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  • Early Childhood Education

    Graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Early Childhood Education prepare future educators for leadership roles in education including serving as master classroom teachers, college or university faculty, staff specialists in public or private school systems, and in governmental or professional organizations. Our teacher education program is a model service-learning program for the entire state of Florida and is recognized for the quality and preparation of our graduates.

    We offer master’s (online and on-campus), specialist, and doctoral degrees.

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    In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:

    • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
    • A master’s or specialist degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned master’s or specialist degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted.
    • GRE test scores. Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): http://www.ets.org/. FSU Institution Code: 5219.

    M.S. and Ed.S. Applicant Target Scores:
    Verbal – 146+
    Quantitative – 140+

    Ph.D. Applicant Target Scores:
    Verbal – 151+
    Quantitative – 145+
    Writing – 3+

    The Educational Testing Service (ETS) do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.

    • Language proficiency test (international students only)– FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5) and MELAB (minimum 77).
    • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions. The address for submitting transcripts is:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    For this program, applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:

    • Statement of purpose – should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications and long-term career goals.
      • At least one (1) page for M.S. and Ed.S. applicants
      • At least two (2) pages for Ph.D. applicants
    • Letters of recommendation
      • Two (2) for M.S. and Ed.S. applicants
      • Three (3) for Ph.D. applicants
    • One page resume/curriculum vitae
    • Writing Sample – it is acceptable to submit a paper used in another class or one that was published.

     

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    Master’s and specialist programs:

    • Fall Admissions: July 1
    • Spring Admissions: November 1
    • Summer Admissions: March 1

    Doctoral program:

    • Fall Admissions: December 1: Early Consideration Deadline, March 1: Final Admissions Deadline
    • Spring Admissions: November 1
    • Summer Admissions: March 1

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    Master’s Degree

    The C & I degree requires a minimum of 32 credit hours. All students completing the C&I degree must complete either a classroom-based action research project OR pass the comprehensive exam.

    Core Program Categories (taken by all masters candidates)- 12-15 semester credit hours

    • Curriculum (3 Semester Credit Hours)
      • This category addresses critical issues of PK-12 curriculum. A broad range of scope, sequence, and integration issues would include: 1.) The historical, philosophical, psychological, and social foundations upon which curriculum is constructed; 2.) The development and use of national and state standards; and 3.) Applications in contemporary design (aims, goals, implementation, and assessment alternatives).
    • Teaching and Learning (3 Semester Credit Hours)
      • This category addresses considerations and decisions addressing the needs of learners, selection of teaching methods, and the social interactions necessary to enhance the quality of the learning environment. Tenets of learning theory applied as best practice (e.g., Universal Design for Learning, Response to Intervention, et. al.) would be represented in this core category.
    • Instructional Technology (3 Semester Credit Hours)
      • This category addresses considerations, decisions, and critical issues relevant to enhancing instructional effectiveness and efficiency through the use of web tools, social media, and immersive environments, productivity tools, project-based learning, et al. Consideration is also given to effective online/asynchronous teaching and learning best practices.
    • Research and Scholarship (3-6 Semester Credit Hours)
      • This category broadly addresses the interpretation, use, and conduct of research. Masters candidates will design studies, collect relevant information in a field-based environment, and interpret results that lead to instructional improvement and enhanced student achievement. Candidates specifically interested in continuing studies at the doctoral level will, in addition, complete EDF 5481 (Methods of Educational Research, 3 SCH).

    Major (18-21 Semester Credit Hours)
    Specialization courses in Early Childhood Education

    Specialist Degree

    The Specialist in Early Childhood Education Program of Study is individually planned in conjunction with the major professor and the student’s supervisory committee with course work emphasis in the areas listed below. A minor is suggested.

    • Theory base for childhood education
    • Evaluation
    • Curriculum
    • Instruction
    • Special field experience
    • Practicums
    • Directed research
    Doctoral Degree

    The Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education is individually planned in conjunction with the major professor and the student’s supervisory committee with course work emphasis in the areas listed below. A minor is suggested.

    • Research
    • Theory base for childhood education
    • Evaluation
    • Curriculum
    • Instruction
    • Special field experience
    • Practicums
    • Directed research

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    Curriculum choices in our master’s and specialist programs are designed to enable students to become teacher leaders, college instructors, as well as curriculum specialists, state testing specialists and textbook company representatives. Doctoral program graduates are prepared to become university professors, researchers and leaders in the field.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job outlook for teachers is expected to grow 7 percent through 2020. The job outlook for instructional leaders/coordinators is expected to grow up to 20 percent through 2020. That translates into over 200,000 new jobs nationwide. The median national annual salary range for these job classifications is $53,230 to $58,830 per year. For university or college professors, the Bureau predicts a 17% increase in jobs by 2020; totaling 305,700 jobs in the 2010-2020 time span. The median national salary is $62,050 per year.

    A career in education can be very rewarding, and a typical path offers ample opportunities for professional development and growth. Educators make a difference in the lifelong learning experience of their students, as well as, the quality and standards of the programs they teach.

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