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Prerequisites: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning that includes the following courses: Child Psychology and Development, Early Childhood Curriculum, Practicum or Field Work, and Early Childhood Program Management. Experience working in early childhood settings is also desirable.

Total Program: 33 semester hours

Advancement to Candidacy requires the completion of 21 semester hours, an application for graduation, and the completion of specific assessments required by the College’s assessment system


Core Courses: 

9 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 503 Educational Psychology 3
ASCD 504 Methods of Research 3
ASCD 550 Human Development 3


Area of Concentration: 

18 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 518 Language, Reading, and Concept Development 3
ASCD 551 Studies in Attachment 3
ASCD 556 Assessment in Early Childhood 3
ASCD 557 Teaching Adults 3
ASCD 558 Cognition and Brain Development 3
ASCD 559 Developmental Curriculum 3


3 semester hours of courses selected on the advice of the program chairperson.

Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 596 Graduate Seminar 3