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Master of Education - Early Childhood Education

The Master of Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program is designed to explore child care and instruction strategies for working with infants through 8-year-olds. Continue reading for more information regarding this Northcentral University program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

This program is designed for existing educators as well as individuals seeking to understand instructional tactics aimed at motivating young children. Previous courses in lesson plan development, cultural diversity, or leadership may prove helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Participants enrolled in this program have the chance to learn about the various cognitive and bodily growth stages in early childhood. They have the opportunity to learn techniques for creating age-appropriate lessons as well as developmentally-appropriate ones geared toward exceptional needs students. More specifically, students will have the chance to learn to develop curricula centering on social skills promotion, speech and language acquisition, and reading comprehension. The program is designed to cover organizational standards and industry regulations. However, completion of this program may not lead to professional licensure; individuals interested in obtaining professional credentials should check with appropriate governing authorities.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Master of Education Foundation Courses (15 credits)

  • EDU 5000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • ED 5022: Educational Policies and Practices
  • ED 5001: Contemporary Issues in Education
  • ED 5034: School Community Relations
  • ED 5023: Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations

Early Childhood Education Requirements (12 credits)

Students select four from the following courses:

  • ECE 5001: Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 5002: Growth and Development of Young Children
  • ECE 5003: Administration of Early Childhood Programs
  • ECE 5005: Children and Families in a Diverse Society
  • ECE 5007: Children's Literature
  • ECE 5009: Early Childhood Education Capstone

Master of Education Capstone (3 credits)

  • ED 6003: PK-12 Specialization Action Research Capstone

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

A Master of Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education degree could allow existing educators an opportunity to undertake a wider variety of responsibilities and potentially qualify for career advancement. Graduates could also continue their training to pursue a higher-level degree, which could allow them to gain additional knowledge of a related instructional subfield. Additionally, an advanced degree program could better prepare graduates to become erudite researchers, professors, or administrators.

Relevant degree programs that graduates could choose to enroll in include, but are not limited to:

  • Education Specialist
  • Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Career Paths:

After completing this Northcentral University program, graduates could be able to work with nursery centers, day cares, preschools, primary schools, camps, or community organizations. Professionals in the early childcare field may undertake tasks in curriculum development, student assessment, or teacher-parent collaboration.

Graduates of this program may be able to seek opportunities as:

  • Early childcare center instructors
  • Elementary school educators
  • Preschool directors

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