Program in early childhood education will launch fall 2012

June 18, 2012

DEARBORN / June 18, 2012---University of Michigan-Dearborn’s School of Education announced that beginning with the fall 2012 semester it will offer a new master’s degree in early childhood education. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education will help the region meet the growing demand for excellent education leadership and provides options for teachers, administrators and other service providers.

“In recent years, educators and policymakers have come to understand the critical role that early childhood education plays in establishing a strong foundation for later academic success,” said Edward Silver, dean, School of Education. “The need for talented leaders in this field continues to grow. Participants in this program will advance their knowledge regarding the design and delivery of high-quality programs for young children and their families.”

The 30-credit hour degree has been developed with both certified and non-certified professionals in mind. Two program options were developed for teachers who are certified in the state of Michigan. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with the Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) program is designed for those elementary teachers wishing to gain competency in the general and special education of young children birth to eight.

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion UM-Dearborn Certificate is a non-endorsement program for teachers holding an Early Childhood (ZA/ZS) endorsement and provides significant knowledge and skills for teaching children with disabilities using a transdisciplinary inclusive approach.

Individuals who are not certified teachers but are interested in early childhood leadership and administration can participate in the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education for Early Childhood Administration and Leadership. This program will serve professionals who need further preparation in supervision, and field experience in administration and leadership.

Courses are flexible and developed with the working professional in mind, with most classes available during evening and summer hours, along with several online courses. More information is available on the School of Education website.

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.

Beth Marmarelli