Education : MED Program : Child Development

MED: Child Development

Master of Education in Child Development (31 credits)

The Master of Education in Child Development prepares candidates for a wide range of professional objectives by offering the advanced study of developmental theory, research and application. Graduates of the program are expected to be lifelong learners and advocates for children, with excellent preparation in research, theory, and practice in diverse, multicultural settings. The M.Ed. program prepares graduates for professional employment in a variety of settings, including working directly with infants, children, and their families, teaching at the community and college level, and preparing for additional study toward a doctoral degree in child development or a related field.

Child Development Required Core Courses (16 credits)

  • EDUC 600 Introduction to the Masterís Degree (1)
  • EDUC 652 Multicultural Education (3)
  • EDUC 701 Understanding Educational Research & Design (3)
  • EDUC 712 Learning Styles and Learning Theories (3)
  • EDUC 790 Issues of Peace, Justice and Educational Reform (3)
  • EDUC 794 Culminating Experience (3)

*Note: ED 794 may only be taken in the last term of enrollment in the program with no more than one other required course in the same term. A graduation clearance form must be submitted two terms prior to registering for ED 794.

Child Development Required Emphasis Courses (9 credits)

  • EDUC 722 Cognitive Development: Theory to Practice (3)
  • EDUC 723 Language Development: Theory to Practice (3)
  • EDUC 724 Social & Emotional Development: Theory to Practice (3)

In addition to the required courses listed above, candidates will select two elective courses with their advisor's approval from a list including but not limited to the following courses.

Child Development Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • EDUC 726 Childrenís Literature (3)
  • EDUC 727 Supporting Struggling Readers/Writers (3)
  • EDUC 728 Developing Fluent Readers and Writers (3)
  • EDUC 733 Issues in Special Education (3)
  • EDUC 734 Special Education Law (3)
  • EDUC 740 Current Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 761 Montessori Child Development (3)
  • EDUC 762 Montessori Philosophy (3)
  • EDUC 763 Montessori Observation and Management (3)
  • EDUC 764 Culturally Appropriate Practices & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 765 Development of the Senses & Montessori Methods (3)
  • EDUC 766 Montessori Language Arts (3)
  • EDUC 767 Montessori Math Curriculum (3)
  • EDUC 768 Place-Based Education (3)
  • EDUC 769 Nurturing the Spirit of the Student (3)
  • EDUC 770 Child Development in Cultural Context (3)
  • EDUC 771 Advanced Leadership & Guidance in Education (3)
  • EDUC 772 Advanced Leadership & Guidance in Early Childhood Ed (3)