Early Childhood Education

M.Ed.

If you believe children truly are our future – and that every child deserves the best possible start for a lifetime of learning – then Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is right for you.

This 36 credit-hour M.Ed. program offers candidates advanced study in early childhood development and learning, focusing on the role of becoming an accomplished teacher/mentor. Courses are founded on established age-appropriate approaches (birth through age 8), while also examining current research and emerging issues in this field.

As part of Concordia’s commitment to developing teachers as transformational servant-leaders, the ECE program emphasizes the importance of working within each child’s unique family and cultural environment, and promoting team-based approaches with other educators and support staff.

Our ECE curriculum also conforms to guidelines prescribed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Early Childhood Education Program Goals

Demonstrate advanced understanding of child development and child psychology, including the ability to implement appropriate curriculum activities that advance all areas of children’s development and learning, and techniques for appropriate learning assessment.

Establish and maintain inclusive environments that ensure children’s safety and their healthy development.

Develop positive, supportive relationships with children, families, and communities focused on guidance and group management and incorporating diversity and differences based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, language, spiritual development and special needs

Commit to professional standards within the early childhood education profession; understand and process current research and issues in early childhood education.

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The next start date for Early Childhood Education is Monday, Aug 29.

Early Childhood Education Courses

  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 12
  • Course Length 8 weeks

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, Nebraska offers the comprehensive skills, knowledge, and training that can lead successful candidates to rewarding careers in education.

Early Childhood 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 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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    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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    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 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 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 573A Action Research Project
    3
    In this two-part capstone course, the student studies and evaluates developmentally appropriate program practices to be implemented in her/his own program in a field-based supervised experience. In Part A, students will demonstrate substantive understanding of critical issues in the field of early childhood education. They will complete a literature review and proposal which will lead to the application of improved practice in their setting.
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    EDUC 573B Practical Application of the Action Research Project
    3
    In this two-part capstone course, the student studies and evaluates developmentally appropriate program practices to be implemented in her/his own program in a field-based supervised experience. In Part B, students will apply their findings from Part A to create an innovative approach which refines their own practice and promotes a higher level of quality and awareness in the field of early childhood education. Students will report the results in a paper.
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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.
  • Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a 36 credit-hour online degree program. Traditional-progression students will take one course at a time and can complete their degree program in 24 months. Fast Track candidates have the option of doubling up courses at two specific times and can complete this program in as little as 20 months.
  • 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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