Masters in Early Childhood Education

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Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Master of Arts in Education - Early Childhood Education

Course Length: 7 Weeks
Total Credit Hours: 33
Cost Per Credit Hour: $475


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education with Early Childhood Education Emphasis program consists of 33 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The masters in early childhood education is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule.

Professional practices in the field of early education focus on strategies and best practices rooted in theory and philosophy supported by research. Students who earn their masters in early childhood education will interpret, evaluate and apply research and theory related to all areas of early childhood education. Courses taken while obtaining the degree in early childhood education address the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for advanced professional preparation.

To be considered for admission, program candidates needs to be employed or regularly volunteering in the area of education with either children or families.

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Effective Research Writing

This course will emphasize the difference between academic writing for a master’s program and writing for personal use.  APA Formatting will be emphasized, strategies for developing a literature review, and writing for academic use will be included.


Topics & Research in Early Ed

This course will explore the current research in early education focusing on the theme of evidence based practices by integrating theory with the activities of teacher researchers.  Current empirical studies will be used to apply and understand research methods.


Curriculum & Instruction / ECE

Along with the presentation of curriculum and instruction theory, this course will explore the development and implementation of early childhood curriculum and instruction. The link between assessment and program evaluation will be made.


Observation and Assessment

The various methods of child study, observation, portfolio development, and other assessment strategies are studied as a way to assess children’s growth and the development of knowledge and skills.  In addition, current classroom practices and learning environments are explored to identify changes that benefit children, their families, and communication between program and home.


Play: Theory and Applications

This course is a study of the various theoretical foundations of play and their application to young children’s development and learning. Students examine the role of the teacher in children’s play, analyze play environments, and review the issues and research affecting children and curricula.


Lang Dev & Emergent Literacy

Current research is studied in regard to emergent literacy and language development in children with implications for the classroom teacher. Whole language strategies are explored for children from birth through age seven.


Diverse Classroom

This course presents studies of education in multicultural settings. Students explore the values, beliefs, customs, and perceptions of racial and ethnic groups which affect social life and the education of children. Concepts of culture, social class, and power are developed.


Ethics for Educators

This course is a study of ethics and moral philosophy with applications to making decisions regarding current social and personal problems.


Methods in EC Programming

This course is an in-depth look at current literature that supports leadership in early childhood education and then extends learning to the complexities of quality programming in early childhood education.


Legal and Legislative Issues

This course will deal with law and legislation that affects early childhood education. Children and childcare are presented as issues of public policy. The skills and strategies of child advocacy are discussed and students are challenged to become active in public advocacy for children


eFolio and Completion

This course assists students in synthesizing previous coursework leading to greater self-reflection and assessment of learning.  In addition, the student will complete, present, and discuss the final M.A. Capstone eFolio.


1. Apply Online

2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

4. Submit a current, professional resume. Applicants must be a practitioner in their field through work or volunteerism and should demonstrate this involvement on their resume.

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in a graduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Start Dates

Spring 2015 Term

Start Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Monday
Chat Time: 8-9 p.m. CST