Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education

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The Education Specialist program in Early Childhood Education at Northcentral University offers an exploration of childhood growth and development, curriculum development, and teaching and assessment strategies for pre-K through third grade children. Read more about the Education Specialist program in Early Childhood Education here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Northcentral University's online Education Specialist program in Early Childhood Education examines theories and practices for early childhood education in the United States. You'll have the opportunity to study the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of infants, toddlers, and young children. You can learn about language development, literacy development, and literacy curriculum and teaching strategies. Additional topics include assessment strategies, program administration, age appropriate curriculum development, teaching strategies, and strategies for developing partnerships between educators, families, and communities.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before enrolling in the Education Specialist program in Early Childhood Education, you should have earned a master's degree from an accredited institution. You may also have teaching experience and should have an interest in teaching young children.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Education Specialist program in Early Childhood Education requires 33 credits. The program includes 18 specialization credits, six foundation credits, six research methods credits, and three capstone credits.

Courses for an Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
EDU 8000 Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 8001 Advanced Scholarly Writing
EDR 8203:Research Methods
EDR 8204
EDR 8205
Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement

Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
Specialization Courses
Select six courses from the following:
ECE 7001 Topics in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7002Topics in Early Childhood Growth, Development, and Educational Programs
ECE 7003Topics in Early Childhood Program Administration
ECE 7005Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
ECE 7007Early Childhood Literacy and Literature
ECE 7009Families, Communities, and Schools as Partners in Early Childhood Education
CT 7004Language and Literacy Education
CT 7005Literacy: Focus on Curriculum
Capstone Course
ED 7053 Education Specialist Capstone Project

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

After completing the Education Specialist program in Early Childhood Education, you could seek teaching opportunities in public and private preschools, elementary schools, and child care organizations. Examples of positions you may wish to pursue include:

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Child Care Director