Jan 18, 2022
Educators prepare to become more effective early childhood leaders and advocate for and foster positive outcomes for young children and their families in the Education Specialist (EdS) in Early Childhood Education program. Educators in this program explore the complex family, cultural, societal, and developmental influences that affect child development and learning and critically review current research in the field. They analyze topics such as child development, family partnerships, content knowledge, assessment, effective practices, leadership, advocacy, and professionalism. Through case studies and innovative technology, professionals examine the quality of early childhood programs and policies, implement strategies to promote positive outcomes for young children, and evaluate the leadership characteristics necessary to implement effective change.
Coursework in this specialization is designed to reflect the advanced early childhood professional guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
All EdS graduates will be prepared to:
- Apply discipline-specific knowledge to address issues in educational settings.
- Apply evidence-based practices to address a problem within the academic and/or work environment and propose a solution.
- Communicate information to a variety of stakeholders using oral and written formats.
- Practice ethically as a professional in the field of education.
- Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to promote continuous improvement in educational settings.
- Advocate for social change to make a positive impact in educational settings.
In addition to the shared EdS outcomes above, Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure) graduates will be prepared to:
- Apply research-based skills in the areas of child development and learning to evaluate practices and policies.
- Apply effective leadership practices, including collaboration and advocacy, to promote positive outcomes for young children and families.
- Apply responsible assessment practices to support healthy development and positive learning outcomes for young children.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural responsiveness in interactions with children, families, community members, and early childhood professionals.
- Integrate professional resources, including technology, to create effective solutions to authentic problems in the early childhood field.
- Apply a variety of perspectives that are knowledgeable, reflective, and critical to promote professional growth and positive social change in the early childhood field.
- Design a scholarly response to address an early childhood education problem and contribute to the profession.
- 45 total quarter credits
- Foundation course (5 cr.)
- Research course (5 cr.)
- Specialization courses (30 cr.)
- EdS Capstone Project (5 cr.)
Curriculum (45 total cr.)
Foundation Course (5 cr.)
Specialization Courses (30 cr.)
The recommended course sequence is as follows:
Note on Educator Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to educator licensure or certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.
Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.