MEd in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education, Certification


In the early childhood education emphasis, students will gain increased knowledge and skills in the design, delivery and evaluation of educational services to children from birth through age 8. The program addresses the essential problems of practice with special emphasis given to effective teaching approaches for children who are at risk for school failure: children with special needs, children who are English-language learners and children who have challenging behaviors. Students may pursue initial certification with this degree.

Those students seeking certification have to meet all Early Childhood Education requirements (at least two years of coursework in Phase II) and then take additional courses for an M.Ed.  

The program is designed for early childhood practitioners, Head Start teachers, early childhood special education teachers, child-care center staff and others who work with children from birth through age 8.

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Sample Plan of Study

Core Courses (25 credits)
ESC_PS 7000Foundation of Teacher Prep I3
LTC 7040Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I2-3
SPC_ED 7020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
ED_LPA 7060Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II3
LTC 7120Early Childhood Education Literacy Methods & Assessment I3
LTC 7130Teaching & Learning Math, Sci. & Social Studies w/Young Children9
Field and Clinical Experience Courses (15 credits)
ESC_PS 2014Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience1
LTC 2044Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field1
LTC 4124Emergent and Developing Literacy Early Childhood Field Experience3
LTC 4134Teaching & Learning Math, Sci & Soc Studies w/Young Children Field Experience3
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar1-16
Specialization Area (9 credits)
LTC 7091Assessment and Family Collaboration in Early Childhood Education3
LTC 7110Working with Infants and Toddlers3
LTC 7200Young Children's Emergent Language2
LTC 7140Curriculum, Theory and Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education3
LTC 7240Art for Children2
LTC 8612Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum2-3
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (or SPC_ED 8490)1-3
SPC_ED 8440Advanced Behavior Management: Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPC_ED 8485Introduction and Methods of Early Intervention3
SPC_ED 8495Introduction and Methods of Early Childhood Special Education2-3
SPC_ED 8605Young Children with Autism3
Research Course (3 credits)
LTC 8900Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction1-3

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MEd in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum program and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

More information about the Early Childhood Education M.Ed. program can be found at the MizzouOnline website.

Admission requirements will be based upon the following criteria.  Complete admission requirements for the Master's program.

  • Completion of an appropriate Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation; three letters, if your undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours) is below a 3.0.
  • Statement of purpose clearly indicating that the proposed Masters degree is appropriate to the applicant's professional aspirations.
  • GRE scores taken within the last 5 years (preferred minimum scores should be V150,Q141,A3.5 or higher)
  • For students whose native language is not English, a score of 80 IBT or better on the TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS taken within the past two years

The LTC graduate program cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum standards specified for the degree program.  Resource constraints do not permit the admission of all qualified applicants.
A committee of faculty reviews the credentials of each applicant.  It is the responsibility of this committee to exercise professional judgment related to the criteria that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission to the program.

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