Course Descriptions

For all course descriptions, please consult the Graduate Catalog online.

Required Courses

ECED 760 Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood: In-depth consideration of guiding theories and critical perspectives in the field of early childhood. Readings to include original works by Vygotsky, Bronfenbrenner, Piaget as well as critical theorists. Post-modern, feminist, post-colonial perspectives, activity and systems theories offer a critical examination of traditional theories in relation to current research and to the students’ professional experiences.

ECED 764 Social Justice and Ethics: An Educational Perspective: Examination of the nature of social justice and critical social issues with implications for educators in early childhood, elementary and secondary settings. In-depth study of ethical frameworks of caring, codes of conduct and moral decision-making in a diverse and democratic society. Practical implications for confronting ethical dilemmas and working for change. (3 credits

ECED 762 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education: Theory, research and practice in Early Childhood as a foundation for leadership in the field and advocacy on behalf of young children, families, communities and the profession. An examination of current issues in the field and strategies for articulating positions and for working toward change. Leadership in teaching administration, policy-making and ethical decision-making. (3 credits

ECED 750 Program Development and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education: The design, development and evaluation of programs in education and human services, including early childhood education. Theory, paradigms, and models; policy in the program development process; grant writing; Bronfenbrenner’s notions of the ecology of human development in the design of programs; budgeting; program evaluation; and the use of technology in program development. (3 credits)

ECED 694 Internship in Early Childhood Education Programs: Experience relating theory and practice in early childhood education programs. Prerequisites: Early Childhood graduate student standing and consent of the Early Childhood Education graduate program director. (3-6 credits)

Areas of Focus and Recommended Electives for C.A.S. Candidates

Candidates will determine an Area of Focus as they begin the program and, with approval of the program director or advisor, will select four elective courses to support that Area. Recommended Areas of Focus are described below. Candidates may develop alterative individualized Areas by submitting proposals to the3 Graduate Program Director for approval.

1. Early Childhood Advocate/Policy Specialist (will prepare candidates to act as advocates for children, families and the profession, specializing in a particular issue or area of need or developing more generalized advocacy and public policy skills). Candidates will work with program director or advisor to identify specific professional goals and select electives to support those goals. Suggested elective choices may include:

  • HRD elective or related field focused on organizational and/or environmental change
  • POSC elective or related field focused on government and legislative processes
  • WMST, SOCI, ECON elective or other issue-specific elective
  • EDUC 603 School Law
  • ECED 694 Internship (an additional 3 credits for full-time public policy work on Capitol Hill, in Annapolis, or with professional organization advocacy groups.)

2. Early Childhood Teacher Educator/ Researcher (will prepare candidates for doctoral study at Towson or elsewhere, for teaching in institutions of higher education or for research). Candidates will work with program director or advisor to identify specific professional goals and select electives to support those goals. Suggested elective categories may include:

  • Research methods (EDUC 715 Statistics, new EDUC courses in Qualitative
  • Methods, Advanced Qualitative or Statistical Methods.)
  • ISTC elective Course in Instructional Technology
  • ILPD elective Course in Instructional Leadership and Professional Development
  • ECED elective Course to support specialization for teacher educators
  • ECED 695 Independent Study: Research and Writing for Publication

NOTE: New EDUC course numbers have not been published at this time.

3. Early Childhood Family-Community Specialist (will prepare candidates for further work with families of young children and will also meet requirements for a Family Studies Certificate). Candidates will work with the program director or advisor as well as the program director for Family Studies to determine electives in this Area of Focus:

  • FMST 601 Applied Family Relationships
  • FMST 610 Family Professional Collaboration
  • FMST 620 Project in Family Focused Program Development
  • ECED or FMST elective or related field

4. Early Childhood Accomplished Teacher (will support candidates in preparation for NBPTS certification.) Candidates will choose four electives as needed to supplement prior coursework in order to align with NBPTS. ECED 694 Internship may focus on Mentorship or portfolio building. Candidate who did not receive the M.Ed. Towson may include one or more of the required courses for the M.Ed. Possible elective choices:

  • ECED 604 Math/Science in the Early Childhood Education Program:
  • ECED 608 Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Early Childhood Education
  • ECED 612 Conflict Resolution and Management in Programs for Young Children
  • ECED 623 The Art of Reading and Writing in Primary Grades & Kindergarten or
  • ECED 680 Celebrating Young Children: Curriculum and Best Practices in ECE
  • REEDxxx Elective in Reading
  • ISTCxxx Elective Instructional Technology
  • ILPD elective course in Instructional Leadership and Professional Development

5. Early Childhood Administrator: Public School Emphasis (building on M.Ed. coursework, will prepare candidates in public school settings to meet requirement for the Administrator I Certificate). There are six required courses for Administrator I Certificate. In addition to ECED 665 Curriculum Theory and Development (required in the M.Ed.) and ELED 797 Internship in Educational Leadership, electives in this Area of Focus will be:

  • ELED 781 Seminar in Supervision
  • ELED 716 Administration of the Schools
  • EDUC 603 School Law
  • Choice of ILPD 668 Leadership and Group Dynamics or HRD 644 Team Building