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Early Childhood Education Graduate Programs Admissions

Master of Education, Early Childhood Education

The following application materials must be filed with the Center for Graduate and Adult Academic Services for applicants seeking the master's degree in early childhood education:

  • official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions;
  • two letters of reference from professional or academic sources;
  • completed University of Hartford application for graduate study and application fee;
  • a letter of intent specifying the reasons for seeking admission;
  • a résumé outlining related education and professional experience; and
  • an interview with the appropriate faculty member (Dr. Paige Bray at 860.768.4553 or bray@hartford.edu)

Master of Education, Early Childhood Education

For those seeking State of Connecticut certification, passing scores on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or a copy of the waiver letter issued by the State of Connecticut.

For those pursuing the Montessori concentration, evidence of enrollment in or graduation from the Montessori Training Center of New England

Click here to learn additional requirements for international applicants

Praxis I Information

PRAXIS I: The PRAXIS I academic skills assessment for prospective teachers is required by the State of Connecticut to ensure that candidates for teacher preparation are competent in reading, writing, and mathematics. Passing scores on the PRAXIS I exam are Reading -172; Writing -171, and Mathematics -171. You must submit passing scores on all three parts for admission to the graduate program in Elementary Education unless you obtain a waiver letter from the State of Connecticut. For PRAXIS I registration and further information about the PRAXIS I exam, visit www.ets.org/praxis.

PRAXIS I Waiver: You may obtain a waiver of the PRAXIS I exam by submitting an application to the State of Connecticut along with SAT, ACT, or GRE scores. If your scores are high enough, the State will issue a waiver letter and you will submit a copy of this letter along with your other application materials. For waiver criteria, an application form, and instructions for submitting your test scores, visit www.state.ct.us/sde. Search on “PRAXIS waiver.”

Deadlines and Dates

Admission into the MEd in Early Childhood Education Program can occur for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. The priority filing date is April 15 for summer of fall entry. Applications received after these priority filing dates will be considered on a case by case basis, depending upon both the quality of the application and the number of remaining openings in the class. The admissions committee will review complete applications in the order in which they are received.

Costs of Attendance

Graduate students in the Early Childhood Education program are charged the per-credit hour rate. The 2013-2014 academic year per-credit-hour rate is $495. International students who hold F-1 visas are required to attend as full-time students (minimum of 9 credits). The 2013-2014 academic year full-time tuition and fees for international graduate students in the Early Childhood Education program is $8,970 per year. This is estimated and based on the minimum full-time cost for tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters.

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