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Early Childhood Education - M.A.T. and M.Ed. PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580


The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education prepares critically reflective teachers with advanced knowledge in pre-school through primary multi-disciplinary curriculum. Students are prepared to be democratically accountable leaders, co-decision makers, pedagogical experts and committed professionals in various early childhood realms. The program emphasizes commitment to equitable and caring learning communities. Ohio endorsements for pre-school, pre-school with special needs or generalist (grades four and five) may be embedded in the program.

Concentrations in the Early Childhood M.Ed. program include: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Globalization and Intercultural Competence; and Early Childhood Leadership: Advocacy, Curriculum and Policy. Students may take any combination concentrations with additional licensure(s) embedded.

Newly developed courses and renewed content reflect program area goals to be the first U.S. university to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) recognition award at the initial licensure level and M.Ed. levels.

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education is for qualified persons who possess at least a baccalaureate in a discipline other than teacher education. This program leads to Ohio licensure for teaching children age three through grade three. Students have intensive, supervised field experiences in pre-school, kindergarten and primary programs, including those in urban/diverse settings.

Admission Requirements

M.Ed and M.A.T.: Official transcript(s), goal statement, two letters of recommendation and Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form.
M.A.T. only: also requires GRE, Praxis Core Mathematics, supplemental form and interview.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

M.Ed.: Students are guided by faculty in the development of a program of study that satisfies both individual professional goals and expectations of the department, college and university. All students are expected to complete an exit project that involves a practicum or action research project.

M.A.T: The Master of Arts in Teaching degree in early childhood education is a program for students who have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than teacher education. This program requires 18 months of full-time study which begins in June of odd years. Students are also required to take the Graduate Record Examination and the math portion of Praxis Core for admission. See Web site for deadline dates and steps of application.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. Students should consult their advisors for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Co-construct curriculum as a co-worker with learners and others (parents, families, colleagues and community members) to make sound decisions for learning and teaching experiences as opposed to being passive receivers of prescribed curriculum.
  2. Synthesize conceptual understandings of children, theory, content, technology, and sociocultural contexts into meaningful activities and opportunities for learning with all Pre-K – grade 3 students.
  3. Engage in the habit of self-assessment in order to continually uncover unknown possibilities in children’s learning, classroom practice, educational theory, and one’s own teaching identity in the local and global context.
  4. Become committed to the children and their learning, the families, and the local community while having an awareness of the global context; engage in continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning; apply skills, knowledge, and dispositions to challenge “questionable” policies that limit opportunities for all children.
  5. Utilize research and theory to develop varied and effective pedagogies and assessments that will positively impact all students’ learning. Learning and teaching is a transdisciplinary practice.
  6. Advocate as ethical leaders and moral agents striving for social justice, and who acknowledges and practices multiple, multiethnic, multicultural, multiracial, multi social and economic, and multilingual perspectives in a global society.
Thesis/ Dissertation



National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Culminating Requirements

M.Ed.: Students must complete an exit project.

M.A.T.: Student teaching is required.