Designed to add kindergarten through third grade to a teacher's elementary licensure, this master’s program consists of 33 hours of graduate study—12 hours in the education core and 18 hours in early childhood courses, concluding in the Master’s Seminar. The program may be completed in approximately two years including summer study. Courses in the concentration focus on the behavior of young children and curriculum and teaching methods appropriate for various ages from infants through early primary years. Particular attention is given to meeting the special needs of young children with diverse abilities.​

This concentration is for teachers who have met South Carolina Department of Education requirements for licensure in elementary education.

Degree Requirements

Core (9 credits of required study) 
  • EDFD 604: Statistics and Measurement in Education (3)
  • EDFD 606: Research in Education (3)
  • EDFD 608: The Culture of Schooling in America (3)
Concentration (21 credits of required study)

  • EDEC 640: Caregiving and Learning: The Infant and Toddler Years (3)
  • EDEC 641: Teaching and Learning: The Preschool Years (3)
  • EDEC 642: Teaching and Learning: The Early Primary Years (3)
  • EDEC 746: Methods and Materials for Educating Young Children with Diverse Abilities (3)
  • ECEC 960: Practicum in Teaching the Young Child (3)
  • Electives: Approved by graduate advisor (6)
Exit Requirement (3 credits of required study)

  • EDFD 879: Master's Seminar in Education (3)

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