Curriculum and Instruction

Early Childhood Education

The goal of the Early Childhood Education Area of Specialization is to provide candidates with opportunities to expand their knowledge, skills, and understanding of the growth and development of the young child. Candidates are encouraged and supported in their search for new information about their particular interests and needs. Our mission is to help our candidates develop as learners, teachers, leaders, and "experts" in the field of early childhood education.  Be sure to note that some of the courses are taught online, some are hybrid, and some are taught face to face.

Core Requirements (15 SH)

EIS 500          Methods of Research (3 SH, online or face-to-face)

ECH 474G      Early Childhood Assessment (3 SH, face-to-face)

ECH 539         Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3 SH, online)

ECH 565         Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3 SH, online)

ECH 603         Research in Early Childhood Education (3 SH, individual study)

Area of Specialization (12 SH)
Choose 12 semester hours from the courses listed below.  Use Course Projections to assist you in your choices.

C&I 476G        Parent/Community Involvement (3 SH, face to face - Macomb campus)

ECH 524         Intervention Techniques in Early Childhood Education (3 SH, online)

ECH 549         Practicum in Early Childhood Education (1-4 SH, individual study)

ECH 564         Language and Thought of the Child (3 SH, hybrid based on Macomb campus)

ECH 571         Theory and Function of Play (3 SH, hybrid)

ECH 573         Infancy and Childhood (3 SH, online)

LA 578            Language Arts for Diverse Learners (3 SH, online)

RDG 569        Reading in Early Childhood (3 SH, online)

Electives (3 SH)

Candidates may select from any of the courses offered at the graduate level by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Graduate-level courses in other departments at Western may also be used as electives with advisor approval. Consult your advisor as well as the Graduate Catalog and the course schedule/registration materials for each semester's offerings.