Youngtown State University offers a Master of Science in Teacher Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education for students and professionals in education who are interested in working with developing children in kindergarten to third grade. Students will learn about early childhood pedagogy, community connectedness, technology, administration, policy analysis, and advocacy, as well as be prepared with specialized skill and advanced knowledge to specialize in assisting young students in their education.
Students may develop their educational capabilities through the curriculum as they learn to help young children grow through education and guidance. Classes that will help to facilitate these skills include Fundamentals of Curriculum Development, Psychology of Learning and Education, and Action Research in Urban and Rural Education, among others.
Upon completion of the program, students should have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional qualifications for roles as educators of children who are in their early stages of their educational career. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to assess the role of sociocultural contexts, diversity, and human relationships in influencing the development of young children, and being able to evaluate existing systems of early care and education and work to improve outcomes for young children and their families. Successful students should also be able to demonstrate abilities as skillful leaders, managers of change, relationship builders, and collaborators with family members, colleagues, and agencies related to the field of early childhood. Other skills include promotion of positive short- and long-term outcomes for young children and families and positive social change, and application of self-reflection to evaluate and ensure professional growth as advocates and leaders who promote positive social change in the field of early childhood.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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