's program with an Early Childhood Education Certification, must be met in addition to the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies. Undergraduate work need not be in a specific field of study.

An interview and a review of academic credentials are required. Applicants who lack an undergraduate QPA of 3.0 will be admitted on a provisional basis.

All applicants will take the Miller Analogies Test. A minimum score of 30 is required. Waivers may be granted to graduate students that score lower but have excellent academic records.

Certification Requirements: Gold Packet

Retention Students must maintain a QPA of 3.0 throughout their program. Courses in which a grade of B- or lower is obtained must be repeated with a grade of B or higher. Nine graduate credits may be transferred into the program.

State Police checks (Criminal FBI Fingerprinting, Act 34 and Abuse, Act 151 and Act 24-Self Disclosure) required by the Department of Health and Welfare and the Bureau of Certification must be obtained prior to student teaching in private and public schools, Head Start programs, and day care centers in Pennsylvania.

Graduation The Master of Science in PreK-4 program without Certification consists of 30 semester hours. The Masters of Science in PreK-4 with certification (Level I Certification) consists of 54 semester credit hours. Students must complete 6 semester hours in foundation courses, 18 to 30 semester hours in early childhood education core courses, and 6 semester hours in related studies courses.

Programs of Study

Students seeking a Master of Science in PreK-4 must complete 30 semester hours with a 3.0 QPA. Students seeking a Master of Science in PreK-4 certification must complete 54 semester hours with a QPA of 3.0.

A departmental paper, thesis, comprehensive project, or the comprehensive examination is required for completion of the degree program. Specific guidelines are available from the program coordinator. All papers must be written following the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide. A five chapter format is preferred.

All program requirements must be completed within six years after admission into the program. Students are required to complete their programs within four years after passing their comprehensive exam. Extensions may be granted in certain situations. Students who fail to enroll and complete a course within a two-year period are placed in an inactive file. Inactive students must reapply for admission, retake the comprehensive examination. Courses older than six years will not meet the degree requirements. All deficiencies, tests, if applicable, monetary and academics must be satisfied before the degree can be granted.

Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education Pre K-4 with Certification (54 credits)

Foundation Core (15 credits):

EDFOUND.584 Curriculum Theory, Design, and Development

OR ELEMED.524 Knowledge and Curriculum Design in the Elementary School

EDFOUND.506 Multicultural Education

SECED.530 Curriculum Develop & Instructional Strategies in the Middle & Junior High Schools

PROFSTUD.591 Research in Education or Current Research and Development in ECE

EDFOUND.504 Technology for Teachers

Certification Core (33 CREDITS)

ELEMED.532 Fine Arts and Play in ECE Classrooms

ELEMED.526 Methods and Materials in Science and Mathematics

READING.540 Intro to Teaching of Reading

READING.541 Reading Assessment

ELEMED.537 Methods and Materials in Language Arts and Social Studies

PROFSTUD.501 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

SPECED.506 Intro to Early Intervention or SPECED.516 Exceptional Individuals

*Practicum or Internship

PROFSTUD.594 English Language Learners

SPECED.557 Linking Assessment and Instruction

SPECED.558 Methods of Instruction

Student Teaching Requirement (6 CREDITS)

ELEMED.594 Student Teaching

Departmental Paper

PECT Requirements

Check with Advisor-PDE updating requirements

PECT Testing

PK-4 Module 1

PK-4 Module 2

PK-4 Module 3

Undergraduate Content Prerequisites

(Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher)

*Blue Jay Practicum is not an option for M.Ed.

Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education Pre K-4 Advanced without Certification (30 credits)

Foundation Core (15 credits):

EDFOUND.584 Curriculum Theory, Design, and Development

OR ELEMED.524 Knowledge and Curriculum Design in the Elementary School

EDFOUND.506 Multicultural Education

EDFOUND.514 Home, School, Community Relationships

PROFSTUD.591 Research in Education or Current Research and Development in ECE

EDFOUND.527 Classroom Management

Certification Core (15 CREDITS)

ELEMED.543 Change Theory in ECE & Elementary Education Settings

ELEMED.544 Professional Dispositions in ECE & Elementary Education

ELEMED.539 Current Topics in Elementary Education

INTSTUDY.584 Special Topics

ELEMED.545 National Board of Prof Teaching Stds Seminar or ELEMED.590 Current Research and

Development in Early Childhood Education

Departmental Paper