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MA in Education - Early Childhood Education

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization early childhood education program is designed to prepare students for careers as educators, researchers, teachers, and administrators. Read on to learn more about this program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in early childhood education

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Master

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:

Launch your career as an expert in child development when you select the early childhood education specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree. Strengthen your skills as an educator for young people. The early childhood education specialization covers language acquisition, classroom management, and the impact of families and communities on schools. You will learn to design primary-school curricula, deliver differentiated instruction to children, and collaborate with parents and communities.

Learning Format:

Online

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.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education:

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

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 601: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • ECE 611: Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods (3 credits)
  • ECE 612: Administration of Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • ECE 625: Family & Community Engagement (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization early childhood education program could apply to doctoral programs. Doctoral degrees need not be in education; they could also be in areas like education administration and organizational leadership.

Career Paths:

Alternatively, graduates of this program could apply to jobs when they graduate. Jobs could be available at private companies like daycares, state-run organizations like schools, or even at government agencies.

Jobs graduates could pursue include:

  • Educational administrator
  • Educator
  • Private early childhood tutor

The Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in early childhood education 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.