Childhood and Education Initial Teaching Certification (Grades 1-6) M.S.Ed.

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an academic major in one of the liberal arts or sciences.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  3. Meeting with a department advisor to review college transcripts to determine eligibility prior to applying to the program.
  4. A completed Application Requirement Workshop (included in the online application) detailing: 
    1. College-level work in each of the following: English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Each applicant will have completed this requirement as an undergraduate or will be required to complete 6 credit hours of study in each of these four disciplines. Basic college writing courses (CWP 101 or CWP 102) do not count toward the English requirement.
    2. Undergraduate major or courses applicable to an acceptable concentration.
    3. Two years of high school or two semesters of college study in one foreign language (high school transcript should be submitted with application).
  5. A well-crafted statement addressing the following:
    1. Reasons for wanting to become a childhood/early childhood teacher and related professional experiences.
    2. Professional

      The statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

      1. Organization
      2. Conventions of language
      3. Content

        Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.

  6. Three letters of reference that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student.  Please note that two references must be from college professors/instructors.

These are the minimum criteria for admission; satisfaction of these criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Additional Admission Information

Each applicant will be evaluated in terms of his or her baccalaureate degree, academic performance, letters of recommendation, experiential background, and substance and quality of the personal statement. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions Committee rubric (attached to the supplemental application information) used for evaluating applications.

Program Requirements

Seminar (3 credit hours)
EDU 501SEMINAR FOR THE REFLECTIVE TEACHER (to be taken early in the program)3
Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity Course (3 credit hours)
EDU 620TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DIVERSE CLASSROOMS3
Foundation Course (3 credit hours)
SPF 503EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (Undergraduate equivalent is acceptable)3
Exceptional Education Course (3 credit hours)
EXE 500INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS3
or EXE 502 CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT
Curriculum (6 credit hours)
EDU 654THEORY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION3
EDU 671THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN SCIENCE INSTRUCTION3
Literacy Course (3 credit hours)
EDU 546THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTION (Must be taken prior to EDU 511)3
Methods and Practicum Courses (24 credit hours)
EDU 511METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (Prerequisites apply.)6
EDU 682TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Prerequisites apply)6
EDU 500PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION6
EDU 510PRACTICUM IN CHILDHOOD TEACHING6
Master's Project (3 credit hours)
SPF 690MASTER'S PROJECT (Culminating Course)3
Total Credit Hours48