Master of Arts in Teaching (Early Childhood / Childhood Education) Curriculum

Specific Admissions Requirements
Admissions criteria are as follows:
  • An earned Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences subject or Interdisciplinary Field from a CHEA or USDE- accredited College or University. Submission of a certified copy of the transcript is required.
  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average, or its equivalent, in the program leading to the baccalaureate degree.
  • Completion of the Olivet University Application Form.
  • Two recommendations from persons who can attest to the applicant’s strong Christian character, potential for effectiveness in Christian teaching, and the scholastic ability and emotional maturity to handle a higher education experience.
  • A written essay, approximately 1200-1500 words in length, describing their personal faith in Jesus Christ and their reason for becoming a teacher. Applicants must also submit their admission essay describing their reason for applying to the University and their study plan.

The Masters of Arts in Teaching degree is offered in collaboration with Olivet Academy, Olivet University’s K-12 school co-located the University Campuses. Designed for Olivet Academy teachers, teacher assistants, and teacher aides who are not licensed educators, the program is offered in an evening/weekend format to maximize the integration of core curricular studies and theory with practical application and professional reflection. Students are required to work at Olivet Academy as teachers, teacher assistants, or teacher aids throughout the course of their study.

(I) Introductory Studies 15 units
ECCE 500 Applying Theories of Child Development and Learning 5 units
ECCE 501 Theoretical Foundations of Educational Approaches 4 units *
ECCE 502 Designing Curriculum and the Learning Environment 5 units
ECCE 503 Christian Philosophy of Education 5 units
(II) Pedagogical Studies 26/22 units
ECCE 510 Investigations into Child Study and Assessment 5 units
ECCE 511 Exploring Art and Movement 4 units
ECCE 512 Fostering Literacy Development 5 units
ECCE 520 Enhancing Scientific Habits of Mind 4 units
ECCE 521 Developing Mathematical Thinking 4 units
ECCE 522 Enriching Literacy Development through Information Texts 4 units
(III) Culminating Studies 13 units
ECCE 530 Differentiating Instruction for Developmental Variations 4 units
ECCE 531 Facilitating Language Acquisition and learning 4 units
ECCE 532 Partnering with Families and Communities 5 units
ECCE 533 Data and Research 5 units *
ECCE 534 Theory and Practice of Counseling 5 units *
ECCE 535 Learning and Motivation in Classroom Contexts 5 units *
(IV) General Ministry Skills 0 unit

The M.A. in Teaching students are required to pass 2 quarters of PRAC020 Christian Service and 3 quarters of PRAC021 Chapel*. Please refer to the Christian Service Program Handbook for more detailed information.

* Onsite students are required to pass PRAC021 every term that they are enrolled.

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