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MAE: Early Childhood Development Validation

Early Childhood Development (41 credit hours) is designed to offer the birth through pre-k educator a solid foundation in child development, a broad background in the social context of development and in developmentally appropriate practices of teaching and learning for young children. To complete validation requirements, the individual must also hold a valid teaching certificate/license in the noted area. Validation must be attached to one of the following certificates: K-3, 1-8 or Education for the handicapped (e.g., SLD, DH, SBH)

MAE Core Courses (13 Credit Hours)
EDUC 605 Leading and Learning in a Culture of Change (3)
EDUC 606 Invitational and Inclusive Education (3)
EDUC 607 Applications of Educational Research (3)
EDUC 608* Critical Pedagogy: The Transformational Educator (1)
EDUC 700 Research Seminar & Project (3)
EDUC 705/706 National Board Certification Process (2+2)
EDUC 710 Practitioner Seminar and Project (3)

Professional Education (18 Credit Hours)
EDUC 578 Theories of Early Childhood Development and Language (3)
EDUC 591* Family-Centered Practices (3)
EDUC 592* Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3)
EDUC 593* Early Childhood Education (3)
EDUC 594* The Arts in Early Childhood (3)
EDUC 595* Young Children with Special Needs I (3)

Reading (3 Credit Hours)
EDUC 520* Language, Literacy and Communication (3)

Concentration Related Electives (3 Credit Hours)
EDUC XXX Elective (3)

Clinical Practice (4 Credit Hours)
EDUC 692 Early Childhood Practicum (3)
EDUC 693 Early Childhood Seminar (1)


*Additional field hours required

For a complete listing of MAE requirements, policies and procedures please refer to the Graduate Catalog (pdf).