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Early Childhood Educator Laurel Bongiorno Leads New Champlain College Graduate Program
By Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain News
BURLINGTON, Vt. – A new Champlain College master’s degree in early childhood education (M.Ed) began earlier this fall under the direction of program director Laurel Bongiorno. This is the eighth graduate program for Champlain, combining the convenience of 24/7 online courses and face-to-face learning in one short residency experience.
“With each passing year, the bar is being raised in early childhood education regarding which credentials are required to fulfill the different roles and responsibilities,” explained Bongiorno, who has been a full-time faculty member in Champlain’s education program for more than 12 years.
“While an increasing number of states require higher levels of education for early childhood educators, the offerings for graduate-level degree programs that can be achieved while still working full time are virtually non-existent,” she noted. Additionally, there is a demand for professional administration of early childhood programs—yet few degrees exist specifically oriented toward management. The inaugural class was made up of 20 students from Texas to Germany.
There are three start points per year in September, January and May. Graduation requires 36 credit hours and a residency, usually being completed in one and a half years. Applications are accepted year round. To begin in January 2012, applications are due Dec. 9. Visit www.champlain.edu/med for more information.