Alternative Class A Program Master of Science in Education Major: Early Childhood Education (P-3)

Core Requirements (27 semester hours):

  ED     510     Academic Research for the Teacher (3)

  EED   530     Methods for Language and Literacy (3)

  EED   550     Diversity in the Modern Classroom (3)

  RDG  520     Foundations of Teaching Reading (3)

  RDG  521     Practicum in Teaching Reading (3)

  ECE   533     Enhancing Learning Through Children’s Literature (3)

  RDG  547     Reading Diagnosis (3)

 *ED    595     Internship in Education (3)

  ED     596     Reflective Practices in Education (3)

                        (Must be taken concurrently with ED 595)

 *ED 595, Internship in Education, is equivalent to undergraduate student teaching and requires a semester long internship in the public schools. This must be scheduled during the last semester of course work.


Teaching Field Requirements (27 Semester Hours):

  ECE   500       Materials & Methods (3)

  ECE   501       Behavior & Development in Early Childhood (3)

  ECE   507       Assessment for Children (3)

  EED   509       Advanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning (3)

  EED   511       Mathematics for Children (3)

  EED   512       Science for Children (3)

  EED   513       Curriculum and Teaching in Social Studies (3)

  ECE   530       Practicum for Young Children (3)

  EED   514       Practicum in Content (3)

Diversity Requirements (3 Semester Hours):

  SPE   500       Survey of Special Education (3) is required unless SPE 300 was satisfied at

   the undergraduate level. If SPE 300 has already been satisfied at the

   undergraduate or graduate level, candidates must choose ONE of the

   following courses to satisfy the diversity requirement:

  • SPE 532  Methods and Strategies for Enrichment: Teaching Gifted Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)


  • RDG 530  Methods and Materials for Reading: Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the Inclusive Setting (3)


  • EED 548  Methods for Multicultural Classrooms (3)

57 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Undergraduate Requirements: 2 - 50 hours of undergraduate course work to include the following:

    ED  300 Introduction to Teacher Education (2)

    12 hours of Laboratory Science

    12 hours of English/Language Arts

    12 hours of Social/Behavioral Sciences

    12 hours of Math


62 – 110 Total Undergraduate and Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree



   Students must meet eligibility requirements for the alternative class A teacher certification program.

   Completion of this program leads to eligibility for class A (master’s) teacher certification in early childhood education (P-3).

   Candidates admitted (to enroll in courses in a Class A teaching field program) may complete no more than five approved program courses prior to unconditional admission to the program (this includes transfer credit).  Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Dean of the School of Education and the Dean/Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

   Successful completion of the appropriate Praxis II examination is required prior to internship for all alternative class A programs.

   Successful completion of the appropriate Praxis II content exam will satisfy the 32/19 content area requirement and/or the 4 x 12 requirement in all Fifth Year Alternative programs.  Please see your academic advisor for more information concerning this option.