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Early Childhood Education, Research Concentration, Non-Licensure (Education, M.S.Ed.)

The Early Childhood Research Concentration provides early childhood educators with an advanced professional degree and qualifications beyond licensure. Course work for the degree includes a focus on scholarly research, statistical analysis, and writing for professional journals. This degree is suitable for early childhood teachers who wish to pursue a doctoral degree, but is also for early childhood teachers who wish to improve and update their professional competency in teaching and enrich their teaching expertise for becoming master teachers. Teachers completing the program enhance their ability to teach effectively and to conduct powerful educational research that has a direct impact upon their individual practice and school settings.

Early Childhood Education, Research Concentration, Non-Licensure (Education, M.S.Ed.)


Description


What is Early Childhood Education (Research Concentration) at ODU like?

The Early Childhood Research Concentration provides early childhood educators with an advanced professional degree and qualifications beyond licensure. Course work for the degree includes a focus on scholarly research, statistical analysis, and writing for professional journals. This degree is suitable for early childhood teachers who wish to pursue a doctoral degree, but is also for early childhood teachers who wish to improve and update their professional competency in teaching and enrich their teaching expertise for becoming master teachers. Teachers completing the program enhance their ability to teach effectively and to conduct powerful educational research that has a direct impact upon their individual practice and school settings.

Program Highlights


What makes Early Childhood Education (Research Concentration) at ODU unique?

  • Students choose one of two capstone options: a research thesis or an internship experience.

  • Completion of the program requirements leads to the upgrade of the teaching license to the Postgraduate Professional level for those holding a Virginia Collegiate Professional License or its equivalent from another state.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$60,830

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

$57,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

$33,590

MEDIAN SALARY


Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Early Childhood Education (Research Concentration) at ODU?

FOUN 612:
Applied Research Methods in Education


The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to write a research proposal and conduct research. It is intended for those students who are completing a thesis to meet their program requirements, those planning on pursuing a doctoral degree, or those who anticipate conducting research for any other reasons. The course examines types of educational research and criteria for selection of topics for research projects; describes criteria for effective collection and organization of data; review of literature, analysis of data and proposal writing.

TLED 701:
Teacher as Leader


This course prepares elementary and secondary teachers to become facilitators of change in schools and communities. They will explore various leader roles in the K-12 context, including exemplary and critically minded practitioner, curriculum decision-maker, researcher, advocate, and facilitator of job-embedded professional development

TLCI 740:
Issues in Early Childhood Language and Literacy


This course follows a theory into practice philosophy, examining language acquisition and early literacy, teaching practice and learning. Students examine, develop and use advanced instructional strategies, materials, technologies, and activities to promote language and literacy development. The impact of formative assessment on instruction and curricular decision-making as well as cultural, social, familial, and multilingual issues will be addressed.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Early Childhood Education (Research Concentration) at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Early Childhood Education (Research Concentration) should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Admission to the graduate program in early childhood education is granted by the graduate program director in conjunction with early childhood faculty. The following requirements are necessary for admission to the program. Students must: 
 

  • hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution;

  • have a general undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or better;

  • submit an application of interest;

  • submit official copies of all transcripts;

  • submit a written essay on career goals (two pages) that demonstrates academic writing proficiency;

  • submit two letters of professional reference for this program of study; and

  • have an interview with the graduate program director. 

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

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Graduate Admissions


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Phone Office:

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International Admissions


Location:

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Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

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