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Raise Your Hand if You’re Ready to Make a Difference in Student Success
Are you an early childhood educator ready to become a difference maker working with young learners? If you’d like to deepen your knowledge and expand your role in building a foundation for educational settings where young students can thrive, National University’s Master of Early Childhood Education degree is designed to help you become an agent of change.
Our program is designed to prepare you to become a director, leader, advocate, and/or to work in the field of higher education to prepare early childhood teachers. Through deep reflection on current issues, research, and trends in the field, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the complex history and unique role of early educators.
NU’s curriculum is taught by faculty who hold terminal degrees in early childhood education and are dedicated to sharing their expertise, passion, and strong belief in supporting student success. Throughout the program, you’ll engage in opportunities, based upon Universal Design for Learning (UDL) theory, to gain the skills and knowledge to advance and advocate for the field of early childhood education.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s MA in Early Childhood Education, you’ll understand how to:
- Evaluate effective early childhood practice using critical thinking skills, active self-reflection, and professional standards
- Examine the impact of evidence-based practices and policies on children, family, schools, and community
- Demonstrate effective leadership skills to promote and advance the field of early childhood education for children, families, educators, and community
Hear From Our Faculty
Watch this video to hear Professor Lori Piowlski discuss how early childhood education is at a crossroads and that agents of change are needed in the field who can come in and take charge.
“Education shifts, and the shifts happen quickly. We can’t all rely on our own learned experiences to continue to understand what what’s best for students now. We need to be looking forward.”
-Chair, Teacher Education Department, Professor
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