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Graduate Program (MA)

Masters Programs Concentration of Study

Early Childhood

With a distinctive focus on equity in schools and in other early childhood settings, the early childhood concentration prepares students for work with and on behalf of young children and their families in urban communities. Through a complement of course experiences, students develop an understanding of the unique learning and developmental needs of young children and gain experience working with children with from diverse family backgrounds, including dual language learners. Faculty expertise in areas such as literacy, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, inclusive education, second language acquisition, family-school relationships, culture and diversity, the arts, early childhood policy, and classroom discourse allows students to pursue their special interests as early childhood professionals, applied researchers, or in policy and other practical settings. Our department offers three paths to teacher licensure (preK-2nd grade), but also coursework, applied research and internship opportunities for those students who wish to pursue various other early childhood careers. A concentration in early childhood could help to prepare students for careers in, for example, curriculum development, children's media and educational programming, early childhood policy and governmental leadership and/or advocacy, as an educational researcher, among many others.

MA Proseminar (1 course for 0.5)

Foundational and Theory requirements (2 courses)

  • Contemporary and Critical Perspectives in Child Development, CSHD 211 (required)
  • Advanced Intellectual Development, CSHD 251 or approved alternate
  • Language Development CSHD 155 or approved alternate
  • Advanced Personal and Social Development, CSHD 161, 169, 261 or approved alternate
  • Applied Developmental Science Theory, CSHD248

Field-Based Course (1 course)

  • Field work, CSHD 130 or Early Childhood Education pre-practicum, CSHD 134

Research methods (1 course)

  • Research Design and Methods, CSHD142
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods, CSHD144
  • Program Evaluation, CSHD247 (typically for students interested in policy, advocacy or program development)
  • Statistical Methods (1 course; required for thesis track only)
  • Statistical Methods, CSHD 140 or approved alternate

Electives (3 courses if on thesis track; 4 courses if on applied track)

  • CSHD 145/ED181 Technological Tools for Learning
  • CSHD 154 Development of Literacy
  • CSHD 165 Families, Schools, & Child Development
  • CSHD 170 Seminar in Early Childhood and Early Elementary Education
  • CSHD 171 Introduction to Curricula for Young Children
  • CSHD 173 Curricula for Young Children: Math, Science & Technology
  • CSHD 175 Children's Musical Development and Learning (cross-listed w/Music 220)
  • CSHD 176 Children's Literature
  • CSHD 177 Bilingual Children in US Schools
  • CSHD 178 Creative Movement and Body Language
  • CSHD 179 Child Art
  • CSHD 181 Early Care and Education Policy and Practice (cross-listed w/UEP 183)
  • CSHD 183 Child Advocacy Education Rights
  • CSHD 187 Teaching through Drama and Improvisation (cross-listed w/ Drama 187 & Educ)
  • CSHD 195 Developmental Disorders in Language and Reading
  • CSHD 196 Curriculum for Children w/Special Needs
  • CSHD 197 Learning Disorders
  • CSHD 147 & 148 Advanced Curriculum I & II (two-semester sequence)
  • CSHD 194 Inclusive Classroom
  • CSHD 169 Social and Emotional Development in School Settings
  • CSHD 137 & 138 Sociocultural Foundations I & II (two-semester sequence)
  • CSHD 114 Children and New Technologies

Applied or Thesis Track

  • For the thesis track, 1.5 credits consisting thesis (CD245 and CD246), public defense and attendance at the defenses of 3 other MA students.
  • For applied track, 1 credit for applied internship (CD232) and 0.5 for capstone seminar (CD143)