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Early Childhood Education Studies Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

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Your Degree Outcomes

  • Content Knowledge: Have content expertise in the subject matter or discipline of one’s profession as a teacher, administrator, counselor, or school psychologist.
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understand concepts, theories, and research about effective teaching and learning and the interaction of subject matter and pedagogy; use multiple strategies to help students learn subject matter.
  • Professional Knowledge and Skills: Understand the context of schools, education, and learning; design and deliver assessment-driven standards-based curriculum, instruction, training, or administrative practices.
  • Data-Informed Planning: Use data, especially about learners, to plan instructional, administrative, counseling, or consultative strategies and activities.
  • Information Technology: Use information technology effectively to improve learning, productivity, and professional practice.
  • Diversity: Have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions (that is, competencies) to work successfully with diverse learners, their families, and other professionals.
  • Impact on P-12 Learners: Assess and document that one's professional activities as a teacher, administrator, counselor, or school psychologist have a positive impact on P-12 learners.
  • Use of Current Knowledge: As a practitioner-scholar, apply current theory, research, and best practice to improve one's professional practice as a teacher, administrator, counselor, or school psychologist.
  • Generation of New Knowledge: Conduct research to improve practice in professional settings.
  • Communication Skills: Write and speak clearly; communicate effectively with students, their families, and other professionals in ways appropriate to purpose and content.
  • Critical Thinking: Engage in critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving that reflect scholarly intellectual standards and incorporate sound reasoning.
  • Reflective Practice: Engage in reflective practice that leads to continuous professional growth and improvement.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate successfully with families, other professionals, and community members to mobilize resources for both students and one’s own professional growth.
  • Professional Dispositions: Have professional attitudes, values, and beliefs that support student learning and development.
  • Vision and Leadership: Demonstrate the vision and skills necessary to lead and manage classrooms and schools as complex adaptive systems in a changing world.

Specialization Outcomes

  • Child Development and Well-being: Understand the stages of child development and how children learn.
  • Learning Environment: Create learning environments that nurture the development, learning, and self-esteem of all children.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Design developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction that encourages individual as well as group learning, skill development, reflection, critical thinking, and inquiry.
  • Equity and Inclusion: Provide equitable, inclusive education in which each student has the opportunity and encouragement to reach his or her potential.
  • Assessment: Design assessment-driven, standards-based curriculum and instruction that is age and developmentally appropriate.
  • Content Knowledge: Comprehend early childhood content knowledge, its evolution, and its application.
  • Community: Empower the young child's relationships within and outside of the school setting.
  • Ethics and Professionalism: Uphold ethical and professional standards in conduct as an early childhood professional.
  • Reflection and Continuous Learning: Engage in continued professional growth.
  • Theory and Research: Apply critical knowledge of current research and theory to the improvement of instructional and leadership practices.

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