Nurture your passion for teaching young children.

The work an early childhood educator does is extraordinarily important. You give young minds the foundation for lifelong success, while teaching them what it means to love learning and aim high. Bolster the meaning behind your work and your impact with Concordia University-Portland’s Early Childhood Education MEd concentration.

You’ll explore current trends and research, design developmentally effective curricula, and refine skills in advocating for young children ages 0-8. And through the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction core courses and capstone experience, you’ll get a comprehensive overview in addition to specialized knowledge.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework—paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom—makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits—from higher pay to promotions—are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your MEd in one year, one class at a time, with built-in breaks
Updated curriculum
Constantly updated curriculum
NWCCU
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Respected
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
10,000-strong alumni
10,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall program experience

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:

Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards and specific district standards

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs

Classroom Diversity Skills

Classroom Diversity Skills

An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity

Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership

A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction

Modification Abilities

Modification Abilities

The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education is a 30 credit-hour program

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum

This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.

EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought

Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.

 

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Early Childhood Education
12 credits
EDCI 503 (3)
Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education

This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education by exploring its past, present and future. Significant issues focusing on advocacy for children and families will be addressed in terms of the interpretation of research, philosophical approaches, and application of theory. Students will become familiar with advocacy for children and families at the local, state, and national levels.

EDCI 504 (3)
Early Childhood Education: A Constructivist Approach

This course focuses on curriculum development in pre-kindergarten and the primary grades from a constructivist perspective. Emphasis is placed on facilitating child-centered learning and implementing authentic assessment practices within State prescribed standards and benchmarks. This course is specifically designed for classroom teachers willing to explore the opportunities of project-based learning.

EDCI 505 (3)
Play in Early Childhood Education

This course focuses on the relationship between play and learning for young children (birth through age eight). It is based on the philosophy that children construct knowledge while actively engaged in the process of understanding the world around them. Strategies for implementing play opportunities in the preschool and primary curriculum will be accentuated in order that the student may create a classroom environment that supports playful learning.

EDCI 589 (3)
Emergent Literacy
This course examines the development of literacy skills in young children, ages 0-8. Topics include the reading/writing connection, use of trade books and thematic literature, and current research in the field of literacy development.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research

This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with one of three courses: EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry, EDGR 698-Action Research, or EDGR 699-Thesis. Any one of these options provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

SELECT ONE CAPSTONE COURSE:

Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:
EDGR 696 (3)
Practitioner Inquiry

Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the reflective acts of the candidate as an educator seeking to improve teaching practice. Premised in the self-study research methodological traditions (Samaras, 2011), Practitioner Inquiry provides the opportunity to reflect on teaching practice and generate improvements based on classroom observation. Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the educator and her/his own practices, developing skills of inquiry, observation, reflection, and action in teachers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research

EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research

Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.)
This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called "Action Research" in their classroom, school, district or other work environment. The design method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.

EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis

The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her thesis instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Is the MEd in Early Childhood Education concentration right for me?

Consider choosing this path if:

  • You want to study new strategies that engage kids in active, hands-on learning
  • You’re looking to take on an ECE leadership role at your school or district
  • You’re ready to gain additional competencies to advocate for ECE programs in your community

Still unsure? We know we offer a lot of programs! Let’s talk more about your professional and personal goals.

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All my professors at Concordia University-Portland inspired me to be a highly effective educator, and they played an important part in learning different effective teaching methods that I currently use in my classroom.
ANITA GREEN, MEd in Curriculum & Instruction:
Early Childhood Education

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where an MEd focused on ECE could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:

  • Daycare owner
  • ECE teacher
  • Director, ECE program
  • Higher education instructor: Early Childhood Education
  • Consultant/advisor, ECE programs
  • Professional development, ECE
  • Lead ECE teacher
  • ECE advisor to local, state, and national policymakers

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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