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Master of Science in Early Childhood Education / Birth-Grade 2

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education in the Birth to Grade 2 specialization prepares educators to influence children’s growth, development, and learning as the infants, toddlers, and young children learn about the world.  The curriculum helps candidates understand, explain, analyze, and apply major theories and philosophies that address physical, affective, and cognitive development during the critical early childhood years.  The program teaches candidates to create high-quality, meaningful learning opportunities that are based on competencies and content knowledge, utilize developmental knowledge, employ formal and informal assessment strategies, and to incorporate collaboration with all aspects of the broad school community to facilitate developmental processes and encourage growth to a child’s maximum potential.


  • A minimum of one year’s teaching experience as the teacher of record is required. Candidates who do not yet have appropriate experience at both the lower and upper grade levels covered by their prospective certification areas will fulfill this requirement by completing 20 days of supervised student teaching in each area of certification they are seeking.
  • B.S. degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Resume
  • An Assessment Interview is recommended
  • College Transcript with evidence of the following credits and a 3.0 average in these courses:
    • Mathematical processes (6 credits)
    • Scientific processes (6 credits)
    • Historical and social sciences (6 credits)
    • Language other than English (3 credits)
    • Information retrieval (3 credits)
    • Communications/ Humanities/ Written analysis and expression (3 credits)
    • Artistic expression (3 credits)
  • Official GRE General Test scores or Praxis Core Academic Skills Test

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)