Early Childhood Education: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Program Description

Candidates completing the online M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (ECE) program are effectively prepared to become professionals in a variety of roles within the field of early childhood education, including (but not limited to): educators of young children, administrators/directors of early childhood programs, community college instructors and trainers, professional development coordinators, curriculum coordinators, policy regulators, program managers, family specialists, child development specialists, early intervention specialists and coordinators, consultants, researchers, early childhood program officers and child and family policy advocates.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Praxis II Content Scores (6 points higher than MDE Licensure requirement)
  • Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms
  • Track 1: Hold or eligible to hold an A educator licensure in the content area (elementary ed.)
  • Track 2: No licensure is required

The deadline to apply for admission to the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is March 1. Upon admission to the M.Ed. in ECE program, any previously approved earned ECE master's course credit(s) at the University of Mississippi may be applied to a student's degree plan.

EDEC 600*: Child Development: Prebirth to Age 8
EDEC 601: Language & Literacy Development in Young Children
EDEC 602: Theoretical Foundations of Early Childhood Curriculum
EDEC 603: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in Early Childhood Education
EDEC 604: Function and Theory of Play in Early Childhood Education
EDEC 605: Integrating the Arts in Early Childhood Education
EDEC 606: Social Contexts in Early Childhood
EDEC 607: Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education
EDEC 608: Diverse Needs in Early Childhood Education
EDRS 605: Educational Research I

* EDEC 600 must be taken the first semester of entry into the M.Ed. in ECE program

Note: The program has two tracks: Track 1 (licensure) and Track 2 (non-licensure). Track options are decided upon admission to the program.

Program Tracks
Track 1 Candidates applying for admission to Track 1 of an M.Ed. in ECE must hold a valid teaching license. Candidates are required have a minimum of 45 clock hours of approved field experiences.
Leads to licensure.
Track 2 A valid teaching license is NOT required for candidates applying for admission to Track 2.
Does NOT lead to licensure.

Coursework offered in the program will include meaningful resources and course assignments that aid candidates in their National Board Certification journey to receive the Early Childhood Generalist certification.

For More Information

Burhanettin Keskin
Coordinator of Early Childhood Education
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Department of Teacher Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
321 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-5891
(662) 915-6718 Fax