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 online from Southern New Hampshire University.
If you're passionate about helping young children achieve important developmental milestones and find great joy in fostering a patient and understanding learning environment, this degree 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 online program also offers a customized track for certified teachers seeking an additional endorsement.
In the MEd in Early Childhood Education online 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. You'll also learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MEd online 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 online degree 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 estimates 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 online curriculum offers two options for students. The 42-credit initial licensure program includes 12 courses plus two terms of student teaching seminars. 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 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.
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This is the capstone course for certified teachers seeking an additional certification. Students complete a full-time, competency-based internship at a site appropriate to the area of certification being sought. During this internship, the student is mentored by like-credentialed site personnel as well as by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes a weekly seminar held on campus.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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