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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 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.
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Dr. Angela Eckhoff
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