Early Childhood Education

Overview

If you are thinking about earning a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, or a Master of Arts in Elementary Education with an area of emphasis in Early Childhood Education, Marshall University’s program may be right for you. This specialization is designed for qualifying individuals seeking an advanced degree (already PK-K licensed) or additional teacher licensure in PK-K (already elementary licensed). Completion of graduate level courses and programs in early childhood education may lead to licensure renewal, added endorsements, pay increases, or promotion. Whether your interest is in improving as a professional or advancing in your profession, our mission is to empower you with advanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will enable you to explore your interest in early childhood learners and learning.

Graduate courses in early childhood education are available online, enabling you to complete your studies wherever you are. A select number of courses are also offered on the Huntington campus.

This program does not lead to initial teacher licensure.

 

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Early Childhood Education graduate program is to provide a coordinated, sequential program of study in an identified area of education. The program provides a foundation in research, evaluation, instructional methods, technology, human development, and assessment. This foundation supports knowledge, skills, and understanding developed through concentrated study in early childhood. The program is designed to produce an experienced professional as specialist. Program objectives are aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

 

Plans of Study

  • Graduate Certificate (21 hours) for licensed elementary teachers seeking an added endorsement in PK-K
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education
    • Option 1 (39 hours) for licensed PK-K teachers seeking an advanced degree
    • Option 2 (39 hours) for licensed elementary teachers seeking an added endorsement in PK-K
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education with an area of emphasis in Early Childhood Education
    • Option 1 (39 hours) for licensed PK-K teachers seeking an advanced degree
    • Option 2 (39 hours) for licensed elementary teachers seeking an added endorsement in PK-K

 

Prerequisites

 Certificate Candidates

      • Transcripts verifying Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
      • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or a Master’s degree
      • Documentation of elementary teacher licensure

 Degree Candidates

      • Transcripts verifying Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
      • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5
      • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 286 (combined Verbal and Quantitative) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 387
      • Documentation of preschool teacher licensure (Option 1) or elementary teacher licensure (Option 2)

 

Application for Admission and Information

For complete admission information and an application visit: http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/

 

For More Information please contact:

Dr. Ruthann Arneson
Early Childhood Education
Marshall University
College of Education and Professional Development
Corbly Hall 205, Huntington, WV  25303-1600
304-696-6478 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 66478
Email: arneson1@marshall.edu

 

Ms. Carolyn Schwarz (Program Secretary)
Phone: 304-746-1996 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 61996
Email:  cschwarz@marshall.edu

 

Huntington Campus
Education Building Room 220
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-696-3131

South Charleston Campus
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
Phone: 304-746-1992

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