The North Carolina Board of Education has approved Shaw’s proposed revisions of the school’s Masters of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.
The revisions to the program – expected to be put in place in time for the Fall 2011 semester, include a variety of provisions to focus on both best practices and on activism concerning issues surrounding early childhood education.
“These changes take an outstanding program – one of the few in the state – and make it a cutting edge program that encompasses all that Early Childhood Education truly means,” said Shaw University President Irma McClaurin. “Shaw is already a leader in the field, but this will propel us to the forefront of major discussions and developments in Early Childhood Education.”
Some of the changes will include:
- An introductory course taken in the first semester which will provide candidates with an historical, philosophical, and political background in early childhood education;
- A graduate student advisory board within the Education Department that will allow students to take part in this program change as well as ongoing curriculum reviews and meetings;
- Opportunities to intern with professional leaders in the field, including those in policy-making and advocacy positions;
- Requirement that students participate in local, state, and national organizations that represent the interests of the field;
- Requirement that candidates develop and present a Professional Portfolio (product of learning) that exemplifies understanding of research, theory, and best practices, and demonstrates each of the Master’s level teacher standards.
The Shaw graduate program is one of only five in the field of birth through kindergarten teacher education in North Carolina. Currently, four graduates of the current program are in doctoral programs.
The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education program is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 academic year. Please contact Dr. Rosalie Parrish at 919-546-2675 for applications and information.
Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational, liberal arts University that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills.