Early Childhood Education P-3 (Master of Science in Education)

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year in fall, spring, and summer. 

Application Materials Required for the MSE in Early Childhood Education P-3

Applicants for a master’s degree education program must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Admissions to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama, 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree awarding institution and all transcripts from institutions where post-baccalaureate work has been completed. To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a degree from a institutionally accredited institution or its foreign equivalent. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.) 
  4. Valid Bachelor’s-level professional educator certificate in Early Childhood Education P-3. ALL certificate(s) must be valid throughout the program and at graduation.
  5. Background check1. Any candidate applying for admission to a state approved teacher education program shall be required to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check through the Alabama State Department of Education to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Instructions for completing the background process can be found here.
  6. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.

Admission Requirements for the MSE in Early Childhood Education P-3

Applicants are admitted on a selective basis by the faculty members of the program, upon review of the completed application package.

 With departmental approval, applicants may be permitted to enroll for one semester of graduate coursework while completing general application procedure requirements. Applicants must achieve unconditional admission within one semester. 

Minimum Requirements for the MSE in Early Childhood Education P-3

An overall 3.25 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the master’s degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.25.

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Education degree may not count 400-level graduate courses toward the degree. All coursework for the Master of Science in Education must be taken at the 500-level. 

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
EED 509Advanced Twenty-First Century Teaching and Learning3
EED 550Diversity in Today's Classroom3
EED 554Integrating STEM and STEAM Into Practice3
EFD 500Research in Education3
RDG 546Multicultural Literature3
Teaching Field Requirements
ECE 513Individualization of Education for Young Children3
ECE 530Practicum for Young Children3
ECE 540Intervention in the Early Childhood Classroom3
ECE 545Literacy Interventions in the Early Childhood Classroom3
RDG 538Teaching Reading in ECE3
Diversity Requirement
SPE 500Survey Course in Special Education 13
or EED 548 Materials and Methods for the Multicultural Classroom
or RDG 530 Methods and Materials for Reading: Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the Inclusive Setting
or SPE 532 Methods and Strategies for Enrichment: Teaching Gifted Students in the Inclusive Classroom
Total Hours33

 33 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Graduation and Comprehensive Exam

No comprehensive exam is required for this degree. All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.

Completion of this program leads to eligibility for Master’s-level professional educator certification in Early Childhood Education P-3.

Please Note: Teacher education programs are approved by the Alabama State Board of Education and are, therefore, subject to periodic revision resulting from changes in State certification requirements. Subsequently, modifications in students’ programs may become necessary. Students in all graduate level teacher education programs must schedule their coursework each semester with approval of their faculty advisors.

Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certification Requirements

Issuance of Alabama professional educator certificates is the legal responsibility of the Alabama State Department of Education. Universities cannot issue a professional certificate. To be eligible to apply for certification, a student must complete an appropriate program of study at a college or university which has been approved by the State Board of Education to offer a program leading to the desired certificate. When a student completes the program of study, the institution recommends to the State Department of Education that the appropriate certificate be issued.

  1. Alabama State Department of Education regulations are subject to change; therefore, it is recommended that students apply for certification upon graduation. During their last semester of coursework, students should contact the Certification Office of the Department of Accreditation, Certification and Partnership Initiatives, CEPS Complex, Pod 4, Room 405, for information about this process. The university cannot recommend any student for certification who has not satisfied all state and university requirements for admission to and completion of an approved program. 
  2. Recommendation for certification must be made within 60 months of program completion. Recommendation after 60 months requires completion of current program requirements.