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Master of Education in Early Childhood (MEd)

If you are interested in working with young children in public or private schools, childcare centers, or community programs but did not pursue a teaching degree as an undergraduate, then our master's program in early education may be a fit for you. 

Unique strengths of our program:
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  • Cross-disciplinary electives promote well-rounded teacher preparation and knowledge of early childhood development
  • Convenient, affordable evening classes offered in person and online
  • Rigorous professional preparation includes theory, fieldwork, student teaching, and internships at community partner schools 
  • Learning focuses on the complete early childhood span from infants through age eight 
  • Coursework Integrates understanding of typical and atypical child development to prepare students to teach children across the learning spectrum
  • Degree leads to diverse careers in early childhood or certification as a Connecticut teacher with focus in birth to age 3 or pre-kindergarten to grade 3 

Classes typically meet one evening per week, with a day commitment later in the program as students participate in a pre-kindergarten placement and a second placement in either the birth to age 3 or pre-K to grade 3 setting. 

Students may choose several pathways towards their degree, typically pursuing the master's degree in education leading to certification. Others pursue a master's degree in education without certification. Montessori teachers and those currently enrolled in the Montessori Training Center of New England may also complete a master's degree in early education with a Montessori concentration.

Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, including our graduate program in Early Childhood Education, are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. Pass rate on the Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam, which is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut, is 100 percent.

Attend our next university-wide graduate open house.