Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Early Childhood Education

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 credits)

  • Courses, Seminars, Practicums (12-16 credits)

  • Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay Project (3 credits)

2) General Professional Education (6 credits)

3) Cognate (3-6 credits)