Degree Requirements (36 hours):

Core Courses (15 hours required)*

  • EDN 512: Historical and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • EDL 522: Public Policy and Advocacy for Children and Families (3)
  • EDL 554: Leadership Theory and Behavior (3)
  • EDN 521 Diverse Families and Children in Communities (3)
  • EDN 510 Internship in Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy (3-6 credits, at least 3 required)

Research Courses (6 credits required)

  • EDN 551: Advocacy Research Project I (3)
  • EDN 567: Advocacy Research Project II (3)

Electives (up to 15 credits required)

Courses from any program with a 500 or higher number may be taken as an elective with advisor approval.

Students participating in scholarship programs may have other requirements. Check with the program advisor for other requirements.

Students without an undergraduate course in the introduction to early childhood education may be required to take EDN 503. A faculty advisor will review transcripts to determine if this is required. If this course is required, it will count as an elective.

Exit Requirement:

During the final term in the program, students will complete an action research project that focuses on a specific area of family and child advocacy. A faculty advisor will be assigned to determine final approval for the project.