Concordia’s Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with an Early Childhood ZS (General and Special Education) Endorsement program prepares teachers who are able to support and advance every child’s growth and well-being by strengthening candidates’ readiness to:

Create and maintain healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments that support children’s physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, spiritual, and aesthetic development.
Develop positive relationships and supportive interactions with and among all children and their families. Understand and affirm the diversity of children’s development, interests, ability levels, home settings, cultural backgrounds and language.
Develop positive relationships and supportive interactions with and among all children and their families. Understand and affirm the diversity of children’s development, interests, ability levels, home settings, cultural backgrounds and language.
Design, implement and evaluate developmentally-appropriate curriculum that integrates central concepts and tools of inquiry from across disciplines and promotes comprehensive learning outcomes for all children.
Plan and use developmentally appropriate assessment practices, in partnership with families and other professionals, to plan instruction; to support, document, and report student growth and needs; and to ensure program quality.
Identify and utilize appropriate technologies to support children’s development and learning, manage administrative tasks, and foster communication with families and other stakeholders.
Recognize and respond in appropriate ways to signs of emotional distress, child abuse, neglect and/or illness in children.
Establish respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and involve them in decisions regarding their children’s development and learning.  Partner and communicate effectively with parents, other professionals, and community agencies to support children's development, learning, and well-being.
Articulate an understanding of the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of the early childhood profession and how these foundations influence current thought and practice. Demonstrate awareness of and commitment to the profession's code of ethical conduct.
Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of administration, organization, and operation of early childhood programs. Serve as informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies, improved quality of programs and services, and enhanced professional status and working conditions for early childhood educators.

Practicum or Internship Requirement

This program requires a 2-credit practicum to be completed with young children ages 3-5 years old.

Coursework

  • Social Foundation of Early Childhood Education
  • Planning Curriculum & Instruction for Young Children
  • Assessment for Young Children         
  • Learning Through Creative Expression in Early Childhood
  • Teaching the Exceptional & Diverse Young Child
  • Math & Science for Young Children
  • Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Education
  • Parent, School, Family & Community Partnerships in Early Childhood  
  • Early Childhood Education Program Administration
  • Early Childhood Practicum  
  • Methods of Research in Education
  • Guided Research