Birth-3rd Inclusive Education

M.Ed.

Early childhood is a critical time for students. It’s when they build skills and experiences that can last a lifetime. Concordia University, Nebraska’s online Master of Education in Early Childhood B-3rd Inclusive Education degree prepares you to become an accomplished teacher and mentor to children from birth through grade three. This program, as one of the few of its kind offered online, is designed for candidates who wish to pursue advanced study of early childhood education (ECE) in a flexible format. As an inclusive program, this 57-hour master’s program gives educators the opportunity to earn both an initial teaching license and master’s degree in early childhood education.

The curriculum emphasizes a faith-based approach that puts students first. Our faculty have years of experience as education experts and emphasize current issues in classrooms and schools. Coursework is aligned with guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This degree is also fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Concordia’s early childhood birth – 3rd inclusive education degree gives you the opportunity to complete an approved internship, as well as two student teaching placements in preprimary and primary settings. These components ensure that you graduate with the hands-on experience you need to succeed.

Birth-3rd Inclusive Education Program Goals

Establish a deep understanding of current models and trends in early childhood education.

Complete an advanced study of childhood development through the elementary school years.

Exhibit an understanding of the selection and administration of standardized assessments for screening, diagnostics and progress monitoring.

Expand your knowledge of key learning theories and their implications for the early classroom setting.

Understand concepts and issues related to behavior management, education methods and procedures for serving the emotional, academic and social needs of young students.

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The next start date for Birth-3rd Inclusive Education is Monday, Jan 7.

Birth-3rd Inclusive Education Courses

  • Total Credits 57
  • Total Courses 19
  • Course Length 8 weeks

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Inclusive Education degree is a 57-credit-hour degree program. It consists of comprehensive courses in diverse learning methods, along with an 18-hour supplemental endorsement option. This degree program includes two student teaching opportunities to build hands-on skill application.

Early Childhood Inclusive Education Courses

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    EDUC 574 Early Childhood Program Organization and Management
    3
    This course focuses on organizing, planning, managing, and evaluating programs for young children. Childcare and preprimary programs are examined in light of current developmentally appropriate practice. Students will be introduced to the portfolio requirements for the program. (Also listed as EDUC 452)
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    EDUC 563 Early Childhood Education Foundations and Program
    3
    This course provides graduate candidates in early childhood education with knowledge of the history, philosophy and current trends in early childhood education. They will learn about current models and become acquainted with print and technological resources that will enable them to continue to learn in their professional careers.
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    PSY 521 Advanced Child Development and Psychology
    3
    An advanced study of children as they develop from conception through the elementary school years. Emphasis on factors which pattern personality development and learning.
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    EDUC 594 Research Evaluation and Design
    3
    This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
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    EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
    3
    This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
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    PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
    3
    A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
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    EDUC 578 Infants and Toddlers: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Birth-3)
    3
    Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from birth to age three; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from birth to age three. This course will include 10 hours of direct contact with young children, ages birth through three, including those with special developmental and/or learning needs.
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    EDUC 565 The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development
    3
    A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of younger children (ages three through grade 3), emphasizing the characteristics of young children, oral language development, developing reading interests, the integration of all language arts in the beginning reading program, and current issues in teaching the young child to read.
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    EDUC 576 Behavior Management in Inclusive Settings
    3
    This course explores fundamental concepts and issues related to behavior management at the school-wide and classroom level. Emphasis is placed on research-based intervention for behavioral issues. The instructional goals of this course are to provide students with theory, principles and procedures for serving the academic, social and emotional needs of students with emotional and behavior disorders in inclusive settings. To meet the goals, the course will be organized as follows: a) a brief overview of characteristics, b) planning and organizing instruction, c) assessment and educational placement considerations, d) curriculum and programming including scientifically research-based strategies, and e) educational, social and emotional issues across a lifespan. This course will include 10 hours of direct contact with young children, ages birth through kindergarten, including those with special developmental and/or learning needs.
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    EDUC 559 Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Disabilitiesand Other Struggling Learners in Inclusive Settings
    3
    This course explores diverse instructional strategies to meet the needs of students at-risk or identified with learning disabilities in inclusive settings. Focus is on a range of evidence-based interventions (e.g., accommodations specified in the IEP), curriculum, strategies and materials for addressing individualized student needs within the general education classroom.
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    EDUC 580 Pre-Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages3 through 5)
    3
    Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from age three to age five; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children age three through five. This course will include 20 hours of direct contact with young children, ages three through kindergarten, including those with special developmental and/or learning needs.
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    EDUC 650 Family and Culture
    3
    Family and culture are integrally connected to children’s healthy growth and development. This course equips candidates to understand the complexity of families and to develop positive reciprocal relationships which support and engage diverse families as partners to support meaningful learning experiences and build effective learning environments. This course will include 20 clock hours assisting families and children with verified disabilities at each of the following levels: birth up to age three, ages three to five, and ages five to seven.
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    EDUC 591 Instructional Methods for Individualswith Intellectual and Developmental Disabilitiesand Other Low Incidence Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
    3
    This course focuses on effective approaches to working with students who have cognitive, autistic, or other moderate disabilities. The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of how students with special needs are provided educational opportunities in today’s elementary and secondary schools. The course will differentiate characteristics of various disabilities, distinguish collaborative teaching practices, and identify instructional strategies (e.g., modifications specified in the IEP), for successful inclusion of students with disabilities in school communities. The content of this course reflects the depth of knowledge and skill required of effective teachers of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other low incidence disabilities.
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    EDUC 592 Assessment and Evaluation of Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
    3
    This course will build knowledge and understanding of the selection and administration of standardized assessments for screening, diagnostics, and progress monitoring of all learners. Models for the formulation of assessment plans for struggling learners and students with persistent academic disabilities will be explored including assessments based on modified achievement standards. Alternate assessments will also be discussed for students with more significant cognitive disabilities. Additionally, this course will focus on special issues in assessment and evaluation including theoretical, legal, and statistical foundations related to assessment in special education and interpretation of assessment results within a Response to Intervention (RTI)/Problem-solving framework to guide instruction for students with learning difficulties.
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    EDUC 583 Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages six through eight)
    3
    Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children ages six through eight; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from age six to eight.
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    EDUC 564 Children's Literature- Literature for Young Children
    3
    This course provides graduate candidates strategies to select, evaluate, and use children’s literature appropriate for early childhood programs. All genres of literature are addressed along with the history of children’s literature. Topics include methods of presenting literature for enhancement and enjoyment.
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    SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
    3
    This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
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    EDUC 672 Best Practice in Integrating Technology into Curriculum and Instructional Design
    3
    The focus of the course will include the integration of technology and technical resources and tools into curriculum areas for instructional improvement; aligning content and technology standards to curriculum; research and best practice in implementing educational technology in curriculum design, taking on a leadership role in planning for technology integration in school improvement programs and policy design; and the development of appropriate learning opportunities for staff. Theory will be linked to real-life problems utilizing a variety of active learning exercises.
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    EDUC 672B Student Teaching
    3
    This course provides eight weeks of supervised student teaching in an inclusive primary setting.
  • All degrees and certifications are accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. In addition, the ECE program design conforms to the guidelines prescribed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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