Graduate Program in Education
The Division of Education, Social Work, and Child Development offers the Master of Science in Early Childhood Education. The program of study provides a planned, cohesive sequence of advanced study courses that are a logical extension of coursework pursued at the undergraduate level. Graduates of the program have gone on to develop distinguished careers as master teachers, school administrators, and leaders in the field of early childhood education.
Program Learning Outcomes
Shaw University is committed to providing educational
opportunities for a diverse population of learners. In alignment with the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards for graduate programs in education, the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education program outcomes are to prepare teachers
and leaders who will:
- Assume the roles and responsibilities of collaborative leaders in schools and communities;
- Model leadership by establishing a positive and productive environment for a diverse population of students, their families, and the community;
- Have a deep knowledge of the subjects they teach and understanding of curriculum theory and development;
- Facilitate student learning through evidence-based practice informed by research;
- Contribute to systematic, critical analysis of learning in their classrooms and beyond.
Conceptual Framework Theme
To produce graduates who are critical-thinking problem solvers with the knowledge, pedagogical and technological skills, and professional dispositions needed to function as effective teachers and leaders in a diverse world.
Program of Study
The primary target audience for the graduate program consists of
practicing or aspiring teachers and leaders in the field of education. The
graduate program provides two concentrations:
- Concentration I: Early Childhood Administration prepares those
who want to obtain leadership roles in the Early Childhood Education field and
do not desire to teach at the preschool level.
- Concentration II:
Birth-Kindergarten Education prepares those who want to continue to
teach preschool in the public school arena and obtain their initial or advanced
Both concentrations would
require 33 credit hours; 36 credit hours
would be required for candidates who need to take the student teaching courses
in order to obtain an initial teaching license.
Because many graduate students are employed full-time,
our program offers online and hybrid courses (51% online; 49% face-to-face).
In order to obtain unconditional admission, the applicant must meet or exceed the following criteria:
- An undergraduate grade
point average of 3.0 from an accredited institution of higher education.
- A minimum of two years
of documented relevant educational or professional experiences in an early
childhood education setting.
- Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) scores on the aptitude section that are acceptable to the Graduate
- A TOEFL score of at
least 500 if the applicant is an international student.
- A successful interview
with the Graduate Program Committee.
- Must provide two
letters of recommendation (one professional reference must be from a present or
|Applicants living in the U. S. & U. S. Citizens:
|For fall semester admission - April 1
For spring semester admission - October 31
For summer session admission - April 1
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The teacher education programs at Shaw University are not designated as low-performing by the State under Section 208(a).
Course of Study
The Master of Science
in Early Childhood Education (Birth through Kindergarten) requires a minimum of
33-36 credit hours, depending upon whether or not students are seeking an
initial teaching license.
Request application materials from:
Paula Moten-Tolson, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator
Division of Education, Social Work and Child Development
118 E. South Street | Raleigh, North Carolina 27601