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Master of Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

At a Glance

  • 30-33 Credit Hours
  • 100% Online
  • State-of-the-art tools and technology
  • 3 Starts per Year
  • Complete in 21 months

Welcome to the Online Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree program.

This online program is designed so you can keep your day job and complete your master’s degree at the same time. ASU offers certification and non-certification options for the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program.

With a focus on instructional strategies for young children as well as psychology and technology, this program prepares candidates for positions in Pre-K through Grade 3 in public (and private) schools.

Alabama, along with Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas and Louisiana in the South is among the 18 states that received a total of $224 million in development grants specifically for high-quality pre-school programs in urban, suburban, and rural communities*. There has never been a better time for educators to earn their master’s degrees as there is expected to be an increase in both the need for quality teachers and new facilities.

Please fill out the form on this page and you will receive personal assistance to learn more about how you can apply to this program. An admissions advisor will contact you to answer questions and introduce you to the application process.

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Please note: The non-certification option will not result in a teaching certificate at the end of the program.

All courses are 3 credit hours

Core Courses

SED 500 The Exceptional Students in Inclusive Schools

This course focuses on characteristics of exceptional students and students from diverse backgrounds in inclusive settings. It addresses (1) background knowledge of special education as well as current knowledge on disabilities and attitudes, (2) the impact of legislation on services for exceptional students, and how to adapt and/or modify instructional approaches for teaching exceptional and diverse students in general classes. (Formerly SED 574)

EDU 511 Statistical Techniques, Research & Evaluation

This course deals with applications of the evaluation and measurement processes; fundamental principles of tests and measurement with an emphasis on practical applications in the classroom; and evaluation of teaching, learning and research in education.

EDU 527 Human Development and Behavior

This course introduces students to human development in the physical, social, emotional, moral, speech/language, and cognitive domains including contributions of important theorists; major progressions in each developmental domain and the ranges of individual variation within each domain; and the impact of students’ physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development on their learning and how to address these factors when making instructional decisions.

EDU 531 Modern Issues in Education

This course familiarizes students with philosophical issues pertaining to K-12; issues, challenges, and opportunities pertaining to K-12 teachers; and issues concerning special education, multicultural education, and other diversity issues.

REA 560 Techniques and Skills in Reading

This course presents an overview of skills and techniques necessary to teach reading in the elementary grades. Such practical skills as phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and management will be addressed and examined in the course, as well as developing a working knowledge of lesson planning and development.

EDT 574 Computer-Based Instructional Technologies

This course focuses on the principles of computer operations with special emphasis on applications in computer aided instruction and educational administration.

Early Childhood Education Concentration Courses

EDU 550 The Early Childhood Curriculum

This course examines the goals of education as they are identified and implemented in the subject matter in curriculum areas of the early childhood program.

EDU 551 Instructional Strategies for Young Children

This course investigates the teaching-learning process while focusing on specific strategies of promoting and evaluating cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills in children ages 3 to 8.

EDU 552 The Theory of Play

The course presents theoretical foundations for children’s play types and purposes of play as espoused by Erikson, Paller, White and others.

EDU 567 Seminar in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to synthesize content, principles and skills garnered from prerequisite courses into a comprehensive view of the products and processes in early childhood education.

EDU 568 Parental Involvement in ECE

This course emphasizes parent involvement in the early childhood program. Special consideration is given to the principles of working with parents on both an individual and on a group basis.


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Next Start

May 28, 2019

Application Priority Date

March 15, 2019