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.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Mercy College is accredited by:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV, Interview
- 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.