Early Childhood Education MEd
Temple University’s Early Childhood Education Master of Education will help you develop the requisite expertise to earn the initial teacher certification needed teach classes ranging from pre-kindergarten to fourth grade. This master’s degree program provides you with the theoretical knowledge and instructional techniques to adapt classroom instruction to the developmental changes of childhood and early adolescence.
Beyond the foundational courses, you will develop—or sharpen—instructional strategies for teaching literacy, math, science, and social studies in a manner that complements the cognitive and emotional capacities of young children. You will also learn how to effectively teach children who are English language learners, have disabilities or face other educational challenges.
Your master’s program culminates in a semester-long student teaching assignment, during which you’ll develop classroom management skills. A capstone course gives you the opportunity to reflect upon your student teaching experience and the degree program in general.
In addition to your student teaching experience, you must complete a certain amount of fieldwork hours each semester as part of your coursework. These placements are designed to give you experience in working with children in educational settings.
The degree program consists of 37 credits, including two foundational courses, Child and Adolescent Development and a Seminar Series: Problems in Educational Psychology. You will also complete 15 credits on early childhood instruction and nine credits in special education and English language learner instruction. Your final seven credits constitute the culminating work for this degree.
Most courses are held on Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, although some online and hybrid options are available. Courses are held in the evening starting at 5 p.m. You can attend full or part-time, and you have up to four years to complete the program.
No thesis or exam is required. Your degree culminates with a capstone course and a 14-week semester of full-time, supervised teaching at a local elementary school. If you already have a paid teaching position, you may use your worksite to fulfill this requirement, with approval from the Office of Field Placement.