Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment with Early Childhood Education Licensure

Graduate degree; Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The University of Mary’s Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Early Childhood Education is designed to help meet the increasing demand for highly qualified educators in early childhood programs through Grade 3. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education. With successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for the Early Childhood Education teacher licensure issued by the ND Education Standards and Practices Board.

The M.Ed program with emphasis in Early Childhood Education was designed for working professionals who need a flexible schedule. Students enrolled within the master degree program are able to complete all the M.Ed coursework online or within their own community.

Early Childhood Education Program Highlights

At the University of Mary, you have the opportunity to earn your Master’s degree in an accredited graduate program at an affordable, private, Catholic university.

  1. Flexible and convenient

    Earn your M.Ed. on a flexible schedule that is convenient for working professionals.

  2. Quality programming

    Gain hands-on experience you can apply directly to your career. Work closely with world-class faculty and experienced teachers and administrators.

  3. Built for professional growth

    Expand your professional options to include ND teacher licensure through Grade 3.

A Master of Education degree will help you to develop your skills as a professional educator and expand your future employment options. Complete the master’s degree via a capstone project of your choice: a thesis or a professional portfolio. Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values that will enrich your career and your everyday life as a servant leader.

Early Childhood Education Career Outlook

Advances in neuroscience and brain research have contributed to the understanding that the early years of a child’s life are critical to the development of the person. In fact, 90% of the brain is developed by the time we reach age 5. The value of quality early childhood health and learning extends well past the elementary years and impacts later school success, graduation rates, and success in college and the workplace. The demand for highly qualified early childhood educators is increasing, as more public and private districts are recognizing the value of early childhood education.

In addition to expertise in child development and early childhood teaching strategies, teacher licensure is often seen as a desired qualification for the early childhood educator. This program is a path to both content and teaching expertise and teacher licensure. The M.Ed. is designed to prepare you as a leader in the field of early childhood education.

Core Courses:

  • EDU 531 Ethics in Education and Human Performance
  • EDU 551 Critique and Design of Research
  • EDU 565 Statistics
  • EDU 567 Diversity of Education and Human Performance
  • EDU 608 Foundations in Education
  • ALU 799 Graduate Assessment

Portfolio Option

  • EDU 705 Portfolio Preparation
  • EDU 706 Portfolio Presentation

Thesis Option

  • EDU 700 Research Seminar I
  • EDU 701 Research Seminar II
  • EDU 704 Research Presentation

Emphasis Area Requirements:

  • EDU 511 Student Teacher Assessment
  • EDU 535 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDU 570 Differentiated Instruction
  • EDU 620 Integrating Technology in Education
  • EDU 622 Supervision and Teaching of Lang. Arts
  • EDU 624 Supervision and Teaching of Elementary Math
  • EDU 626 Supervision and Teaching of Elementary Social Studies
  • EDU 628 Supervision and Teaching of Elementary Science
  • EDU 637 Educational Assessment
  • ECE 6xx Internship for Licensure Track

2015-17 Course Schedules

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two years of the undergraduate degree, or 3.0 in a major field will be admitted to begin graduate study.

In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in the graduate program in education. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Completed application (to include goal statement)
  • Current teacher education licensure (unless seeking licensure)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume identifying appropriate experience
  • Application/enrollment fee

Graduate credit earned at other institutions may be accepted toward a degree at the University of Mary. Upon approval, up to one-third of the required credits may be transferred as part of the graduate degree.

Janet Bassingthwaite, Early Childhood Education Program Director
(701) 355-8332 or [email protected]

For general information about the education graduate program, please contact Dr. Carmelita Lamb at [email protected] or the University of Mary Admissions Office at (800) 288-MARY.

If you are considering the M.Ed: CIA-Early Childhood Licensure program, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered at the University of Mary:

Scholarships/Financial Aid

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