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Early Childhood Focus

Master of Arts in Education with a Focus in Early Childhood Education (30 credit hours)

This program helps you build compelling learning environments for children from birth to age 8, including the roles of literacy development, child development, classroom creativity, and family and community partnerships in early childhood programs.

This focus area meets and exceeds national accreditation requirements that early childhood program administrators complete at least 9 credit hours, or a minimum of 144 clock hours, in the areas of administration, management, and leadership of early childhood education.  

Courses You Will Take

  • EDRD 615 Early Literacy Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 627 Child Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 630 School, Family, and Community Partnerships (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 640 Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 641 Early Childhood Program Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 644 Education in a Diverse Society (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 648 Play and Creativity in Early Childhood (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 649 Infant and Toddler Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDEL 651 Educational Programs for Young Children (3 credit hours), Prerequisite EDEL 640
  • EDEL 676 Research in Elementary Education (3 credit hours)

Certificate Options
Graduates of this master’s degree program will also have a “certificate of early childhood program administration” listed on their transcripts. Make sure to check with advisor Harold Roberts about how to do this.

Or, you can take only the focus area courses for a graduate certificate in early childhood education.

Online and Distance Education
David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday-Friday
Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
Fax: 765-285-7161
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