2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 02, 2023  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Early Childhood Education M.A.Ed.

The early years of a child’s life are the most critical in their later cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Teachers in early childhood classrooms need a strong grounding in the special skills necessary to ensure development of students to their full potential. This 30-credit program allows practicing teachers to receive an M.A. in Education emphasizing Early Childhood Education, thereby increasing the breadth of their understanding of the education of young children. This program also allows teachers to add Early Childhood certification to prepare them to work with children from birth through grade three.

NOTE:  This program is also available as a bridge program, which allows accepted Maryville undergraduate students to begin pursuing their graduate degree during their senior year, completing their Master’s degree during a fifth academic year (includes summer semester(s).   


Required courses:

 Teachers who have taken some of these required courses as part of their undergraduate degree program may choose additional electives in consultation with your adviser.

Candidates must select any two of the following three courses to satisfy course requirements for this program:

  • EDUC 600 Special Studies in Education: Social Justice Through Service Learning
  • EDUC 629 Creativity, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking
  • EDUC 653 Literature and Literacy