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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education

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M.Ed. Course Descriptions at Reinhardt University     

EDU 601  602  |  610  |  611 612  |  613  |  620  |  621  |  622  |  623  |  630

EDU 601 DATA Model for the Responsive Teacher, Action Researcher, and Instructional Leader - 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will be introduced to the PSOE DATA Model for Responsive Teaching and Instructional Leadership that reflects the iterative, cyclical process for subsequent action research that will be applied in the local classroom. Through examination and implementation of the Model, candidates will investigate how curriculum design, differentiated instruction, and ongoing assessment impact student learning.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.Ed. program

EDU 602 What Works in Schools: School Improvement Research - 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will explore school-, teacher-, and student-level factors that influence achievement and how these factors can be aligned with local school improvement goals for significant gains in student achievement.  Each candidate will examine his/her own local school improvement goals, identify a school issue or problem that is an area of professional interest, begin a review of the literature, and develop possible action research questions that will address the area in the context of his/her own classroom.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.Ed. program

EDU 610 ECE Curriculum Content I: Integrated Study – 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will examine the topic of integration of Language Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)as it relates to action research.  Candidates will continue development of the classroom action research project proposal through course requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of Stage 1.

EDU 611 ECE Curriculum Content II: Inquiry – 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will examine the phase of inquiry of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)as it relates to action research. Candidates will continue development of the action research project proposal through course requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of Stage 1.

EDU 620 Promoting Development and Learning for Diverse Students – 3 credits

This course provides an extensive examination into young children’s characteristics and needs, and multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning in order to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.  M.Ed. candidates will explore diverse children’s cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and linguistic development through the organization and orchestration of the environment in ways that best facilitate the development and learning of young children in the inclusive classroom.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.Ed. program

EDU 621 Building Partnerships for Student Success – 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will investigate the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to sustain these partnerships to impact children’s development and learning.  Candidates will examine the research and dominant theories of human development and sociocultural development within the context of the family, community, and society. Strategies for collaboration between home and school will be emphasized, and interagency cooperation within the community will be examined in relation to the benefits for young children and their families. Prerequisite: Completion of Stage 1.

EDU 612 ECE Curriculum Content III: Data Analysis – 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will examine the topic of data analysis as it relates to classroom action research.  Candidates will begin implementation of the action research project through course requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of Stage 2.

EDU 613 ECE Curriculum Content IV: Communication in Context – 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will examine the topic of communication in ECE as it relates to classroom action research.  Candidates will continue implementation of the action research project through course requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of Stage 2.

EDU 622 Transforming Teacher Leaders  - 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will expand their knowledge and experience of the teaching and learning process by developing and demonstrating a high level of competence in the essentials for grant writing, conducting action research, strategically planning instruction embedded in best practices, and reconceptualizing teacher leadership roles within and outside the classroom, thus, transforming school culture to elevate student achievement and school innovation.  Prerequisite: Completion of Stage 2

EDU 623 Teachers as Leaders – 3 credits

M.Ed. candidates will examine how they can work as instructional leaders and collaborators in the professional community to improve programs and practices for young children and their families and advocate for sound professional practices and public policies for the positive development and learning of all young children. Prerequisite: Completion of Stage 3.

EDU 630 Capstone Experience – 6 credits

In this final course of the M.Ed. program, candidates will demonstrate their responsive teaching, action research, and instructional leadership skills through a presentation of their E-Portfolio and participate in a cohort M.Ed. conference highlighting the candidates’ classroom action research projects. Prerequisite: Completion of Stage 3.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Georgann Toop
PSOE M.Ed.-ECE Program Coordinator
GT1@reinhardt.edu