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master of early childhood education

 

Master of Early Childhood Education

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Changing the World, One Child at a Time

A key variable for quality in early childhood settings is the training of staff. Those with more formal schooling or specialized training are more attentive and nurturing in their behavior toward children. Research confirms that programs operated with staff having higher-level degrees and formal training offer higher salaries, better benefits, and supportive management. Children in those programs benefit from having stable relationships with teachers who are skilled and sensitive.

The Master of Early Childhood Education (MECE) program allows early childhood educators and professionals to deepen their understanding of the field, develop leadership skills, and improve their expertise in research, child development, and special education. A capstone project allows students to integrate and individualize research, knowledge, and theory and apply it to their practice. Students who earn the Master of Early Childhood Education degree will enrich the lives of the children and families with whom they work.  

Three central themes are infused throughout the program:

• Promoting the well-being of all children through development of strong relationships with families and their communities
• Developing teaching practice for reflective practitioners and teacher researchers to improve the practice of education for early learners.
• A commitment to social justice for young children and families.