Shippensburg University has been educating teachers for more than 140 years; thus, teacher education is part of the very fabric of the university. We designed our master's of early childhood education degree program to provide you with experience in diverse educational settings. Graduate students who are interested in expanding their teaching skills, participating in assessment and policy work, and learning about child development often enroll in our early education master's program.
Emphasis is placed on working with young children and their families. You will apply classroom knowledge of child development, families and best teaching practices to a variety of educational settings including public school kindergarten and primary programs, preschool programs, Head Start, child care, parenting and family support programs.
At the completion of the program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of theory and practice for planning and implementing programs for individual and groups of children.
- Apply and analyze the core knowledge and to systematically develop appropriate curriculum for individual and groups of children.
- Demonstrate capability to refine the core knowledge and evaluate and apply research to improve practice.
- Develop and conduct assessments of individual children and groups.
- Demonstrate understanding of family strengths and areas for support as they form authentic partnerships with families.
- Reflect on practices that result in improved programming for young children and families.
- Use strategies for effectively advocating for policies designed to improve conditions for children, families, and the profession.
- Contribute to continuing professional development in the field of early childhood education.
The early childhood program has been awarded national recognition by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the premier professional organization for early childhood education. This recognition is through the auspices of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE is the lead organization that accredits teacher preparation programs throughout the country).
NCATE has demonstrated that quality teacher preparation makes a difference in student learning. Further, graduates from NCATE accredited programs become competent, caring, and highly qualified teachers.
The university maintains the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School, one of the finest demonstration laboratories in the country. The school serves a heterogeneous group of children from kindergarten through fifth grade. The Bartos Child and Family Center, located in the same facility as the Luhrs School, provides childcare and family support to university faculty, staff, students and community members. Shippensburg Head Start serves preschool children and their families and is located in the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center, adjacent to campus.
Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursement
The Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program pays 95% of tuition costs for eligible college coursework taken by early learning professionals, with a maximum benefit of $4,500 per individual each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).
Pennsylvania Keys to Quality offers a College Tuition Reimbursement Voucher up to $500 per college credit and up to $3000 per year in tuition reimbursement.
Tuition scholarships of $900 are available through a partnership of Shippensburg University and the South Central Regional Key.
Learn more about these programs and other financial assistance available.