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Elementary Education - Early Childhood - 8 (36 semester hours)

Elementary Education teachers seeking masters' degrees may choose a degree plan that includes courses covering a wide range of topics in early school education, which will enhance the skills of those teaching in self-contained classrooms. No certification is associated with this degree plan. Students must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of one education core course and the content of two courses in their major area. One question must come from the faculty advisor and one question must come from faculty outside of the AED teaching core. Request more information about the degree or program that aligns with your career goals.

Master Comprehensive Exam Information

Degree Requirements

Core (12 semester hours)

  • CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development
      OR  CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization
  • CUIN 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society
  • FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
  • FEDU 6331 Human Growth and Development
      OR FEDU 6333 Principles of Human Learning

Major (15 semester hours selected from the following, but with no more than 6 hours from any one concentration)


  • LITY 6300 Selected Topics
  • LITY 6331 Instruction for Students with Literacy Difficulties
  • LITY 6333 Theory and Application of Writing for Globalized Learning
  • LITY 6360 Theoretical Foundations of New and Traditional Literacies
  • LITY 6362 Assessment of Multi-Literacies Learning
  • LITY 6363 New and Traditional Literacies Across the Content Areas

Social Studies

  • CUIN 6300 Selected Topics
  • CUIN 6350 Teaching the Social Studies


  • CUIN 6300 Selected Topics
  • CUIN 6336 Applications of Science Methods for Teachers
  • NOTE: Availability of courses in this program are subject to sufficient enrollment.


  • CUIN 6341 Teaching Problem Solving
  • CUIN 6342 Assessment in Mathematics
  • CUIN 6343 The Math Teacher as Leader
  • CUIN 6347 Teaching Number Concepts
  • CUIN 6348 Teaching Algebra & Geometry
  • CUIN 6349 Teaching Probability & Statistics
  • CUIN 6300 Selected Topics

Early Childhood

  • ECED 6355 Early Childhood Education
  • ECED 6357 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood
  • ECED 6358 Seminar in Early Childhood-Kindergarten
  • ECED 6359 Tests & Measurement in Early Childhood
  • NOTE: Availability of courses in this program are subject to sufficient enrollment.

Special Education

  • SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education
  • SPED 6327 Appraisal and Collaboration for Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies

Additional Requirements

  • CUIN 6305 Professional Research
  • 6 semester hours approved by faculty advisor (non-thesis option)
      OR CUIN 6308 and CUIN 6309 (thesis option)