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Master of Education

The Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed for professionals who currently hold a Michigan Elementary Teaching Certificate and who are teaching in programs for children from birth - eight (8) years of age or those who wish to work with these age groups. As part of this program, students may have their transcripts evaluated and a plan of work developed to become eligible to receive an Early Childhood (ZA) Endorsement on the Michigan Elementary Teaching Certificate. Students may need teaching experience with primary, pre-primary or infant-toddler age groups.

The coursework for this program is divided into three (3) areas:

  1. The specialization;
  2. The general professional sequence or core; and
  3. The cognate areas.

A minimum of 30 semester hours of credit is required for graduation:

1. Professional Specialization

  • Introductory Master's Seminar 3 Cr.
  • Courses, Seminars, Practicums 12 - 16 Cr.
  • Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay Project 3 Cr.

2. General Professional Education 6 Cr.

3. Cognate 3 - 6 Cr.

When all coursework is completed and the MTTC Early Childhood Education Test #82 has been passed, students must:

  1. Apply for degree
  2. Apply for certification using Professional Certificate (and Endorsement) application.

Upon completion of all requirements, Wayne State University will recommend the student to the Michigan Department of Education for certification and send a 90-Day Letter for the Early Childhood Education (ZA) Endorsement.

Admission Requirements

Those interested in applying to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education program must apply to the Graduate School by the appropriate deadline.  Students are admitted to the M.Ed. Program every semester.  The deadlines to apply are March 1, July 1, and November 1 for admission for the following semester. Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid  or for scholarships available through the College of Education for additional information.

Plan of Work

Students must complete an M.Ed. Plan of Work with the Early Childhood Education graduate advisor, Mark Larson during the first term of attendance.  The Plan of Work and an up-to-date transcript must be submitted to the Division of Academic Services (489 Education) after at least one course on the Plan of Work has been taken and before 12 credit hours are completed. Students should ONLY enroll for courses that have been approved by Mark Larson.

Time Limitations


You must complete the requirements for the Master of Education within six years, starting with the completion of the first recorded graduate course to be used for your degree.

Master's Degree Seminars


Students are advised to take TED 7000 after they have completed 6 - 9 credit hours of coursework. The Terminal Master's Seminar (ED 7999) is the last class in this program.

Transfer Credits


A maximum of 6 graduate semester credits from another accredited university may be transferred and applied to your program provided the courses are approved by your graduate advisor and the Division of Academic Services. Such courses must be graduate level courses with grades of "B" or better. However, a minimum of 24 semester credits toward the master's degree must be earned in residence at Wayne State University.

Student Teaching / Practicum / Internship

M.Ed. students do not have a student teaching/practicum/internship requirement unless they are earning the Early Childhood (ZA) Endorsement and need to meet the lead teacher age level requirements.