Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates have an in-depth knowledge of the content that they teach.
  2. Candidates select and use a broad range of instructional strategies and technologies that promote student learning and they will clearly explain the choices they make in their practice.
  3. Candidates reflect on their practice and are able to identify their strengths and areas of needed improvement.
  4. Candidates analyze student, classroom, and school performance data and make data-driven decisions about strategies for teaching and learning so that all students learn.

Selected Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates will demonstrate the level of their content knowledge through evidence presented in an electronic portfolio.
  2. Candidates will demonstrate their use of instructional strategies and technologies through completion of a self-evaluation of a teaching episode that will be included in their electronic portfolio.
  3. Candidates will document reflection and will identify areas of strengths and areas for improvement through completion of the COE Advanced Teacher Self-Assessment Instrument.
  4. Candidates will demonstrate their ability to positively impact P-5 learning through documentation presented in the electronic portfolio.

Prior to admission to any graduate program at Valdosta State University, applicants must first submit a completed application packet to the Graduate School. A completed application packet includes official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, official test scores (GRE/MAT if required), completed application form, fee, and any additional program requirements submitted by the admission deadline. To be considered for the preferred term, all required materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than the close of business on the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to allow adequate time for document submission and to ensure receipt of documents.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: July 15
  • Spring Deadline: November 15
  • Summer Deadline: April 15

Go to the Graduate School website and click on Our Programs, then click on ECE M.Ed. Program for information on:

  • Specific ECE M.Ed. Program Admission Requirements
  • ECE M.Ed. Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies
  • ECE M.Ed. Program Graduation Requirements

To Apply Online, click here

Requirements for the M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Early Childhood Education

College of Education and Human Services Core Courses6
EDUC 5999Professional Orientation0
PSYC 7010Learning and Assessment3
RSCH 7100Research Methodology in Education3
Early Childhood Education Core 24
ECED 7210Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
ECED 7220Early Childhood Inclusive Environments3
ECED 7230Teaches as Mentors, Coaches, and Leaders in Early Childhood Education3
ECED 7320Curriculum and Instructional Strategies P-53
ECED 7330Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education3
ECED 7340Action Research in Early Childhood Education3
ECED 7540Developing Creativity and Critical Thinking in Early Childhood Education3
ECED 7550Differentiating Instruction in P-5 Classrooms3
Electives 16
Total Hours Required for the Degree36

Suggested Electives: ECED 6000 (3-6 credits), ENGL 8690 , LEAD 7020, LEAD 7420, other electives approved by advisor. Students may apply elective credit toward an endorsement.


READ 7010, READ 7100, READ 7130

ESOL 6010, ESOL 6020, ESOL 6030

PSYG 5610, PSYG 6600, PSYG 6620, PSYG 7600