Average time to complete: 33 months
What do you mean by "a mobile society"?
Today, children and families are increasingly mobile. This is especially true for military families, immigrant families, families who must travel to make a living, homeless families, and families living in poverty. Young children and their families need professional support from individuals who are interested in working with them in a society that is always "on the go." That person could be you.
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How does this program work?
Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society (ECEMS) is a completely online undergraduate program provided by seven universities working in collaboration. This bachelor's degree completion program will prepare you to work in early childhood settings with young children, especially those whose family members are highly mobile.
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What can I do with this degree?
When you complete the program you will be qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education in the community and on military installations. Read about how this degree can provide job security for military spouses. This degree program does not lead to licensure. Some of these programs are:
- Childcare centers and homes
- Infant/toddler and preschool programs
- Head Start programs
- Before and after-school programs for children ages birth to eight
- There are over 700 childcare facilities located on military installations around the world
"After graduation, I was hired as the preschool teacher and onsite supervisor/team leader at the center where I did my last practicum. After a year-and-a-half at that center, I became the Assistant Director as a KinderCare. I love my new position and balancing time in the classroom with administrative work."
Sunshine Huisman, ECEME student, Iowa State University
Faculty in the ECEMS program have put together informational briefs with best practices and activity ideas to use in early childhood settings.
Listen to Jacy explain how this program's flexibility allowed her to balance all of her responsibilities.
What will I learn in this program?
You will learn to:
- Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
- Recognize and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.
- Use child observation, documentation, and other forms of assessment to positively influence the development of every child.
- Design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child.
- Identify and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
- Participate in practicum experiences that provide hands-on opportunities.
Tell me more about the practicum experiences.
The ECEMS program requires three (3) practicum experiences. These placements need to be:
- In at least three (3) different settings
- With three (3) different age groups and
- With three (3) different Cooperating Teachers
Visit the course planner to see how the practicum experiences fit within the coursework.
Practicum 1 Waiver: 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 from 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.
Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society highlights:
- 30 credit hours must be previously completed.
- 51 credit hours will be completed in the program.
- There are three practicum experiences.
- This degree program does not lead to licensure.