The Master of Education in early childhood education degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credits in an approved program of study.
To fulfill the degree requirements, the student must complete the planned program of 36 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher within the six-year time period allowed for the degree.
Level II (12 credits)
All courses in Level I must be completed before moving on to Level II.
Note: For M.Ed. in early childhood education with ZS endorsement, EC 6960 - Practicum in Early Childhood (2 credits), is also required for a total of 38 credits for the degree.
Satisfactory academic progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.
Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.
Good academic standing
All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.
Good academic standing is a requirement for:
- Holding a Graduate Assistantship
- Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
- Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
- Going on a leave of absence
- Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.
Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.
Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.
Related program information
Plan of study
All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will complete to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.
Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility section of this catalog.)
Note: Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.
Early Childhood Education Endorsement
Endorsements generally refer to any content areas or specializations that are added to a teaching certificate following successful completion of a planned program for professional certification. Only those individuals who hold an elementary teaching certificate are eligible for an endorsement in early childhood education.
The rubric for the early childhood endorsement has been changed from ZA to ZS by the State of Michigan. The ZS endorsement program in early childhood education requires 26 credits and includes both coursework and practicum experience. The ZS offered at Oakland University has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education as meeting ZS requirements.
The Early Childhood endorsement (ZS) requires six courses in Level 1 of the M.Ed. plus a 2-credit state-mandated practicum (EC 960). The students in the M.Ed. program may apply for the endorsement upon completion of Level 1 requirements, plus the practicum, and successful completion of the state competency exam. Students may also complete coursework and practicum for the ZS endorsement only independent of the master’s degree.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Apply to the Office of Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Applications will not be sent to departments for admission review until they are complete.
- July 15 for fall semester
- November 15 for winter semester
- May 15 for summer semester
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department application requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Supplemental Application Form
- Requirements for recommendations
The two recommendation forms must be from those who can attest to the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study.
- Copy of current (or most recent) teaching certificate
- Goal statement, which includes the reason for application, the intended focus of graduate study, a description of professional experiences and accomplishments, and professional and career goals
Relationship to the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
The endorsement is attained through completion of Level 1 courses, plus a 2-credit state-mandated practicum (EC 6960) and the ZS test. Only students who hold an elementary teaching certificate are eligible for the ZS endorsement.