Masters - Education: Early Childhood Education

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Are you a professional educator interested in building the administrative and instructional skills needed to pursue positions in preschools, daycare centers, or kindergarten classes? If this is your career goal, then you might benefit from an online master's degree program offered by Ashford University. Continue reading to find out more about the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Once enrolled in Ashford University's online Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program, you will have the opportunity to learn teaching and leadership strategies you could apply in preschool or related settings. In specialization courses, you might study how to combine play and creativity in early childhood curricula, apply collaborative methods with parents and the community, implement early childhood programs, and create effective learning environments. Core courses could address educational technology, learning theories, academic cultural diversity, educational research, change management, and program and student assessment processes. The program culminates in the completion of an extensive research project in a chosen topic within early childhood education.

How Can I Prepare?

Before you become a student of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program, you must have earned a bachelor's degree and have an interest in working with young children. You might also possess a teaching license. Some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete 36 credits to earn the Master of Arts degree in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. The core curriculum consists of 24 credits, with the remaining 12 credits taken in the area of specialization.

Master of Arts degree in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Major Course Requirements
EDU 650Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the 21st Century
EDU 645Learning and Assessment for the 21st Century
EDU 620Meeting Individual Students Needs with Technology
EDU 671Fundamentals of Educational Research
EDU 639Human Relationships and Learning in the Multicultural Environment
EDU 673Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching and Learning
EDU 675Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment
EDU 695Master of Arts in Education Capstone
Early Childhood Education Specialization Courses
ECE 601Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 611Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods
ECE 612Administration of Early Childhood Education
ECE 625Family & Community Engagement

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Completion of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program could prepare you to pursue teaching or administrative opportunities in the field. You might be responsible for lesson planning, curriculum design, or program assessment for preschools, daycare centers, or public or private elementary schools. You might also be interested in teaching at the postsecondary level.

Positions you could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Program Director
  • Dean of Students
  • School Board Member
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst