Edward G. Boehm, Jr. Graduate Program in Education
The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education Leadership is a 30-credit program that prepares individuals to undertake leadership roles in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic 21st century schools to ensure optimal developmental outcomes for the nation’s youngest constituents.
Targets evidence-based approaches for organizing, leading, and advocating for quality early childhood curriculum and environments designed to promote children’s success.
Prepares professional educators to shape early childhood programs, implement quality practices, engage diverse families, and strategize to address critical issues in the early childhood field.
As a result of engaging in the graduate program, individuals will:
- Utilize evidence-based approaches for organizing, leading, and advocating for quality early childhood curriculum and environments designed to promote children’s success;
- Shape early childhood programs, implement quality practices, and engage diverse families to address critical issues in the early childhood field;
- Assume leadership roles in program development across educational venues;
- Implement pedagogical innovations and best practices, which holistically address positive child developmental outcomes in all domains;
- Enhance practice, refine skills, and deepened content knowledge in the areas of programming, supervising, assessing, regulating, and collaborating.
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education Leadership will employ a cohort model and a hybrid instructional strategy. A requirement of six (6) credits per semester must be maintained, including summers. The anticipated program length is two years.
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree (any major) from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
ECE 5150 – Research on Child Development
ECE 5200 – Evidence-Based Practices
ECE 5250 – Data-Driven Decision-Making
ECE 5300 – Multiple Perspectives of Play and Learning
ECE 6150 – Policies, Standards, and Regulatory Systems
ECE 6200 – Legal and Advocacy Issues
ECE 6250 – Early Childhood Program Evaluation
ECE 6300 – Managing Fiscal and Human Resources in Early Childhood Education
ECE 6350 – Grant Writing for the Discipline
ECE 6400 – Strengths-Based Family Partnerships
Keystone College accepts applicants for the Early Childhood Education Leadership program for the fall and spring terms. In addition to the application materials required for all master’s applicants, applicants to the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education Leadership program must also provide the following clearances:
- PA DPW Child Abuse Clearance
- PA State Police Criminal History
- Health appraisal with negative TB test results
Provisional Acceptance Applicants who do not meet all admissions criteria may be granted provisional admission based on experience and notable achievements in the field. Satisfactory completion of six credits of provisional admission coursework will be required within one semester. Students who do not meet these provisions cannot continue in the program.
The cohort program will operate on a six-credit per semester schedule. Classes will meet twice per course using a synchronous remote platform for a full day (Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). The rest of the class time will be online.
- Early Childhood Education Program Director
- Instructional Coordinator
- Curriculum Coordinator and Developer
- Child Advocacy Specialist
- Adjunct Instructor – College Level
- Child Development Researcher
- Earn graduate credits to facilitate movement from Level I to Level II Teacher Certification