College of Education

Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.)

Application Deadline

This program has rolling admissions--in order to ensure timely processing we recommend submitting your application by August 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring admission, and May 1 for summer admission.  While we will continue to accept applications and materials after these dates, we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed in time for the start of classes.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university*. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required for full admission and 2.75 for conditional admission to the program. All GPA calculations are made based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • One or more of the following:
    • An undergraduate degree or graduate course work in Early Childhood Education, child development, family studies or a related field.
    • Teacher certification in Early Childhood Education.
    • Teacher certification in Elementary Education plus 6 semester hours in Early Childhood Education
    • A minimum of three years of professional experience in an early childhood program or related setting serving young children from birth to age 8
    • Undergraduate courses in the following areas: educational psychology or psychology of learning, child growth and development, or curriculum and methods in early childhood education
  • Two professional narrative letters of recommendation. (Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application)
  • A brief (two-page) admission essay discussing the applicant’s experiences working with young children and families, and a rationale for earning a master’s degree related to professional goals and career aspirations.
  • In addition to the admissions requirements above, applicants for the M.Ed. Certification Option must also provide qualifying scores on the Praxis CORE exam (as determined by MSDE) or other approved testing alternative (qualifying SAT, ACT, or GRE scores).

*See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Exceptional candidates who do not meet the exact criteria above may be considered for admission, if they intend to work in settings with children from birth through age 8. In these instances, an interview with the graduate program director will be required.

A current resume must be submitted with the application for admission as well as all post-secondary transcripts.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

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