Every university approaches the application process a little differently. Regardless of your home university, admission to the ECEMS program is a two-step process:
- First, you must be admitted to the university.
- Second, you must be admitted to the program.
To be admitted to the program, you must already have completed at least 30 credits (applicable to graduation requirements) earning at least a 2.5 GPA. These hours must include a Human Lifespan Development course.
There is a lot to consider when choosing your home university. Research the following to determine which university is the best fit for you:
- Requirements and timelines for admissions and graduation.
- Any policy for students who stop-out due to unexpected life events but plan to return to the program after a semester or two.
- The degree title printed on your diploma as determined by the home university rather than the Great Plains IDEA program.
- Faculty research interests that might influence your decision.
You may transfer up to six credit hours of core course equivalents. However, you may not transfer equivalents for the Professional Development course or any practicum courses. Your home university will determine the number of credit hours from previous study that may be transferred in to meet other degree requirements.
A Practicum 1 waiver is available for those with qualifying work experience. To qualify you must:
- Be a full-time, paid lead teacher, instructional assistant, or paraprofessional
- Have one (1) or more years of experience in an early childhood setting in the last three (3) years
- Have approval of your academic advisor at your home university
- Submit forms at least 8 weeks prior to the semester in which Practicum 1 is to be completed
Contact Practicum Coordinator, Dr. Linda Sheeran, to learn more about the waiver.
The decision will be based on the supporting documentation and is made by a committee of faculty members.
Yes! Many of our students balance work, school family and fun.
Listen to ECEMS graduates Jacy Phillips and Angela Stagg explain how this program allowed her to balance all of her responsibilities.
You can also visit our Student Success Center for advice on how to manage your time, fine-tune your study skills and much more.