Early Childhood Education - Graduate Program

Degree: M.Ed.

Prepare for teaching and administrative positions in a variety of young learning settings with Millersville University's graduate-level Early Childhood Education program.

These programs are available in a blended format.  Fully online options are available for eligible students.

Why Study This Program?

The graduate-level Early Childhood Education program at Millersville University prepares professionals for teaching and administrative positions in child care and preschool settings, elementary schools, early intervention special education programs and colleges. 

The program is based on knowledge and developmentally appropriate practices for the teaching and learning of young children. Through an interdisciplinary course of study, the Early Childhood Education program focuses on the connections of children, family, educational settings and community essential to a young child’s total developmental and individual diverse needs. Coursework addresses early childhood issues and principles using sound research practices and includes a focus on the graduate student’s individual professional needs.

Admission to the Early Childhood Education program is open to those applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification in elementary education, early childhood education or special education. Applicants who have not earned certification in one of these fields may satisfy Instructional I Certificate requirements concurrently. 

What Will You Learn?

The Early Childhood Education program at Millersville University features a variety of coursework and experiences intended to prepare graduate students as professional and passionate educators.

Professional core studies courses explore research methods, student psychology and education philosophies. Specific early childhood education classes discuss current practices and research, education in the home, school and community, and developmental delays.

Students complete their study by developing a thesis or through a non-research option with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. A written comprehensive examination, created and evaluated by the graduate faculty, is required of all students at the end of the program, and is to be scheduled during the final semester.