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Twin Cities Campus

Early Childhood Education M.Ed.

Institute of Child Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Institute of Child Development, 51 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-9778; fax: 612-624-6373)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 57 to 61
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Education
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The early childhood education initial licensure/master's of education (MEd) program is offered through the Institute of Child Development in collaboration with the department of Curriculum and Instruction. The program is designed to prepare outstanding teachers of young children who will have a strong foundation in child development theory and research and developmentally appropriate methodology for educating the different ages within the early childhood years (birth to age 8). Clinical experiences in the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School and in local urban/suburban public schools create a strong experiential base in which to apply the principles and methods learned in University courses. Emphasis is placed on understanding individual learners, working with diverse learners, using a variety of instructional strategies, providing inclusive programming for children with and without special needs, working closely with families, and creating positive classroom communities. The program includes preparation in developing and implementing professional writing and curriculum planning, authentic assessment, documentation of student learning, reflective practice, professional development, and ethics. Master's of education/initial licensure programs are for individuals with bachelor's degrees who want to become licensed teachers. These graduate-level programs provide rigorous, professional teacher preparation in accordance with the Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers (SEPT) and the MN Early Childhood Indicators of Progress adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The 52 to 56 credit program includes major coursework, early childhood and elementary methods courses, student teaching experiences in both early childhood and elementary education, and a masterís capstone project. This program includes coursework to satisfy both initial licensure requirements and the MEd degree. Upon completion of all requirements, students are eligible for recommendation for teacher licensure in early childhood education (birth to third grade). Teacher licensure is awarded through the Minnesota Department of Education. Students have five years from initial enrollment in the program to complete their MEd degree and must maintain a 2.80 GPA to be eligible for the MEd. A 30 to 32 credit advanced standing plan is available for students who completed the University of Minnesota-Twin cities BS in early childhood education: foundations degree. Students in the advanced standing plan complete the MEd in two semesters.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
A bachelor's degree must be completed at the time of matriculation. The preferred bachelor's degree is the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities BS in early childhood education: foundations.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain paid or unpaid classroom experience with young children, ages birth to third grade, with multicultural and diverse populations. Students with an undergraduate degree other than the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities BS in early childhood education: foundations are eligible to apply with the understanding that they will take approximately 30 additional credits of prerequisite coursework to meet state licensure standards.
Required prerequisites
Prerequisite Coursework
Prerequisite coursework is required to meet the Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers (SEPT) and the MN Early Childhood Indicators of Progress adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Prerequisites may be completed after admission to the program.
CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology (4.0 cr)
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development (3.0 cr)
CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development (3.0 cr)
CPSY 5241 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education (3.0 cr)
CI 3401W - Diversity in Children's Literature [WI] (3.0 cr)
CI 5414 - Practicum: Working With Developing Readers (2.0 cr)
CI 5413 - Foundations of Reading (3.0 cr)
CI 5307 - Technology for Teaching and Learning (1.5 cr)
OLPD 5009 - Human Relations: Applied Skills for School and Society (1.0 cr)
CI 3610 - Linguistics for Teachers [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
or LING 3001 - Introduction to Linguistics [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3601 - Analysis of the English Language (4.0 cr)
PUBH 3005 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education (1.0 cr)
or PUBH 6003 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education (1.0 cr)
Special Application Requirements:
All applicants must submit the following five required application materials through the online application system: 1. Transcripts - Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. 2. Resume 3. Essay 4. Two Letters of Recommendation - These letters should be written by someone who is knowledgeable about your education-related experiences, work with young children, work style, and personal attributes. 5. Application fee - This fee is charged when you submit your application and is required for each application you submit. Fees must be paid online with a credit card. Nonnative English speakers and/or international students should also submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All applicants must take the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Basic Skills Test [Reading (test code 001), Writing (test code 002), and Mathematics (test code 003)] prior to beginning the program, or have qualifying ACT/SAT scores. See full application instructions and deadlines at: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/icd/futurestudents/ece/graduate/
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam
  • MTLE Basic Skills Tests
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 650
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 57 to 61 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Early Childhood Education
MEd required coursework
Major Courses
CPSY 5251W - Social and Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Education [WI] (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5001 - Learning, Cognition, and Assessment (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5625 - Education of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool Children with Disabilities: Introduction (2.0 cr)
EPSY 5681 - Education of Preschool Children With Disabilities: Methods and Materials (3.0 cr)
CPSY Methods Courses
CPSY 5252W - Facilitating Social and Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Education [WI] (3.0 cr)
CPSY 5253 - Facilitating Cognitive and Language Learning in Early Childhood Education (3.0 cr)
CPSY 5254 - Facilitating Creative and Motor Learning in Early Childhood Education (2.0 cr)
CI Methods Courses
CI 5425 - Reading Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
CI 5426 - Language Arts Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
CI 5502 - Science Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
CI 5645 - Teaching English Learners in the Elementary Classroom (3.0 cr)
CI 5702 - Social Studies Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
CI 5822 - Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
Take exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 5171 - Practicum: Applying Instructional Methods in the Elementary School (2.0 cr)
Student Teaching
Take exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 5181 - Clinical Experience in Elementary School Teaching (10.0 cr)
Take 6 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 5281 - Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (6.0-8.0 cr)
MEd Completion
CPSY 5187 - Capstone Project: Improvement of Teaching in Early Childhood Education (2.0-4.0 cr)
Early Childhood Education - U of MN BS in ECE:F Degree Transitioners
MEd required coursework
CI Methods Courses
CI 5425 - Reading Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
CI 5426 - Language Arts Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
CI 5502 - Science Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
CI 5645 - Teaching English Learners in the Elementary Classroom (3.0 cr)
CI 5702 - Social Studies Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
CI 5822 - Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary Grades (3.0 cr)
Student Teaching
Take exactly 10 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 5181 - Clinical Experience in Elementary School Teaching (10.0 cr)
MEd Completion
CPSY 5187 - Capstone Project: Improvement of Teaching in Early Childhood Education (2.0-4.0 cr)
 
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CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the science of child behavior; review of theory and research.
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of social relations and personality; research, methodology, and contrasting theoretical perspectives. Survey of findings on interpersonal relationships, the concept of self, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and acquisition of social roles. prereq: 2301, Psy 1001
CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cognitive processes; relevant theory, research literature, and methodology. prereq: 2301
CPSY 5241 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course focuses on reviewing typical development at the various ages and stages of the early childhood period and applying this knowledge in educational settings. There is a practicum component to the course; students will be observing and participating in various child development programs during the semester.
CI 3401W - Diversity in Children's Literature (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Classic/contemporary books for children in all genres, created by authors/illustrators. Research in transactional theory. Cultural authenticity. Reading, discussion, group activities, interactive lectures, projects.
CI 5414 - Practicum: Working With Developing Readers
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Field-based practicum. Students apply learning from their University course to working with developing readers. Instructor provides specific assignment. prereq: CI 3610 and concurrent registration with CI 5413 required; elementary education foundations major
CI 5413 - Foundations of Reading
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Reading processes, development of readers. Assessment and tutoring of individual children in reading and other literacy practices. prereq: CI 3610 and concurrent registration with CI 5414
CI 5307 - Technology for Teaching and Learning
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Prerequisites: [MEd/initial licensure or CLA music ed major or preteaching major or #], basic computer skills
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Diverse educational technology in K-12 classrooms. Effective use of technology. Computer technologies used to stimulate personal productivity/communication and to enhance teaching/learning processes. prereq: [MEd/initial licensure or CLA music ed major or preteaching major or instr consent], basic computer skills
OLPD 5009 - Human Relations: Applied Skills for School and Society
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues of prejudice/discrimination in terms of history, power, social perception. Knowledge/skills acquisition in cooperative learning, multicultural education, group dynamics, social influence, leadership, judgment/decision making, prejudice reduction, conflict resolution, teaching in diverse educational settings. prereq: MEd/init lic or CLA music ed or preteaching or instr consent
CI 3610 - Linguistics for Teachers (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For pre K-6 pre-service teachers. Introduction to linguistics. Linguistic terminology and how to apply methods of linguistic analysis to English, focusing on educational settings and classroom instruction.
LING 3001 - Introduction to Linguistics (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00099 - Ling 3001/3001H/5001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human language. Methods, questions, findings, and perspectives of modern linguistics. Components of the language system (phonetics/phonology, syntax, semantics/pragmatics); language acquisition; language/social variables; language/cognition; language change; language processing; language/public policy.
ENGL 3601 - Analysis of the English Language
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to structure of English. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics. pragmatics. Language variation/usage.
PUBH 3005 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01062 - PubH 3003/PubH 3004/PubH 3005/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific/socio-cultural aspects of alcohol/drug problems. Emphasizes role of education in health conservation and drug abuse prevention. prereq: Undergrad in Agricultural Educ or Career/Technical Educ or DirecTrack to Teaching or Early Childhood Educ or Elementary Educ Foundations or Music Educ or Special Educ
PUBH 6003 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01062 - PubH 3003/PubH 3004/PubH 3005/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific/socio-cultural aspects of alcohol/drug problems. Emphasizes role of education in health conservation and drug abuse prevention. prereq: Master of education student or instr consent
CPSY 5251W - Social and Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Education (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course traces the history of early childhood education from Plato to the present, as well as explores various program models and the standards movement, including the Minnesota Early Learning Indicators. The course includes lecture, discussion, videos and vignettes, assignments, and requires students to begin developing a personal teaching philosophy. It is also a writing intensive course which incorporates writing instruction and professional writing expectations throughout all course assignments and activities.
EPSY 5001 - Learning, Cognition, and Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3119/EdHD 5001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Principles of learning, cognition, cognitive development, classroom management, motivation, instruction, assessment. Behaviorism, cognitive/social constructivism, human information processing theory. Intelligence, knowledge acquisition, reasoning skills, scholastic achievement, standardized testing, reliability/validity, student evaluation, performance assessment, portfolios, demonstrations. Applications to instruction/organization of curricular materials. prereq: MEd/initial licensure student or CLA music ed or preteaching major or instr consent; psych course recommended
EPSY 5625 - Education of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool Children with Disabilities: Introduction
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of the issues, problems, and practical applications in designing early intervention services for young children with disabilities and their families.
EPSY 5681 - Education of Preschool Children With Disabilities: Methods and Materials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Methods and materials available to maximize developmental and educational outcomes for young children with disabilities, age 3 to 5, and their families in home, community, and school-based settings. Develop, implement, and evaluate individualized education and family service plans. prereq: [5616, 5625] or instr consent
CPSY 5252W - Facilitating Social and Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Education (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Student in ECE or ECSE
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Strategies for facilitating growth in social/emotional aspects of development. Addresses guidance/classroom management issues. prereq: Student in ECE or ECSE
CPSY 5253 - Facilitating Cognitive and Language Learning in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Student in ECE or ECSE
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of cognitive and language characteristics of children ages 0-8 years and of how teachers can plan curriculum to facilitate children's development in these areas. prereq: Student in ECE or ECSE
CPSY 5254 - Facilitating Creative and Motor Learning in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Student in ECE or ECSE
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Unique/diverse qualities and characteristics children possess while progressing through universal sequence of physical growth/development and creative development. Students engage in inquiry, research/planning, and reflection as they complete the action-oriented and applied assignments with small groups of children. prereq: Student in ECE or ECSE
CI 5425 - Reading Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Curricular/methodological issues in teaching of reading. Reading/orthographic processes, strategy instruction for word recognition/comprehension, authentic assessment strategies, and teaching diverse students. prereq: [Elementary or early childhood] licensure student
CI 5426 - Language Arts Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Curricular/methodological issues of language arts. Oral language development, response to literature, writing processes, authentic assessment strategies. Teaching diverse students. prereq: Elementary or early childhood licensure student
CI 5502 - Science Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Methods/materials for teaching science/health at elementary school level. prereq: Early Childhood or Elementary Education ILP
CI 5645 - Teaching English Learners in the Elementary Classroom
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Benefits/challenges of working with English learners (ELs). Linguistically/culturally diverse students. Instructional practices/strategies for teaching ELs in elementary classrooms. Language learning/bilingualism. Cultural differences. prereq: Early Childhood or Elementary Education ILP
CI 5702 - Social Studies Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Content/organization of elementary social studies programs. Programs of understanding. Improving learning situation. prereq: Early Childhood or Elementary Education ILP
CI 5822 - Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of learning mathematics in elementary grades. Objectives, content, philosophy, instructional materials, methods of instruction/evaluation. prereq: Early Childhood or Elementary Education ILP
CPSY 5171 - Practicum: Applying Instructional Methods in the Elementary School
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Practicum: Applying Instructional Methods in Elementary School is a semester long, full day experience during which teaching candidates gradually increase teaching responsibilities through observation and guided practice in an elementary (grade K-3) classroom, in a co-teaching model. The practicum experience is taken in connection with the Elementary Methods Teaching Block. Methods course teaching assignments are done during the practicum experience.
CPSY 5181 - Clinical Experience in Elementary School Teaching
Credits: 10.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students spend full days in the elementary classroom gradually assuming responsibility for teaching the class. Students prepare a portfolio based on criteria given. One seminar per week.
CPSY 5281 - Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 6.0 -8.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Application of theory/research relating to teaching preschool children. For individuals obtaining ECE licensure.
CPSY 5187 - Capstone Project: Improvement of Teaching in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements for Early Childhood Teacher Licensure, other than CI 5181, which is taken concurrently.
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This is the capstone for teaching candidates in the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. Students will complete an in-depth reflective teaching portfolio and parallel assignments. The course requires demonstration of the linking of child development theory, knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching, and reflective practice. prereq: Completion of all requirements for Early Childhood Teacher Licensure, other than CI 5181, which is taken concurrently.
CI 5425 - Reading Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Curricular/methodological issues in teaching of reading. Reading/orthographic processes, strategy instruction for word recognition/comprehension, authentic assessment strategies, and teaching diverse students. prereq: [Elementary or early childhood] licensure student
CI 5426 - Language Arts Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Curricular/methodological issues of language arts. Oral language development, response to literature, writing processes, authentic assessment strategies. Teaching diverse students. prereq: Elementary or early childhood licensure student
CI 5502 - Science Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Methods/materials for teaching science/health at elementary school level. prereq: Early Childhood or Elementary Education ILP
CI 5645 - Teaching English Learners in the Elementary Classroom
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Benefits/challenges of working with English learners (ELs). Linguistically/culturally diverse students. Instructional practices/strategies for teaching ELs in elementary classrooms. Language learning/bilingualism. Cultural differences. prereq: Early Childhood or Elementary Education ILP
CI 5702 - Social Studies Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Content/organization of elementary social studies programs. Programs of understanding. Improving learning situation. prereq: Early Childhood or Elementary Education ILP
CI 5822 - Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of learning mathematics in elementary grades. Objectives, content, philosophy, instructional materials, methods of instruction/evaluation. prereq: Early Childhood or Elementary Education ILP
CPSY 5181 - Clinical Experience in Elementary School Teaching
Credits: 10.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students spend full days in the elementary classroom gradually assuming responsibility for teaching the class. Students prepare a portfolio based on criteria given. One seminar per week.
CPSY 5187 - Capstone Project: Improvement of Teaching in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Completion of all requirements for Early Childhood Teacher Licensure, other than CI 5181, which is taken concurrently.
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This is the capstone for teaching candidates in the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. Students will complete an in-depth reflective teaching portfolio and parallel assignments. The course requires demonstration of the linking of child development theory, knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching, and reflective practice. prereq: Completion of all requirements for Early Childhood Teacher Licensure, other than CI 5181, which is taken concurrently.