Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Concentration, M.Ed.

The Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Concentration, M.Ed. program is for students with teaching certificates or those seeking certification. This program will provide you with experience in diverse educational settings. It is perfect for you to expand your teaching skills, participate in assessment and policy work and learn about child development. This program has also been awarded national recognition by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the premier professional organization for early childhood education.

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What Will I Learn?

Working with young children and their families is a point of emphasis. 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.

When you have finished 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

Jena Peters

Meet Jena Peters

“The professors understand that teachers are teaching during the day and doing graduate school as well. They understand we are changing the world and trying to improve our own. It’s hard but feasible and they work with you.”

How Jena Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

A minimum of 36 credits is required to complete the program. In this concentration, you must take:

  • 18 credits of requisite education courses
  • 18 credits of early childhood core courses (12 core and 6 electives)

The Graduate Catalog provides specific details about courses and requirements.

Admissions for the program are accepted on an ongoing and rolling basis for future semesters. Please allow at least two months lead time for processing paperwork, scheduling interviews and completing the application packet.

You must meet these requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Have a degree in education from a regionally accredited college or university and provide official transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate work.
  • Have an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.75 or an approved score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  • Complete a questionnaire referencing teaching background and future goals through the “Program Statement/Questionnaire” link in your Ship Admission portal.
  • Submit three references in the recommendations tab through your Ship Admission Portal. An automated email will be sent for their recommendation.

There will be interviews upon request.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

The ever-evolving field of curriculum and instruction needs qualified professionals educated in the best way to educate students and increase student achievement. This degree program will help you learn the skills you'll need to further enhance your current teaching position or move into administrative or leadership positions.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

Ship has a low student-faculty ratio, giving you the opportunity to build supportive, collaborative relationships with your professors.

Field hours provide increased experience with children in an educational setting. Responsibilities include providing instruction using educational strategies and techniques, taking on leadership roles within the school environment and working with dedicated professionals in the field.

There are opportunities unique to Ship through:

  • Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School – The school provides a unique opportunity to observe and participate in elementary school activities and classroom teaching experiences with children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Ship is the only university in Pennsylvania with an on-campus public elementary lab school.
  • Bartos Child and Family Center – The center is adjacent to the lab school provides opportunities to observe and work with children ages one through five.
  • Head Start – This program on campus provides more opportunities for observations and to work with children.

There are also opportunities to conduct and present research during your time at Shippensburg University.