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Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 16 months Credit Hours: 45 Tuition: $16,605* *Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Program Overview


The Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online program from Southern Oregon University empowers you to apply research and assessment tools to evaluate and advance instructional choices and educational policies for the young children of today and tomorrow.

This flexible program helps you develop holistic and ethical leadership skills so you’re ready to embrace the challenges of the modern early childhood education landscape. Become a positive influence in shaping the future of early childhood education through studies of trauma and restorative justice, multicultural family and community engagement, pedagogical leadership, and more.

This online master’s program is intended for aspiring or currently practicing administrators, managers, and advocates in the field of early childhood education. By maintaining close connections with regional organizations and employers, SOU ensures that the curriculum stays relevant and aligned with current needs in schools and the workplace.

In the MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online program, you will:

  • apply strategies in program administration, ethics, hiring practices, staff management, and parent involvement,
  • utilize holistic approaches in early childhood education such as outdoor education and nature connection, play, creative art, movement, and rhythms,
  • apply research to foster cross-cultural, developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive learning experiences for all learners, and
  • design learning as a co-created relationship between children and educators tapping into curiosity and motivation.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online, you must complete 11 courses for a total of 45 credit hours. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of Leadership in Early Childhood Education online courses, view courses.

Admissions

As an applicant for the Master of Science in Education online degree program, you must hold a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited institution, with transcripts verifying a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. A GPA below 3.0 requires a review of relevant work experience. No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.

To learn more about our MSEd degree with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

As a student in the Master of Science in Education online degree program, you can pay for each course as you enroll. There is a $60 application fee and a $75 graduation fee. Costs are the same for students in Oregon or from outside the state.

To learn more about our MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Science in Education online degree program is convenient and accessible. Before starting, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes, and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online, view calendar.

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Courses


The Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of Concentration courses.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Learners will be guided through the development of their Master’s proposal, including the IRB process. Provides learners the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration. May not be repeated for additional credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

This course is the last required class in the MSEd program where students complete the Master's project based on their approved research proposal completed in ED 531. Master's project must follow the corresponding student handbook, demonstrate evidence of scholarly study, writing, leadership, and contribute to the field of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

In this course, learners will develop skills planning, organizing, managing, and evaluating programs and facilities for young children. Learners will explore strategies in program management, ethics, including hiring practices, motivating and evaluating staff, and parent involvement. Emphasis will be placed on professional development and ethics in the field of early childhood through participation in current issues affecting the community. Learners will develop leadership and envisioning skills. Learners will be required to spend up to fifteen hours in the field.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on holistic approaches in early childhood education, incorporating outdoor education and nature connection, play, natural learning rhythms, developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), the environment as the third teacher, creative art, movement and games. Cultivation of the moral, emotional, social, physical, intellectual, creative, aesthetic, and spiritual dimensions of the teacher, developing child, family and community is central to holistic early childhood education. This course will provide an opportunity for early childhood leaders, supervisors, directors and Master’s level learners to strengthen their professional roles as innovative leaders and sensitive advocates for young children, families, and developmentally appropriate practices.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

In this course, learners will examine and develop a deeper understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures in the rapidly changing demographics of their community. Participants will re-examine their own knowledge, beliefs, values, and attitudes and build positive, strength-based, cultural asset-focused, and affirming perspectives and learn to embrace and honor the diversity that their children and families and staff bring to the program. The course will provide opportunities for learners to build a learning community that is open, safe and an inclusive place. The course will examine brain-based research to nurture cross-cultural, linguistic, contextual, and developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive learning experiences for all learners.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

In this course, learners will re-examine assumptions and habits in teaching and learning. We can no longer separate the mind from the heart and spirit in classroom and program practices. This course examines the pedagogical leader’s responsibility to help others embrace disequilibrium, discomfort and uncertainty while embracing inquiry, wonder, curiosity, and passion in their work with children and families. Learners will examine and design learning as a co-created relationship between children and educators using investigation, questioning, and understanding strengthening children’s thinking about their explorations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course examines the NEAR science model (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE’s and Resiliency) to gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact of trauma on children. The course will explore two major approaches in response to trauma in the schools, trauma-informed care and restorative justice. Learners will assess the benefits and challenges of implementing major interventions on a large scale and will work to develop the practical skills needed to influence school culture in response to trauma.

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Admissions


It's time to begin! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Science in Education online program, along with information on required documents.

MSEd Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be granted admission following a review of relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing intprogs@sou.edu.
    • Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:
      • U.S. citizen or national;
      • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.
    • Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:
      • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
      • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
      • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
      • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

Submit your transcripts electronically or send them by mail to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4-Credit Hour Per Program
MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education $369* $1,476* $16,605*

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Note: You will be charged a $75 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

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Calendar


The Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online program is structured for working professionals, and conveniently features multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that’s best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall Sept. 30, 2019 Sept. 16, 2019 Sept. 23, 2019 Sept. 25, 2019 Sept. 27, 2019 Nov. 17, 2019
Winter Jan. 6, 2020 Dec. 23, 2019 Dec. 30, 2019 Jan. 1, 2020 Jan. 3, 2020 Feb. 23, 2020
Spring Mar. 30, 2020 Mar. 16, 2020 Mar. 23, 2020 Mar. 25, 2020 Mar. 27, 2020 May 17, 2020
Summer I June 15, 2020 June 1, 2020 June 8, 2020 June 10, 2020 June 12, 2020 Aug. 2, 2020
Summer II Aug. 3, 2020 July 20, 2020 July 27, 2020 July 29, 2020 July 31, 2020 Sept. 20, 2020
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