Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis on Early Childhood Education
Marshall University offers a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education designed for students who already possess initial teacher licensure in West Virginia. Admission requirements include completing the Graduate Application form, holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, and submission of GRE or MAT scores (applicants should score 800 or above on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or at least 387 on the MAT).
The MA in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood is a 39 credit hour program with two options. One is for teachers already licensed in Early Education and the second is for teachers licensed in Elementary Education. Core required courses include: Educational Research and Writing or Qualitative Research in Education; Advanced Studies in Human Development; Applications Software in the Classroom Curriculum or Instructional Design and Technology or Using the Internet in the Classroom; Instructional Models and Assessment Techniques or Advanced Instructional Strategies; and Educational Evaluation or Curriculum in the Modern Elementary School or Middle Childhood Curriculum.
The area of emphasis courses for option one are: Current Influences on Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Programs, Adult Involvement in Early Education, Language and Cognition in Early Childhood, Literacy Acquisition, Current Issues in Child Development or Human Growth and Development Birth to 8. There is also a Capstone Experience and an advisor approved elective.
Option two includes the following courses: Early Childhood Programs, Adult Involvement in Early Education, Language and Cognition in Early Childhood, Administration of Early Childhood Programs, Human Growth and Development Birth to 8, and a Practicum in Early Childhood Education. Likewise, there is also a Capstone Experience and an advisor approved elective.
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Marshall University is a four-year public school located in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall was founded in 1837 as Marshall Academy, named for John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Extended campus sites are located in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Beckley, Logan, and Gilbert.
Marshall University offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, post baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates, and doctor’s degrees (research and professional practice). Over 150 online classes are available every semester through Marshall University Online, and many bachelor's and master's degrees can be earned completely online.
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