Why Earn a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education?
This advanced degree program prepares you for the future - either by helping you grow in competence in your current career or by providing a step forward in the field of early childhood education. You will benefit from the degree if you are involved in administration, supervision and mentoring in early childhood programs; pre-elementary or primary grade teaching; family/community support; early intervention; resource and referral; program licensing; infants and toddlers programs; or other roles in the community with young children and families.
The 33-unit program consists of seven required courses and four electives supporting a designated area of focus. The program's guiding principles include an interdisciplinary perspective, collaboration, mentoring and advocacy, with a solid foundation of current knowledge in early childhood and best practices for all young children and families. The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is aligned with NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation in Advanced Programs.
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is not designed to lead to initial teacher certification in Early Childhood Education. However, the M.Ed. Plus Certification option within this program provides students with an opportunity to obtain initial teacher certification for pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Please contact thegraduate program director for more information.
This program is also offered at several off-campus locations, including the Higher Education & Conference (HEAT) Center in Harford County, the Universities at Shady Grove in Montgomery County and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) in St. Mary's County. Visit the Towson Learning Network to get information about applying to these programs.