M.Ed. Early Childhood Education PK-3 (ECE)

The Early Childhood license qualifies you to work with students in grades PK-3. The program provides the opportunity to:

  • Learn with faculty who have real-world teaching experience
  • Study in a team approach with adult learners
  • Attend courses on weekday evenings and Saturdays
  • Qualify for an Ohio Resident Educator teaching license to work with students pre-school through Grade 3

Required Early Childhood Education areas of study include:

  • Child Development
  • Creating Positive Learning Environments
  • Family, School and Community Relations
  • Teaching and Learning Theories and Strategies
  • Reading
  • Research and Assessment
  • Clinical Experience in PK-3 Classrooms

Areas of employment using your Early Childhood Education major include:

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Kindergarten – Third Grade Teacher in Public Schools
  • Preschool Director

With the addition of a Reading Endorsement, graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are eligible to be a Title l teacher in Grades K-12.

To qualify for the early childhood education Ohio Resident Educator License, candidates must have met the general education requirements and have earned 46 semester-credits in the professional program as follows (includes the Ohio professional license reading courses):

  • ECE5000 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (2 cr)
  • ECE5100 Foundations of Education (3cr)
  • ECE5200 Whole Child Development and Learning (4 cr)
  • ECE5300 Planning and Assessment for Student Learning (6 cr)
  • ECE5400 Learning Environments (4 cr)
  • ECE5500 Integrated Methods (4 cr)
  • ECE5800 Clinical I – Internship (1 cr)
  • ECE6000 Clinical II – Student Teaching (10 cr)
  • RLE5150 Foundations for Reading Instruction (3 cr)
  • RLE5250 Phonics (3 cr)
  • RLE5350 Reading Assessment (3 cr)
  • RLE5450 Content Literacy (3 cr)
ECE5000 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (2 cr)
This course introduces candidates to the teaching profession with particular emphasis on the use of inquiry in the classroom, the teacher performance assessment, and professional codes of conduct. (Standard 7)
ECE5100 Foundations of Education (3cr)
Candidates begin to formulate their own ideas on historical and contemporary issues of education, including the purpose of schooling; equity in the curriculum; teaching standards; and the definition of student learning and knowledge. Candidates develop an understanding of the variety of meanings ascribed to the term curriculum and the role teachers play as curriculum planners in the creation of democratic schools. (Standard 7)
ECE5200 Whole Child Development and Learning (4 cr)
This course examines the major theories and research findings in all areas of human development and learning for typical and atypichildren with an emphasis on cognitive, psychosocial, and physical development. (Standard 1) 
ECE5300 Planning and Assessment for Student Learning (6 cr)
Candidates begin their development as reflective practitioners through the study of the art and science of teaching. Topics include: examination of curriculum models, implementation and differentiation instructional strategies, lesson and unit design and delivery, the integration of technology, the role of local, state, and federal guidelines. Candidates become familiar with a variety of types of formative and summative assessments from classroom based, teacher created tests, and state-mandated and high stakes standardized tests. Candidates examine in depth types of assessments, characteristics of assessments, uses of assessments, in addition to having a clear understanding of measurement theory, assessment-related issues and interpreting and communicating results of assessments.
ECE5400 Learning Environments (4 cr)
Candidates are provided multiple opportunities to explore methods that can be used to create learning environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging. Emphasis is on building a collaborative approach to promote content area learning and student  engagement. (Standard 5)
ECE5500 Integrated Methods (4 cr)
This course is designed to help candidates develop skill in selecting, integrating and translating knowledge and methodology from multiple content areas into appropriate instruction and assessment. Candidates examine, design, and practice integration of content in relationship to academic standards and real life experiences. (Standard 3)
ECE5800 Clinical I - Internship (1 cr)
Clinical I experience is an internship conducted in the same classroom where teacher candidates will complete their student teaching. During Clinical I, teacher candidates are expected to build rapport with students, develop a professional, mentormentee relationship with their cooperating teacher,  and begin to assimilate into the culture of the  school.  
ECE6000 Clinical II – Student Teaching (10 cr)
Student teaching is the culminating experience and an integral part of the teacher education program at Midwest. Student teaching occurs in public schools with collaborative learning environments focusing on young children, ages 3-8, and that provide practical learning experiences, actual teaching conditions, and professional guidance. The student teaching experience is challenging, intellectually demanding, and instrumental in preparing our  candidates for the real world of teaching.  
RLE5150 Foundations for Reading Instruction (3 cr)
This course will focus on major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading and writing connections in grades K-12.
RLE5250 Phonics (3 cr)
The focus in this course is on the use of the essentials of phonics in the context of reading, spelling, and linguistics: Phonemic and morphemic  systems of language as well as the graphophonemic, syntactic, and semantic cueing systems. This information will be understood as it relates to the age appropriate language processes of reading, writing, talking, and viewing/listening. Candidates will gain an historical perspective on the teaching of phonics through an overview of learning and reading theory. The role of language acquisition, language deficiencies/delays, culture, and dialect differences as they relate to phonics will be studied, as well as the role of phonics in spelling, word recognition, and decoding.  Candidates will learn the terminology of  language structures and develop an understanding of language elements and skills (listening, speaking, writing, and reading). Candidates will view phonics as one kind of aid in identifying words. Diverse methods for teaching sound/symbol  relationships, word recognition, vocabulary, syntax, and  comprehension will be taught and practiced.
RLE5350 Reading Assessment (3 cr)
The principles of assessment and instruction of  struggling readers is introduced in this course,  as well as formal and informal methods used to  identify reading strengths and weaknesses of  students. All components of the reading process  will be assessed, including decoding, comprehension, word recognition, and fluency. The main emphasis is diagnosis of reading problems, administration of assessments, evaluation/ analysis/interpretation of results, and planning instructional interventions to remediate reading difficulties.  
RLE5450 Content Literacy (3 cr)
This course is designed to provide candidates of all subject areas with the knowledge and skills to integrate the language processes, especially reading and writing, into their instruction. The goal of this course is to promote candidates understanding of the strategies that can be utilized to facilitate a learner’s content within a specific course using both narrative and expository text. Candidates will explore the influences on student’s content area reading development, and the effective assessment of content area reading for gauging student progress and informing instruction.