Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,
Date of First Reading: January 31, 2022
Date of Second Reading: February 28, 2022
Title of Motion: Request from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College – Division of Teacher Preparation – for the establishment of a graduate degree – Master of Education (MED) Early Childhood Education
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education will prepare individuals to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of children from birth through age eight. The program is ideal for students who already have a teaching certificate and are interested in furthering their knowledge and those who have a bachelor's degree in any field. The MEd program in early childhood education has been offered as a concentration under the curriculum and instruction degree since fall 2008 with currently 188 active students. The proposed degree would replace the master of education in curriculum and instruction (early childhood education) degree and provide parity with the college’s teacher preparation and certification programs that are degrees rather than concentrations (e.g., elementary education, secondary education, special education).