Degree Requirements (36 hours):
Core Courses (15 hours required)*
- EDN 512: Historical and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)
- EDL 509: Public Policy and Advocacy for Children and Families (3)
- EDL 554: Leadership Theory and Behavior (3)
- EDN 514 Diverse Families and Children in Communities (3)
- EDL 510 Internship in Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy (3-6 credits, at least 3 required)
Research Courses (6 credits required)
- EDL 598 Thesis I (3)
- EDL 599 Thesis II (3)
Electives (up to 15 credits required)
Courses from any of the following designations with guidance from an advisor:
- EDN, EDL, PLS (Public Administration), HEA (Health and Human Services), SWK (Social Work), and other courses approved by the advisor.
- EDL 523 Research in Education (3 credits) may serve as an elective
- EDL XXX Program Administration (3 credits)
*Students without an undergraduate course in the introduction to early childhood education may be required to take EDN 503 Introduction to Early Childhood Education. A faculty advisor will review transcripts to determine if this is required. Students enrolled in EDN 503 will complete the program with an additional 3 hours (39).
During the final term in the program, students will complete a project that may be in the form of a thesis or an action research project that focuses on a specific area of family and child advocacy. A faculty advisor will determine final approval for the project.
Fall 2014 Course Offerings (See Graduate Catalog)
- EDL 509. Public Policy and Advocacy for Children and Families (3 credits). This course covers the process for developing and establishing policies on a national, state, and local basis that influence decisions that impact children and families. It will also address global policies on young children and families for comparison with the United States. Students will develop strategies for influencing public policy and regulation through advocacy and resources available to support change.
- EDL 554. Leadership Theory & Behavior (3 credits). This course examines leadership theories and styles for the development and use of effective strategies and skills in higher education.
- Course Descriptions