The early years of a child’s education are crucial for establishing a foundation for lifelong learning and success. Formalize your efforts and desire to help children develop essential skills by earning your Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern New Hampshire University.
If you are passionate about helping young children achieve important developmental milestones and find great joy in fostering a patient and understanding learning environment, this on-campus and online degree program will help you on your career path. Successful completion of this program prepares you for New Hampshire state licensure in Early Childhood Education (pre-K through third grade). The master’s in early childhood education program also offers a customized track for certified teachers seeking an additional endorsement.
Not available for international students.
In the MEd in Early Childhood Education program, you’ll focus on the unique characteristics and developmental tasks of young children, including the cultural, social, affective, biological and cognitive factors that affect learning in early childhood.
In the MEd in Early Childhood Education program, you’ll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MEd at SNHU include:
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume. Additional forms may be required depending on your background.
Earning your master’s in early childhood education can prepare you for a variety of careers. Graduates often teach in public schools (pre-K through grade 3), operate daycares or preschools, direct an early childhood education program and work on policy issues related to early childhood education.
Demand for early childhood education professionals is increasing due to a continued focus on the importance of early education and number of children who require childcare. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating job growth for childcare directors and preschool teachers and directors will increase 17 percent through 2022. Employment for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 12 percent through 2022.
The master’s in early childhood education curriculum offers two options for students. The 42-credit initial licensure program includes 12 courses plus a two 10-week student teaching seminar. Students are required to complete EDU 521, EDU 533, EDU 543 and SPED 501 prior to applying for TCP acceptance. A customized 39-credit track that includes a certification internship is available for certified teachers seeking an additional endorsement. Please speak with an admission counselor for more details.
This course considers how family and culture influence child development including family structures, sibling relationships, parenting behaviors, children's special needs, family violence, diversity in educational settings and the relations between family and community. Students explore their own and other's cultural influences through the lens of diverse cultural perspectives. The challenges faced by children and families from a variety of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds including communication, interaction, education, and societal norms will be examined from the role of the practitioner. Research informs student projects in which a particular aspect of culture is studied in depth. Ten hours of field experience is included.
This course provides students with an understanding of the critical role play has in a child's life. Play is the primary means for learning and development, an important method of assessment and a tool for intervention. Students learn how to assess play between a child and parent/adult, a child within a group, and a child's solitary play.
This course focuses on the concepts of mathematics that are taught in grades K-6 and the current methods of teaching that content, including experience with manipulative materials. TCP acceptance is required.
This course offers practice in identifying and developing basic beliefs and values while assessing contemporary philosophies. It includes a study of the history and current issues of education in America.
In this course, students will develop the knowledge and skills to use technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning targets (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
This course applies developmental theory to the teaching of science literacy in the early grades. Students will focus on preparing developmentally appropriate experiences that promote investigation, problem solving, and exploration. Methods of instruction and assessment are practiced. Attention will be given to designing constructivist lesson and unit plans that align with science literacy standards.
This course will explore the concepts, methods, techniques, and material necessary to effectively teach social studies and fine arts in early childhood. Using national and state standards and frameworks, students will develop learning experiences that meet curriculum objectives in both social studies and the fine arts. Strategies for integrating social studies and fine arts across all curriculum areas will be addressed.
This course studies the role of contemporary learning theories and their application to educational practice, including issues of readiness, motivation, problem solving, and the social context of learning. Students will understand how to apply scientifically based instructional strategies to promote learning.
This course is an introduction to assessment for teaching and learning content in grades K-12. Topics include the types, benefits, and uses of formal and informal assessment. Ethical issues of assessment and grading will be discussed. Students will create assessments aligned with standards-based content.
This course will examine several major theoretical perspectives on literacy development from Kindergarten through 4th grade. Students will explore literacy environments that encourage the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the early elementary classroom. Students will also learn a variety of effective strategies for the instruction and assessment of reading and writing in the early elementary classroom. Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds will be integrated into the course content.
This course will include an in-depth study of literary genre and categories found in children's literature, preschool through intermediate levels. Students will read and analyze literature according to a set of established criteria; explore the work of noteworthy authors, poets and illustrators; and be introduced to a variety of strategies for integrating literature into the curriculum and for encouraging students to become lifelong readers.
Students will be introduced to the issues related to children with disabilities and the educational implications for participation within the general education classroom will be examined. The course includes the history of Special Education, as well as current trends and research. Federal and state legislation will be reviewed as well as the NH State Standards for Children with Disabilities. Students will review the Individuals with Disabilities Act as it relates to the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including title II of the ADA and section 504 and The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973, as amended.
Currently certified teachers:
Student seeking Initial licensure:
EDU571A and EDU571B
Currently certified teachers:
Student seeking Initial licensure:
EDU571A and EDU571B
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
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