Online Master of Education in Early Childhood Education – Teacher Certification

This Master of Education in early childhood education program is a great opportunity for students interested in gaining early childhood certification while learning education research and working with infants and children in grades K-3. In addition to completing a wide range of courses, online master’s in early childhood education students have the opportunity to act as a student teacher and participate in additional professional experiences.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 14

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 36

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What is the difference between an MEd in early childhood education with certification and an MEd in early childhood education?

The online master’s in early childhood education with certification equips current or aspiring educators with the coursework, skills and practical experience needed to become a certified teacher working in a public school with children pre-K and K-3.

If you aren’t seeking early childhood teacher certification or have already obtained it, ASU Online also offers an MEd in early childhood education. This program is designed for current educators looking to advance in their professional path.

What will I learn in this online teacher certification master’s program?

 

In this early childhood teacher certification program, you’ll complete coursework on a number of topics that prepare you to work with infants and young children. You’ll gain skills in areas including early childhood development and pedagogy, policy advocacy and analysis, literacy, evaluation and research. You’ll also become knowledgeable about:

  • Current trends and research in the field of early childhood education.
  • Instructional design and delivery techniques for young learners.
  • Typical/atypical early childhood development.

Additionally, to prepare you to pursue early childhood teacher certification, you’ll have hands-on opportunities to complete two internships and a student teaching placement in both pre-K and grades K-3 settings.

Is an online master’s in early childhood education worth it?

 

Yes. If you’re a current or aspiring educator looking to teach young children in a public school setting, it is well worth it to earn this master’s degree with early childhood teacher certification. The professional experiences available in this program allow you to connect what you learn in your courses to real world settings, helping to prepare you for a successful career.

Additionally, while it does vary by state, most public schools require teachers to obtain formal certification to teach grades K-3.

Professional licensure and certification

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Contact our enrollment team for more information: ASUeducation@asu.edu.

Will my early childhood teacher certification degree 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.

Early childhood teacher certification courses

The curriculum in this online master’s in early childhood education covers a number of topics necessary to prepare you to work with young children. You’ll also participate in professional experiences in settings working with learners from pre-K to grade three. In this program’s culminating experience, you’ll develop a research project that can be applied to your work in your classroom.


Core

Appropriate Instructional Methodologies for Young Children


Core

Clinical Experience: Early Childhood Internship (Ages Birth-5)


Core

Clinical Experience: Early Childhood Internship (Grades K-3)


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


What can I do with an online master's in early childhood education?

This program prepares you for a number of roles working with younger learners both in and out of the classroom. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

After school program administrator

Childcare director

Children’s program manager

Curriculum designer

Daycare manager

Education administrator

Kindergarten teacher

Preschool teacher

Teaching assistant

Expertise in early childhood education

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.

Expertise in early childhood education

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.

Online master’s in early childhood education admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. View the college's graduate program application deadlines.

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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Join one of the best colleges of education 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


Special Education.

Tuition calculator

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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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