Online M.ED. in Curriculum & Instruction With a Concentration in Early Childhood Education
- 100% Early Childhood Education master's degree online program
- Instructional specialist curriculum with a concentration in early childhood education subjects
- Convenient and flexible for working teachers
- 36-credit, non-thesis master’s degree
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Education is committed to helping you reach your goals in the field of early childhood education with our Master's in Early Childhood Education degree program. We apply innovative learning techniques to curriculum based on established research to help prepare you for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The flexible, convenient online format is perfect for working teachers, especially new teachers who may have heavy demands on their time.
WHY A MASTER'S IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION?
Our Early Childhood Education master's degree online program will provide you with strategies to reach young learners in your classroom. With this degree you will learn how to:
- Instill a love of learning in young children and make education relevant to them
- Share the joys of reading with children and open up new ways of thinking
- Teach children the basics of language and communication in all its forms
- Work with bilingual learners to help them adapt to the traditional classroom
With this Master's in Early Childhood Education, graduates are in a great position to make a huge difference in the lives of young children. You will have a hand in giving them a solid educational foundation as well as teach them how to think conceptually and engage actively with their education for years to come.
Meet our students
Early childhood educators are in high demand and the job opportunities are available in a variety of settings including in private and public schools, childcare centers and charitable organizations. However, graduates are not confined to traditional classroom settings. Rewarding work is available in a wide variety of fields that cater to young children. Some areas that early childhood educators choose to work in include:
- Children’s clothing
- Children’s entertainment
- Children’s museums
- Social work
- Retail management
- Toy design
The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.
Our faculty for the Early Childhood Education master's degree online program have all earned their Ph.D.s and have intensive knowledge of current teaching theory and practice as well as the latest research in the field of early education. Classes are a mixture of theory and practice. Our goal is to prepare students to succeed in schools and other settings that serve the young learner.
|Dr. Alyse C. Hachey, Associate Professor|
The University of Texas at El Paso and its access and excellence mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as the Master's in Early Childhood Education help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. Here’s what sets UTEP apart:
- UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
- UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
- UTEP has attained a coveted R1 designation (top tier doctoral university with very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP is one of only 130 (4.5%) top tier universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this prestigious R1 distinction, joining the ranks of such universities as Stanford, M.I.T., Michigan, Arizona and California-Berkeley.
- With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies.
- UTEP is ranked as the best return on investment and one of the most affordable emerging research institutions in higher education in the country according to collegecost.ed.gov. Also, per collegescorecard.ed.gov, the average net price per year at The University of Texas at El Paso was significantly lower than other universities across Texas.
- Affordableschools.net also ranks UTEP as one of the top most affordable Latinx/Hispanic-Serving Institutions with online bachelor’s degrees.
- UTEP awards $88 million in scholarships annually and $192 million in financial aid (over 88% of UTEP students receive financial aid).
- The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility.
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community.
- UTEP is a part of the Military Times’ Best: Colleges 2018 rankings.
- Hispanic Business magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation.
- UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
ONLINE MASTER'S EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CURRICULUM
Early Childhood Education Courses
|Child Development in Diverse Education Contexts-Birth to Age 8||Focus on historical and contemporary psychological and psychosocial theories of development of young children from Birth to Age 8. Examine the relationship of development and early learning to: biological factors; child and family factors; early schooling; and other sociocultural factors, particularly in diverse educational contexts. Evaluate children’s physical, cognitive, communicative, social and emotional development as both contributors to, and as consequences of, early learning experiences.|
|Children’s Literature in Diverse Education Contexts-Birth to Age 8||Learn how the use of multicultural literature in the Early Childhood classroom impacts young children’s beliefs and knowledge of diversity, equality, social justice and fair treatment in a diverse society. Study the conceptualization of multicultural education, the creation and critique of multicultural writing and the utilization of this literature. Critically examine children’s literature from parallel cultures (including works by and about African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos/as, Native Americans and other ethnic groups), as well as literature by and about groups traditionally defined by class, religion, ability, gender or sexuality.|
|Early Childhood Education Pedagogy-Birth to Age 8||Study current methods and practice of teaching young children, Birth to Age 8. Examine major approaches to Early Childhood Education, including their historical and theoretical bases. Analyze Early Childhood Education pedagogy through the lenses of: Play-based and Inquiry-based learning theories; DCAP (Developmentally and Culturally Appropriate Practice); and the Funds of Knowledge premise, with an emphasis on helping all children become contributing members in a diverse society.|
|Development of Literacy Skills (Preschool to Grade 3)||Study emergent reading and writing behaviors in preschoolers; examine growth of reading and writing, kindergarten to grade three; attention to linguistically different and second-language learners and review of relevant research.|
|Development of Math/Science Foundations (Preschool to Grade 3)||Explore preschool awareness of quantitative and scientific principles in the environment as a foundation for concept growth.|
|Literacy/Biliteracy Development||Identify principles, problems and issues of primary and second language acquisition, specifically the relationship between the development of these languages, to facilitate and promote literacy/biliteracy.|
|Scholarly Writing for Educators||Writing scholarly papers using archival research, documented sources and electronic databases. Working closely with the instructor and a professor in their area of study, students produce publication quality papers. The courses covers issues of conceptualization, argumentation and evidence, and citation and referencing. It also deals with style, audience, organization and mechanics, and relies heavily on peer editing and review.|
|Survey Issues in Bilingual and Second Language Education||Focus on the discourse of diverse paradigms in Bilingual/ESL Education, including discussion of current pedagogical, theoretical, historical, legislative and other issues in the field. Identify program models in Bilingual/ESL Education, including their philosophical foundations, instructional frameworks, and the planning and design of program evaluation.|
|Learning Contexts and Curriculum||Examine the theoretical frameworks and broad definitions of curricula, processes of curriculum alignment, pedagogy and assessment, State standards, curricular resources, curriculum integration, learning theory and lesson planning.|
|Diversity in Educational Settings||Explore the social context of education and teaching in a pluralistic society. Examine schools and society in relation to historical and contemporary issues of diversity.|
|Research for the Classroom Teacher||Research methodology to address the problems and needs of classroom teachers with an emphasis on interpreting professional literature and practitioner research in educational settings. Prerequisite: TED 5304 with a grade of “B” or better.|
|Sheltered English Instruction||Explore academic language socialization with Bilingual/ESL students with a focus on academic and cognitive development through the teaching of subject matter via a second language. Examine theory and instructional approaches that can enhance learning for non-native speakers of English.|