Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2017-18 Northeastern State University Graduate Catalog Program: Early Childhood Education M.Ed. - Major Code 3400 Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Early Childhood Education M.Ed. - Major Code 3400

OSRHE Program Code: 117
CIP Code: 131210

Master of Education General Information 

(32 Semester Hours plus Capstone Experience)


This program is designed to develop highly competent teachers and others who are dedicated to providing educational leadership in the field of early childhood. Effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Early Childhood, Reading and Special Education are emphasized. Courses are established to encourage candidates to use current theory and research to make decisions about effective practice.


The applicant for the Early Childhood Education program must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. Scores no more than five years old on the general examination of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
  3. An approved Application for Graduate Admission;
  4. Two official transcripts of all previous college course work. The transcripts must be sent directly from the schools attended to the Graduate College Office;
  5. A grade average of 3.0 in the undergraduate major (may be conditionally admitted on a grade average of 2.75 in the undergraduate major. Conditional admission requires a student to maintain a 3.0 grade average in the first 12 hours of graduate course work with no grade below a “C”.);
  6. A score at or above the 30th percentile of college graduates nationally on the Miller Analogies Test or the equivalent on the verbal and quantitative ability portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Students who are admitted with less than the minimum score requirement on the GRE or MAT must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA for the first 12 hours of graduate course work stipulated on the student’s degree plan. If the 3.5 is not met, additional courses approved by the advisor will be required;
  7. Courses in the Master of Education in Early Childhood do not include all courses needed for an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate for the State of Oklahoma.  Candidates seeking certification will be individually advised on courses needed based on previous college credits.

An applicant who has not met admission requirements may be admitted for one semester only on a tentative (temporary) basis. An applicant may continue in the program, beyond the first enrollment, only if admission requirements are met. Otherwise, any course work completed may not apply in the program.


An advisor in the Early Childhood Education program is assigned to the candidate by the Graduate College when the candidate is admitted to graduate studies. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make an appointment with the advisor prior to enrollment to discuss policies and procedures relevant to the degree program. The advisor develops the plan of study in conference with the candidate, assists in the selection of classes each semester, and counsels the student.

Structure of the Degree Plan

The master’s degree in Early Childhood Education requires a professional component, an Early Childhood component and an area of emphasis component.

These 4000 level courses may be included on the degree plan (ECED4113, ECED 4313, SPED 4812 or SLP 4813), unless they have been previously taken.

I. Professional Education 6 hours required

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
EDUC 5103 - Educational Research
EDUC 5483 - Advanced Educational Measurements


EDUC 5143 - Qualitative Research

II. Specialized Early Childhood 16 hours required

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ECED 5413 - Advanced Development of the Young Child
ECED 5613 - Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs
ECED 5813 - Utilization of Resources in Early Childhood
ECED 5583 - Current Trends and Research in Early Childhood
ECED 5713 - Advanced Study, Cognitive Development of Young Children
ECED 5213 - Infant and Toddlers
ECED 5513 - Advanced Organization & Implementation, Early Childhood Programs
ECED 5921 - Seminar: Early Childhood Practicum

III. Enrichment 10 hours required

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
READ 5323 - Literacy Assessment
READ 5113 - Emergent & Early Literacy Development
ECED 5563 - Diversity Issues in Early Childhood
ECED 5543 - Family Dynamics in Early Childhood
ECED 4113 - Creative Expression for Early Childhood
ECED 4313 - Development of Early Childhood Programs
LIBM 5611 - Library Media Workshop (Author/Illustrator series)

IV Capstone.

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ECED 5900 - Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3 hours)


Capstone: ECED 5903, Seminar in EC Education - Requires completion of 24 hours prior to enrollment. In lieu of this course, a Thesis or Capstone Project may be written with advisor approval.

* These courses may apply to EC Certification