ONLINE EDUCATION (Master of Arts in Education/Early Childhood Education)
This specialisation makes an in-depth study of theories and practices in early childhood education. The focus is on knowledge and understanding of issues in the art of teaching children in their early years, appreciating their social contexts, early childhood curriculum and pedagogy, and meaning-making through linking related education theories and practices. Issues are addressed across varied paradigms and perspectives in contemporary ideas of teaching and learning. It extends the knowledge and expertise of early childhood professionals, enabling them to develop innovative teaching programmes for young children.
The number of children enrolled in early childhood education programs (preschool, kindergarten and early elementary) is forecast to increase through this decade. Coupled with the retirement of “baby boomer” teachers over the next several years, the need for individuals with Early Childhood Education degrees could be on the upswing.
Impact the Lives of Young Children
As an early childhood educator, you’ll be in a position to shape children’s cognitive, social and emotional development during their formative years–helping them build a foundation for learning that will support them as they progress through their education.
The curriculum of our Early Childhood Education degree program is designed to:
Meet educational standards that focus on developmental, societal and technological influences on early childhood learning
Help you develop your own teaching skills through hands-on student teaching experiences in settings that serve children from birth through preschool, and from kindergarten through third grade
The field of early childhood education focuses on the education of young children including preschoolers and children studying in grades one through five. The formative years of a child’s life – from birth to the age of seven years – are extremely vital for developing learning abilities, reasoning skills and social skills that will stick with the child for the rest of his or her life. Special government initiatives have recently been introduced to ensure a high standard of early childhood education across the country in order to help children properly develop and learn vital life skills and to recognize and treat any learning disorders a child may have.
You can help establish a child’s love of learning at a very early age. If you’re interested in teaching young children (birth to age 8), but your bachelor’s degree is in a discipline other than Education, our Master of Arts in Education degree program with a concentration in Early Childhood Education (MAEd/ECH) can help you master the skills you need to make a difference in young students’ lives.
Student teaching is an integral component of this program. It provides students with a field-based experience in two early childhood settings: student teachers work with a cooperating teacher and with Faculty Advisor in an early childhood setting that serves children birth through preschool as well as in an early childhood setting that serves children in kindergarten through grade three. The student teaching experience is designed to emphasize the achievement of state standards leading to certification and to present individuals with growth opportunities that best prepare them to assume the duties of a certified early childhood educator. Throughout the program, students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified field experiences. The focus of observations related to specific course content will be conducted in the early childhood settings previously described. Documentation will be maintained in the students’ professional portfolio.
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