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MS - Education : Early Childhood Education Studies

Capella University's MS in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education Studies is designed for education professionals who are interested in understanding developmentally appropriate practices for teaching young children. Read on to learn more about this master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education Studies

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in attending this program should desire to further their education in the educational field, especially specializing in early childhood development and teaching. It would be helpful, but not required, to have teaching experience in the field of early childhood education. It would also be helpful to have knowledge of how children develop as well as best practices for teaching young children. Applicants to Capella University Master of Science in Education specializing in early childhood education studies program require a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Understanding the developmental skills of a young child and the best practices for teaching young children is the main focus of Capella University's Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education Studies program. Students have the opportunity to learn how play-based learning enhances a child's individual uniqueness, while also developing the skills to effectively implement and design learning experiences for young children. During the coursework, students will have the ability to learn effective classroom management, best practices for early childhood learning environments, how families play a role in the lives of children at this age and understand the different developmental stages of children. Several courses are designed to use technology, reflective practices, and proven strategies to learn how to promote positive learning environments and help children reach their full potential.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

46 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the MS in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education Studies:

In order to complete this degree, you will have 9 required courses made up of core courses and specialization courses, as well as 2 elective courses. Please note that some of these courses have pre-requisites in order to take them. Degree programs and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • Foundations of Master's Studies in Education
  • Action Research to Enhance Practice
  • Classroom Management Strategies

Specialization Courses (26 credits)

  • Infant and Child Development
  • The Early Childhood Learning Environment
  • Exceptional Children in the Early Childhood Setting
  • Children, Families, and Society
  • Early Childhood Reading and Literacy Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education Studies Capstone

Elective Courses (8 credits)

  • Choose any graduate course(s).

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Capella University's MS in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education Studies program may be interested in pursuing a doctoral degree or an education specialist degree. Earning any of these degrees could afford students additional career choices and the opportunity for increased responsibilities in the workplace.

Degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Education Specialist (EdS) in Personalized & Competency-Based Instruction
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Educational Administration

Career Paths:

The MS in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education Studies is designed to offer hands-on academic and curriculum leadership training that is directly transferable to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to help make a difference in a child's life by understanding the ways in which they develop at an early stage. This degree program gives you an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to create the best learning environment for young children.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Early childhood specialist
  • Early childhood curriculum designer
  • Head Start program director
  • Preschool lead teachers
  • Preschool or childcare center director

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