The Wesleyan Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.) program is focused on advanced curricula, issues, trends, teaching methods, research, and leadership skills and transitions already accomplished certified teachers into highly skilled practitioners of the policies, procedures, and principles of early childhood education.
This teacher education program offers courses in arts integration, mathematics, science, reading, literature, social studies, child development, and educational research. The Wesleyan M.Ed. Program is specifically designed around an educator’s academic calendar so working professionals can earn a graduate degree without disrupting their career. Summer courses meet during the day, while fall and spring courses meet during the evening. Unique hybrid course components offer added flexibility through partial online teaching and learning.
This summer-to-summer program can be completed over 14 months of coursework and requires a total of 34 semester hours divided into four semesters. Students progress through the program in highly selective cohorts, working in teams along the way to create unique personal and professional support structures that augment the learning process. Cohorts limited to 25 students ensure that students work closely with highly respected faculty and benefit from the individual attention offered through Wesleyan’s distinctive seminar-styled teaching philosophy.
M.Ed. candidates travel to the Ron Clark Academy, and to other educational venues, to observe pedagogy and curricula in various classrooms and compare the events in these classrooms with their research. The program’s capstone project requires M.Ed. candidates to complete a comprehensive research project that allows them to reflect on the knowledge and skills gained during the coursework and field work, deepen their understandings of teaching and learning, and delve into previously-published research in the field of education.
M.Ed. Program Schedule
Summer Year 1 (June through July)
EDU 530: Advanced Pedagogy and Content for Early Childhood Social Studies
EDU 532: Advanced Integration of the Arts in the Early Childhood Classroom
EDU 534: Advanced Pedagogy and Content for Early Childhood Mathematics
PSY 501: Developmental Psychology of the Young Child
Fall Semester (August through December)
EDU 542: Advanced Pedagogy and Content for Early Childhood Science
EDU 536: Advanced Teaching of Reading and Writing in the Early Childhood Classroom
Spring Semester (January through May)
MAT 513: Probability, Statistics and Data Analysis
EDU 538: Literacy Development through Children’s Literature
Summer Year 2 (June through July)
EDU 540: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
EDU 544: Exploring Educational Venues
Wesleyan’s M.Ed. program is scheduled in cohorts. Candidates enter the program and follow the above program schedule along with their cohort members during the 14-month period of the degree program. Deviations from the outlined program schedule and course calendar are not allowed except in cases of emergency. These will be decided on a case-by-case basis by majority vote of the Education Graduate Council. Candidates are required to participate in all cohort activities, including field trips and occasional cohort meetings.
2015 Tuition: $15,000; includes tuition, textbooks, netbook computer, and field trips.