Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, a graduate will be able to:

  • Describe, evaluate and apply the key tenets of Integrative Reflective Practice including: action learning through reflection, personality types, and working together, the role of practitioner-research in action research, and the process of becoming reflective practitioners.
  • Describe, summarize and analyze the connection between theory and practice and create curriculum in early childhood education in response to both classical and contemporary theories and practices.
  • Analyze various theories of play and their connection to teaching practice with a focus on development: language, motor, social and cognitive.
  • Analyze early childhood learning environments in relationship to the influences of physical space, community building, the outdoors and curriculum development.
  • Describe and summarize specific approaches and models to early childhood education (e.g. emergent curriculum, Montessori, the Reggio Emilia Approach.) Analyze their implications on teaching practice, on the creation of curriculum, and on the design of learning environments.
  • Compare and contrast leadership theories and models as related to early childhood professionals, and reflect on personal teaching and leadership practices based on these theories and models to create personal leadership goals within teaching or administration.
  • Advocate for young children and their families through appropriate application of current models, theories, and methods for supporting families and children in early childhood contexts.
  • Describe, evaluate, and apply themes, models and methods to understand and support diversity in families in early childhood.
  • Employ leadership skills to manage personnel, evaluate staff and programs, market programs, and apply financial management methods. (Administration Specialization)
  • Describe typical and atypical child development (birth through age eight).
  • Describe, evaluate, and apply themes, models, and methods that form the basis of early intervention and early childhood special education practice.
  • Analyze and evaluate program effectiveness as it relates to providing a supportive learning environment for children with special needs.
  • Evaluate and develop curriculum (instruction and assessment) for infants through third graders based on developmentally appropriate practice. (Teaching Specialization)
  • Compare and contrast methods for the observation, description, and documentation of young children’s development, and their implications for planning individual learning experiences.
  • Analyze the concepts of quality and high quality and how they apply in the early childhood setting, and explore the systemic relationship among licensing requirements, quality rating and improvement systems, and national accreditation programs.
  • Describe and summarize the national standards; compare accreditation programs, and analyze systems relevant to early childhood professional contexts.
  • Apply discipline specific research methods to implement a capstone experience.
  • Analyze and apply current models and themes that support HR (human resources) in the early childhood setting. (Administration Specialization)

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