Early Childhood Education M.Ed./M.S.

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Auburn’s Early Childhood Education Master’s programs prepare you to apply theoretical and research knowledge to your teaching. You’ll deepen your understanding of the use of reflection to make wise decisions about teaching young learners. In your coursework, you’ll focus on social constructivist approaches to solve practical problems in the education of young children.  As a graduate of our M.Ed. program, you’ll be eligible to apply for Alabama Class A professional educator certification.

Our M.S. non-certification program provides an interdisciplinary graduate-level education for community-based or international educators who do not wish to gain teacher certification/licensure in the United States.

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M.Ed. Degree Overview

The M.Ed. degree leads to recommendation for Class A Alabama professional educator certification.

Coursework — 30 hours

  • 24 Hrs – Teaching Field Courses
  • 6 Hrs – Advisor-approved Education Courses*

*RSED 6000/6006 Advanced Survey of Exceptionality is required if a survey of special education course was not previously completed.

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M.S. Degree Overview

The M.S. degree does not lead to professional educator certification.

Coursework — 30 hours

  • 1 Hr – Orientation to Teaching and Learning
  • 3 Hrs – Advisor-approved Instructional Design Course
  • 9 Hrs – Early Childhood Courses
  • 15 Hrs – Advisor-approved Electives
  • 2 Hrs – Capstone in Teaching and Learning
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Application Deadlines

  • March 15 for Summer Semester admission
  • June 15 for Fall Semester admission
  • October 15 for Spring Semester admission

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