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MA in Education - Child Development

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in child development program is designed to prepare students for careers as early childhood educators, teachers, and administrators. Read more about the Master of Arts in Education with a child development specialization here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in child development

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must have an accredited Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.0 GPA and must fulfill the English Language Requirement.

Program Description:

Tailor your teaching to children at all levels. Choose the child development specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to build awareness and understanding of the natural milestones in child development. The child development specialization allows you to examine developmentally appropriate methods for teaching young children. You will learn to establish partnerships with families and communities, customize instruction for specific learners, and identify developmental levels in education.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

Ashford University offers students several payment options, including cash plans, employer tuition reimbursement, direct employer billing, and military tuition assistance. Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Child Development:

Course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Education Requirements

To be awarded the Master of Arts in Education degree, students must complete all courses with a 3.00 minimum cumulative GPA.

Core Requirements

  • EDU 650: Teaching, Learning, & Leading in the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 645: Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 620: Meeting Individual Student Needs with Technology (3 credits)
  • EDU 671: Fundamentals of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDU 639: Human Relationships & Learning in the Multicultural Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 673: Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 675: Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 695: Master of Arts in Education Capstone (3 credits)

Specialization Requirements

  • ECE 630: Language, Physical & Social Development in Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECE 653: Cognitive Development of Infants & Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECE 654: Assessment & Intervention in Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • ECE 605: Children & Families in a Diverse Society (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in child development program who are interested in working as professors, researchers, or administrators could pursue a doctoral degree in education, administration, global development, or leadership. Earning a doctoral degree could provide students with the qualifications needed for an advanced teaching, research, or administrative position in the field.

Doctoral degrees that graduates could pursue include:

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Global Training and Development
  • Doctor of Special Education
  • Doctor of Educational Psychology
  • Doctor of Education Policy or Leadership

Career Paths:

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in child development program is designed to prepare enrolled students for employment in teaching or educational administration. Possibilities that graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Early childhood development specialist
  • Elementary or middle school teacher
  • School administrator
  • Education outreach
  • Pre-school owner or administrator

*The Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in child development program is not intended to prepare students for professional licensure or certification of any kind. Students interested in seeking professional licensing or certification should research requirements before enrolling in the program.

Additionally, residents of Washington State are advised to contact both the state superintendent and their individual district as to whether this program will be endorsed.

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