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

Expand your expertise in applying research-based knowledge and strategies as a leader in the realm of early childhood education.

12/20/21 Next Application Due Date
01/03/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

Learn what our online MSEd in Leadership in Early Childhood Education program offers

$16,605* Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours

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 leadership in ECE 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 early childhood education 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 this online Leadership in Early Childhood Education 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.

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by Schools.com, 2020.

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Tuition

Experience the value of our cost-effective online program

The MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$369 Per Credit Hour
$16,605 Total Tuition*

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MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education Online Program Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online degree program.

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

Note: SOU credit hours are quarter hours. 45 SOU hours = 30 semester credit hours.

Fees: There is an $60 application fee and an $85 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Calendar

Our course schedule is designed for your flexibility

The MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Now Enrolling:

12/20/21 Next Application Due Date
01/03/22 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 04/05/21 03/22/21 03/29/21 03/31/21 04/09/21 05/23/21
Summer 1 06/14/21 05/31/21 06/07/21 06/09/21 06/11/21 08/01/21
Summer 2 08/02/21 07/19/21 07/26/21 07/28/21 07/30/21 09/19/21
Fall 09/27/21 09/13/21 09/20/21 10/01/21 10/01/21 11/14/21
Winter 01/03/22 12/20/21 12/27/21 12/29/21 01/07/22 02/20/22
Spring 04/04/22 03/21/22 03/28/22 03/30/22 04/08/22 05/22/22
Summer 1 06/13/22 05/30/22 06/06/22 06/08/22 06/17/22 08/21/22
Summer 2 08/01/22 07/18/22 07/25/22 07/27/22 08/05/22 09/18/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Southern Oregon University?

Admissions

Check the requirements for our online degree

The admission process for our MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education online is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for admission include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
No GRE or teaching license required for admission

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MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Early Childhood Education 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 whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 may be invited to submit additional materials for a holistic review of their application. Depending on an initial review of your application, you may be asked to provide:
    • An additional explanation of your intentions in pursuing the degree and a description of your readiness to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • Two or three letters of recommendation speaking to your ability to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • GRE scores of at least 145 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing.
  • 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 [email protected].

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.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.

Courses

Gain insights into this innovative online curriculum for leadership in ECE

The MSEd 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: 5

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: 4

Students are guided through the development of a professional portfolio. Provides students the opportunity to analyze, reflect and demonstrate their skills and expertise in their content knowledge and professional writing specific to their area of concentration. Prerequisite(s): restricted to MSEd. Graded (A-F) only.

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.

Mohammad Zamani

Mohammad Zamani

"The [MSEd online] program is flexible, but it gives you great autonomy where you are put behind the wheel.”

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.


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