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Committee on Academic Policy and Planning: Review of proposal for a College of Education MEd in Early Childhood Education.

The CAPP Subcommittee dedicated to three program change/addition proposals in the College of Education reviewed the proposal for a new M.Ed. program in Early Childhood Education. The subcommittee met with College of Education administrators, the Associate Dean and Dean, and the Graduate Chair of the current programs in TECS, and spoke to or met with faculty members of the Schools of Medicine and Social Work, and the Departments of Family and Consumer Sciences (CTAHR) and Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology (School of Medicine).

Following several recommended revisions of the original proposal submitted in May, 2001, which were completed in December, 2001, the subcommittee again reviewed the proposal and submitted the following resolution to CAPP, who approved the proposal at its January 17, 2002 meeting.

WHEREAS there is currently no graduate degree program in the UH system that focuses exclusively on early childhood education; and

WHEREAS there is a documented need for leaders in early childhood education in various institutions throughout the state of Hawai'i; and

WHEREAS the recently approved Pre-school/Primary area of emphasis of the M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies is oriented towards minimally age 3 and older children attending public school programs, and includes training in courses dealing with older elementary school children; and

WHEREAS the proposed Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education will be focused on the educational needs of children from birth to age 5 in home care, day care, private preschool contexts, and other settings; and

WHEREAS the proposed M.Ed. in ECE would admit students with experience and training in areas related to the psychological, social, health, and other special needs of very young children (specifically, for example, 9 credits of course work in child/family studies); and

WHEREAS this program requires advanced interprofessional training in early childhood education in both core and elective courses; and

WHEREAS the Faculty Senate of the College of Education, the Graduate Council, and the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Planning have all positively reviewed this proposal; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Manoa Faculty Senate recommends that the proposed M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education be approved, and that this recommendation be forwarded to the DH Administration for prompt approval and action.

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