Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in Early Childhood Education are designed for educators and child care professionals who wish to explore issues in early childhood research, theory, and practice. Early childhood graduate programs are interdisciplinary, faculty-wide programs that consist of core courses in early childhood education (ECED) and related courses in other departments. Key areas of focus include: theorizing early childhood and early childhood education, research and research methodologies, issues in early childhood curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation, and cross departmental inquiries in early childhood education.

Graduate programs in Early Childhood Education, offered through the Faculty of Education, are interdisciplinary, cross-departmental programs that consist of core courses in early childhood and related courses in departments. For example, approved elective courses might be found in child development, in special education (Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology & Special Education), in early literacy (Language and Literacy Education), in early numeracy (Curriculum and Pedagogy) or in the history of childhood education (Educational Studies). All Master’s programs must be completed within 5 years for both full-time and part-time students.

Master of Arts (MA)

The MA program is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in pursuing research about young children. The program is a research-oriented degree consisting of a total of 30-credits, which includes 9 core credits, 6 research methods credits, 9 elective credits, and a 9-credit thesis (ECED 599). A minimum of 24 credits must be at the 500-level.

Core
Review of Research in Early Childhood Education (ECED 508) 3
Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education (ECED 585) 3
Research Methodology in Education (EDUC 500) 3
Research Methods
Research methodology elective minimum 3
MA Thesis (ECED 599) 9
Electives
Elective credits approved by supervisor (may include 6 credits of senior undergraduate coursework) 9
Total 30 credits

Master of Education (MEd)

The MEd program in Early Childhood Education (ECED) is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of professional practice with young children. The MEd program is a 30-credit program consisting of ten courses or nine courses and a capstone experience (ECED 590). ECED 590 is recognized as a capstone experience by the British Columbia Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). A minimum of 24 credits must be at the 500-level.

Core
Review of Research in Early Childhood Education (ECED 508) 3
Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education (ECED 585) 3
Research Methodology in Education (EDUC 500) 3
Capstone (optional, but recommended for BC teachers)
Graduating Project (ECED 590) 3
Electives
Elective credits approved by supervisor (may include 6 credits of senior undergraduate coursework) 15-18
Total 30 Credits

Master of Education Online (MEd EC17)

The MEd program in Early Childhood Education (ECED) is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of professional practice with young children. The MEd program is a 30-credit program consisting of ten courses or nine courses and a capstone experience (ECED 590). ECED 590 is recognized as a capstone experience by the British Columbia Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). A minimum of 24 credits must be at the 500-level.

Core
Review of Research in Early Childhood Education (ECED 508) 3
Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education (ECED 585) 3
Research Methodology in Education (EDUC 500) 3
Capstone (optional, but recommended for BC teachers)
Graduating Project (ECED 590) 3
Electives
Elective credits approved by supervisor (may include 6 credits of senior undergraduate coursework) 15-18
Total 30 Credits

The MEd in Early Childhood Education program is offered both on campus and online. The online MEd is offered in collaboration with Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE). More information about the online program is provided at PDCE.

Elective Credits

Elective credits approved by supervisor may include, but are not limited to, courses from this listing ECED Pre-approved Electives