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University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Foundations of Education, Nature-Based Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.

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MEd in Foundations of Education: Nature-Based Early Childhood Education
 AU New England
Credits for Degree: 33 semester credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Online, classroom
Standard time to completion: 28 months

Program Overview

The Nature-Based Early Childhood Education concentration program trains teachers, administrators, and founders of nature preschools and forest kindergartens. The forest kindergarten movement has been thriving in Europe for the last three decades and has recently taken root in the United States. Simultaneously, there has been a growing number of nature preschools in the United States. Both nature preschools and forest kindergartens have a uniquely different approach to curriculum than conventional indoor early childhood programs.

This program can be completed in 5-7 semesters. Students may begin in the Summer or Spring semester. Some classes are offered online and some classes are face-to-face in Keene, NH on selected Fall and Spring weekends, and for weeklong intensives in July. Students typically take 3-6 credits per term.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Plan of Study

To earn the M.Ed. in Foundations of Education with Nature-Based Early Childhood Concentration, students must successfully complete a total of 33 credits as outlined below.

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