Early Childhood Development and Education

Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences

Master’s Degree Program

Early Childhood Development and Education (M.S.)

The Master of Science program in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) is designed to meet the needs of professionals who want to work with young children and their families. The ECDE program delivers relevant, rigorous course work and related academic experiences.

The program is designed for candidates with undergraduate degrees in a wide range of areas, including but not limited to early childhood development and education, such as child development, psychology, communication disorders, sociology, nursing, theatre, and music. The program of study includes advanced professional development in early child development and education for careers with direct and indirect services for young children and families. Direct early education services to young children and families can include homes, schools, and other community settings, such as child care and Head Start. Indirect services can include: child assessment, program evaluation, child care resource and referral, early learning coalitions, community college instruction, and child advocacy. Graduates of this program are encouraged to serve as a bridge among schools and community agencies and to nurture leadership skills in these areas.

In addition to fostering the professional development of previously certified early childhood teachers, this program will also serve as a bridge among schools and community agencies and will provide the educational experiences to nurture educational leaders who will work within and across these areas.

Doctor of Philosophy

Early Childhood (Ph.D.)

The Early Childhood track in the Education Ph.D. program is designed to prepare highly competent doctoral-level professionals to assume leadership positions in teaching, research, and service in the area of early childhood.