The Early Childhood Education master's degree program provides educational professionals with the theory and practice to become leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education. Learn different curricula, issues, trends, teaching methods, research and leadership roles.
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Courses in this program will be offered using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system and online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Courses meeting in the fall and spring semesters are taught in eight-week modules on Monday evenings. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.
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Or elective approved by the early childhood division coordinator
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $486 per unit of graduate credit or $302 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
Research findings demonstrate that students of all types of learning styles can succeed in a distance environment. View our tips for being a successful distance learner.
The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-5970, 800-648-3864 or email@example.com with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an introduction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
Designed for licensed early childhood classroom teachers holding one of the Iowa Early Childhood Endorsements. Students will deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process and develop professionally in four major areas: Application of Knowledge, Understanding Theory of Practice, Leadership and Scholarship.
No, students must apply to the UNI Graduate College for admission to a master's degree program.
No. This program is designed for graduate students who hold a recognized teaching license. There is no licensure attached to this graduate degree.
However, additional coursework is available to attain Iowa unified teaching license in Endorsement 100, birth through third grade with Special Education.
Please complete the online interest form to the right to express your interest in joining a future Early Childhood Education MAE cohort. The next cohort is scheduled to begin Summer 2017. We will use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about application deadlines as they become available.
We encourage you to apply for admission to graduate studies through the University of Northern Iowa as soon as possible. Applications are due by June 1, 2017.
Former UNI students: The online application requires logging in with your CatID credentials. If you have forgotten your username or passphrase, contact us at CESP-Consult@uni.edu or 800-772-1746 and let us know that you are interested in applying for the Early Childhood Education MAE program.
Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance. Additional resources are also available from the UNI Graduate College.
When your application for graduate study is complete, you will receive confirmation from UNI Admissions staff that they have received and forwarded your application and transcripts to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for review.
The department will review your application materials and contact you about your admission status. Following admission to the program, you will receive information about how to enroll in the first set of courses.
Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.