College of Education

Early childhood education Certificate of Advanced Study

Certificate Requirements

Students are encouraged to maintain the C.A.S. in Early Childhood Education Checklist throughout their course of study and review it regularly with the program director.

Required Courses (18 units)

ECED 694

Internship (6)

ECED 760

Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood (3)

ECED 750

Program Development and Evaluation (3)

ECED 762

Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education (3)

ECED 764

Social Justice and Ethics: An Educational Perspective (3)

NOTE: Candidates for the Administrator I Certificate will take 3 units of ECED 694 Internship in Early Childhood Education and 3 units of ELED 797 Internship in Educational Leadership.

Electives (12 units)

Candidates will determine an Area of Focus as they begin the program and, with approval of the program director or adviser, will select four elective courses to support that area.

Areas of Focus and Recommended Electives for C.A.S. Candidates:

1. Early Childhood Advocate/Policy Specialist (will prepare candidates to act as advocates for children, families and the profession, specializing in a particular issue or area of need or developing more generalized advocacy and public policy skills). Candidates will work with program director or adviser to identify specific professional goals and select electives to support those goals. Suggested elective choices may include:

ECED 694 Internship (an additional 3 units for full-time public policy work on Capitol Hill, in Annapolis or with professional organization advocacy groups)

HRD elective or related field: Organizational and Environmental Change

ILDP 603 School Law

POSC elective or related field: Government and Legislative Processes

WMST, SOCI, ECON elective or other issue-specific elective

2.Early Childhood Teacher Educator/ Researcher (will prepare candidates for doctoral study at Towson or elsewhere, for teaching in institutions of higher education or for research). Candidates will work with program director or adviser to identify specific professional goals and select electives to support those goals. Suggested elective categories may include:

Research methods (EDUC 715 Statistics, new EDUC courses in Qualitative Methods, Advanced Qualitative or Statistical Methods)

ISTC elective course in Instructional Technology

ECED elective course to support specialization for teacher educators

ECED 695 Independent Study: Research and Writing for Publication

NOTE: New EDUC course numbers have not been published at this time.

3. Early Childhood Family Specialist (will prepare candidates for further work with families of young children and will also meet requirements for a Family-Professional Collaboration Certificate). Candidates will work with the program director or adviser as well as the program director for Family Studies to determine electives in this Area of Focus:

FMST 601 Applied Family Relationships

FMST 610 Family-Professional Collaboration

FMST 620 Project in Family Focused Program Development

ECED or FMST elective or related field

4. Early Childhood Accomplished Teacher (will support candidates in preparation for NBPTS certification.) Candidates will choose four electives as needed to supplement prior course work in order to align with NBPTS. ECED 694 Internship may focus on mentorship or portfolio building. Candidates who did not receive the M.Ed. at Towson may include one or more of the required courses for the M.Ed. Possible elective choices:

ECED 604 Math/Science in the Early Childhood Education Program

ECED 608 Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Early Childhood Education

ECED 612 Conflict Resolution and Management in Programs for Young Children

ECED 623 The Art of Reading and Writing in Primary Grades and Kindergarten
ECED 680 Celebrating Young Children: Curriculum and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education

REED xxx Elective in Reading

ISTC xxx Elective Instructional Technology

For information on all matters related to admissions, fees, or registration, please contact the Graduate School.


Early Childhood Education
Edyth Wheeler, Graduate Program Director
Hawkins Hall, Room 107B

Phone: 410-704-2460







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