Online Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

In the Master of Education in early childhood education program, you’ll expand your specialized knowledge and intellectual skills, examine early childhood education research and discover innovative ways to work with infants and children.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 11

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What is an MEd in early childhood education?

The early childhood education program prepares you to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of children from birth through age eight. Through applied activities and online coursework, you’ll complete research on this age group and learn about pedagogy, technology, policy and administration. Program graduates leave with the skills needed to apply knowledge and critical thinking into practice while working in the education field.

This program is ideal for students:

  • Interested in learning about early childhood education research and working with infants and children in grades K-3.
  • With a teaching certificate and a desire to further their knowledge and skills.
  • Working in an early childhood setting and looking to pursue a leadership role.
  • Pursuing future doctoral studies.

Why should I study early childhood education?

 

Young children and students need high-quality and well-trained educators to prepare them for their future. You should pursue this MEd early childhood education program if you want to understand human growth and development in early years of life and apply what you learn in various educational settings.

Students seeking teacher certification in early childhood education should pursue the Master of Education in early childhood education - teacher certification program.

What skills will I learn in this early childhood education program?

 

Throughout the MEd in early childhood education, you’ll learn how to apply advanced knowledge and possibility thinking to practical challenges to create positive change in education. You’ll also gain a wide range of specialized skills, including:

  • Knowledge of childhood development.
  • Equitable learning environments and inclusion.
  • Current trends, research and evaluation.
  • Instructional design techniques.

Professional licensure and certification

ASU academic programs are designed to prepare students to apply for applicable licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet education requirements for license or certification in another state. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Arizona, it is strongly recommended that you visit our professional licensure page for contact information of the appropriate licensing entity to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements.

Will my MEd in early childhood education say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

MEd in early childhood education courses

Throughout the early childhood education program, you’ll complete coursework on a diverse set of topics centered around working with young learners. This 30-credit program is made up of nine core courses and a capstone course, in which you’re required to complete a supervised applied project.

Please note: In order to complete all coursework, you’ll need access to children in a professional or community setting. Featured courses include:


Core

Appropriate Instructional Methodologies for Young Children


Core

Creating Equitable Learning Environment: Decision-Making & Action


Core

Educator Scholar Community III


Core

Emergent Literacy


Core

Foundations of Diversity, Human Development and the Young Child


Core

Foundations of Early Childhood Education


Core

Integrated Literacy for Young Learners


Core

Mathematics in Early Childhood Education


What can I do with an MEd in early childhood education?

Upon graduation, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to apply practical challenges and create positive change for learners, families and communities. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

After-school program administrator

Assistant teacher

Child development researcher

Child/family advocate

Children’s program manager

Curriculum designer

Early childhood specialist

Educational consultant

Home-based service provider

Learn about early childhood education from world renowned faculty

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Learn about early childhood education from world renowned faculty

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Admissions requirements for the early childhood education program:

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

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One of the best teachers colleges in the nation

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. ASU is ranked #10 in the world in the subject area of education, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Our college is ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Online Programs rankings. These peer-reviewed programmatic honors include:

#1


Curriculum and Instruction.

#1


Instructional Media.

#2


Educational Administration.

#3


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Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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