The program is designed to develop graduate level competencies relating to each of four Core Program Standards. Student Learning Outcomes from the Graduate Division of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and key assessments are embedded in core coursework to allow students to demonstrate competencies relevant to four Core Program Standards. All students are required to demonstrate competency in the Core Program Standards. In addition, students are encouraged to selectively focus on developing competency in additional Program Standards during their MEd ECE Program based on the kuleana they identify.
Standard I: Child Development
MEd ECE graduates are knowledgeable about the developmental needs of young children from the prenatal period to eight years of age. As professionals who care about children achieving their maximum potential, they use that knowledge to effectively create programs that support children’s optimal development and to effectively employ strategies that engage and empower families in an ethical and culturally sensitive manner.
Standard II: The Field of Early Childhood Education and Care
MEd ECE graduates are knowledgeable about current issues and trends in early childhood care and education. As professionals who care about the larger needs of the community, they use that knowledge to effectively provide ethical and culturally sensitive, place-based leadership and advocacy with regard to policy decision-making, government agencies, and their own programs.
Standard III: Professionalism
MEd ECE candidates are knowledgeable about what it means to be a professional in the field of early childhood education. As professionals who care about the field, they work effectively in collaboration with families and other professionals to provide services in an ethical, caring and culturally sensitive manner. Candidates identify with and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession. They know and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
Standard IV: Research
MEd ECE graduates are knowledgeable about the role of research in the field of early childhood education. As professionals who care about using research-based strategies and methods, they effectively reflect on their current practice and initiate their own research projects. They critically analyze, and apply current educational research to the children, families and communities they serve.