The Online Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development in Birth-Kindergarten (B-K ISED) Program:
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We offer four online options for graduate study in birth through kindergarten:
1) For those holding the initial B-K teaching license: M.Ed (BKISED) program, 37 hours (see below)
2) For those holding a teaching license but not in B-K: M.Ed (BKISED) program + 4hrs B-K student teaching = 41 hours
3) For those with no teaching license at all: Graduate B-K Licensure Certificate (20 hrs) + remainder of M.Ed (24 hrs)= 44 hours
4) For those who do not want a B-K teaching license, the Leadership in Early Care and Education Certificate, 18 hours
The Department of HDFS and the Department of Specialized Education Services (SES) in the School of Education jointly offer an online Master of Education (non-thesis, Advanced Masters) degree program in "Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development in Birth-Kindergarten" (BK-ISED). This program is fall admission only. The BK-ISED program prepares graduate students for diverse roles in educational and community settings. The program calls for a minimum of 37 semester hours of course work beyond the Baccalaureate degree. Students will complete a capstone project and a portfolio towards the end of their program. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be eligible for an advanced competency license in birth-kindergarten. Core and elective course requirements are listed below.
The BK:ISED Graduate Student Handbook assists students by providing information necessary for successful completion of the advanced master's program in Birth-Kindergarten: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development. All students are encouraged to read it carefully for the philosophy and objectives of the program as well as various types of practical information.
The final deadline for applying to the BK:ISED program or the LECE Certificate program is May 1. Applications will begin to be reviewed in the early spring and final decisions about the applicants will be made by mid July. If you are a VISIONS student who is interested in taking BKISED or LECE courses, please contact the course instructor to see if space is available. VISIONS students MUST have instructor permission to enroll in HDF courses. Priority in course enrollment will be given to BKISED, LECE and BKIL students.
It is expected that all admitted students will have general teaching competencies and hold an initial B-K teaching license or an initial teaching license in another field of education. Those with initial teaching licenses in other fields of education must satisfy prerequisite requirements and complete eight (8) weeks of student teaching. The student teaching course is taught during the summer. Because differing backgrounds produce gaps in basic skills for some applicants, it is occasionally required that additional academic work be completed before some students enter the program. Prerequisite credits may not be applied toward the M.Ed. degree unless they are BK:IL program courses. Prerequisite requirements must be satisfied as early as possible in the program. The BK:ISED program begins with an orientation and review of the student’s records through individual advising. The BK Graduate Program Committee approves any transfer credit. Deficiencies related to essential foundations in certain areas, as well as prior experiences, are identified. The BK Graduate Program Committee specifies the prerequisite courses that will be required. The minimum areas include:
- Child or human development
- Basic knowledge of children with disabilities
- Student teaching (8 weeks required if your license is in an area other than B-K)
- Other requirements as identified by the admissions committee.
Courses Required for the M.Ed. Degree (37 semester hours total)
Course work related to Theory and Practice (19 s.h.)
SES 601 Introduction to Inclusive Birth–Kindergarten Services
SES 602 Inclusive Family-Centered Practices in Early Childhood
SES 603 Screening/Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood Services
HDF/SES 606 Preschool-Kindergarten Learning in Inclusive Settings
HDF 636 Leadership & Mentoring in Educating Young Children
HDF 633 Advanced Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
Course work related to Research (6 s.h.)
HDF 650 Theory & Research in Early Childhood Development
ERM 604 Methods of Educational Research
Practicum (6 s.h.)
SES 604 Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood
Possible Electives (6 s.h.)
HDF/SES 607 Infant-Toddler Learning in Inclusive Settings
HDF 610 Child Development in Cultural Context
HDF 621 Advanced Theories and Principles of Parenting
HDF 634 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Policy
HDF 653 Contemporary Research in Family Studies
HDF 666 Intellectual Development in Young Children
HDF 665 Social and Emotional Development
HDF 667 Infant Development
SES 543 Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs
SES 605 Diversity and Inclusive Early Care and Education
SES 643 Issues in Education Individuals with Special Needs
SES 647 Consultation in Education: Theory, Research, Practices
SES 662 Assistive Technology for Inclusive Education
SES 657 Introduction to Behavior Disorders
Or other courses approved through discussion between advisor and student.
** Because of inter-state agreements about online programs, we unfortunately can only accept applicants from NC, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.