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Education, Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education emphasis

The Master of Education program in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in early childhood education allows educators to gain master's-level understanding and content specialization in early childhood education. This prepares educators to be leaders in early childhood pre-K settings, from birth through age eight (3rd grade).

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Program Overview

This program prepares teachers serving children age birth through age eight, early interventionists, and supervisors and directors in preschools, child care centers, child development centers, and Head Start programs, as well as researchers and program specialists in the field for general and high-risk students. It is grounded in principles of child development and is designed to further students' understanding of developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive instruction and assessment, as well as enhance students' knowledge of how to work with families and support children with special needs.

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