With the online Early Childhood Education program, you can earn your master's degree from the University of North Dakota without interrupting your career.
The entire Master's in Early Childhood Education program is offered online; you are notrequired to come to campus at any time.
Your transcript and diploma will look the same as for a student who graduated from UND by taking traditional, on-campus courses.
Practicum Near Your Local Community
You are required to complete a 2-credit practicum in an early childhood classroom setting for a total of 60 hours.
You will be responsible for finding an approved practicum site and the individual who will supervise you. If you are currently teaching, you may complete the practicum in your own pre-school, Kindergarten, or grade 1-3 classroom if it meets UND's accreditation requirements. Standard 4 - Diversity of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education states that:
"Field experiences or clinical practice for both conventional and distance learning programs provide experiences with male and female P–12 students from different socioeconomic groups and at least two ethnic/racial groups. Candidates also work with English language learners and students with disabilities during some of their field experiences and/or clinical practice to develop and practice their knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for working with all students. Feedback from peers and supervisors helps candidates reflect on their ability to help all students learn."
Your supervisor may be an administrator, education coordinator, or another individual physically located at your practicum site. Your supervisor does not need to be in your classroom on a regular basis if you have previously taught in an early childhood classroom.
If you are not currently teaching, UND faculty may be able to assist you in locating a qualifying practicum site.
Interact in a Virtual Classroom
As an online student, you will participate in most class activities at the time and place of your choice. You will use Web-based tools to: