Master of Art Degrees in Early Childhood Education

Compare 15 Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

An MA is a graduate-level degree typically granted to individuals studying topics in the arts or humanities. Master of Arts degrees may focus more on discussion than more science-based degrees. With full-time study, most MA degrees can be completed within two years.

What is an MA in Early Childhood Education? It is a graduate-level degree usually designed to help students expand their current expertise. Students may gain a better understanding of different learning styles of children, developmental needs of pupils up to the age of eight and the role family relationships can play in learning. Individuals can learn to craft a developmentally appropriate curriculum that helps their pupils develop critical thinking skills, curiosity and reflection. Students might find themselves taking courses in infant and child development, exceptional children and early childhood settings and children, families and society.

Graduates tend to find they have developed a variety of skills including communicating with young children, the ability to listen well and complex problem-solving. This can help individuals interacting with kids in their personal lives and may transfer well to many career options.

An MA in Early Childhood Education is a popular degree option offered at many universities all over the world. Each university may have a slightly different curriculum. These factors and many more affect the price of tuition. Contact your school of choice for more information.

Many graduates wish to go into the field of education. These programs may prepare them to succeed as an elementary school teacher, preschool administrator or childcare specialist. They may also be qualified for a variety of non-teaching careers, including corporate trainer, museum docent, curriculum specialist or program designer.

Earning an MA in Early Childhood Education could prepare you for a successful career in education and beyond. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MA in Childhood and Youth Studies

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

This award provides an opportunity for both existing and aspiring professionals connected with children and young people to reflect deeply and critically on the relationship between the structures and policies offered by societies and how these interact with individuals’ self-actualisation. [+]

This award provides an opportunity for both existing and aspiring professionals connected with children and young people to reflect deeply and critically on the relationship between the structures and policies offered by societies and how these interact with individuals’ self-actualisation.

The full time MA Childhood and Youth Studies is normally timetabled for teaching on two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays), with additional independent, guided study requirements. As well as (30 credit) taught units of study, this course also provides opportunities to gain practice experience in UK educational contexts (via optional unit choice), and every student undertakes a (60 credit) dissertation, allowing in-depth and extended study in an area of interest and relevance.... [-]


MA in Education: Early Childhood Studies

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This course is for prospective teachers, as well as non-teachers looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then the MA Education Studies is ideally suited (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). [+]

Study educational issues in depth, covering policy, practice and education theory.

Analyses politics and policies in education. Allows you to study educational topics in depth. Has a strong international perspective.

Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context.

This course is for prospective teachers, as well as non-teachers looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then the MA Education Studies is ideally suited (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). Most of our students, however, have no intention of teaching. They are attracted by the academic nature of this award, by its habit of enabling new thinking about things that seemed like common sense, and by the prospect of improving academic skills and qualities and applying them in educationally related fields.... [-]


MA in Early Childhood Education

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Chicago Grayslake + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education is designed for students seeking a graduate degree and licensure to teach young children age 0-8 years. The program provides a solid academic course of study as well as diverse, dynamic and enriching learning experiences. The program is aimed at preparing high-quality teachers to give young children a strong 21st-century foundation for learning and development. Graduates of the program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for working effectively with young children in learning environments. [+]

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education is designed for students seeking a graduate degree and licensure to teach young children age 0-8 years. The program provides a solid academic course of study as well as diverse, dynamic and enriching learning experiences. The program is aimed at preparing high-quality teachers to give young children a strong 21st-century foundation for learning and development. Graduates of the program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for working effectively with young children in learning environments. The program is composed of 42 credit hours.

Goals of the Program

Graduates of the program will:

Acquire a deep understanding of the process of human development and learning from birth to age 8 and familiarize with the field of Early Childhood Education from historical, philosophical, theoretical and practical perspectives including legislation and the role of parents. Develop enriched awareness of research in educating young children and how such research informs practice to make learning effective and efficient, and also to expand the theoretical base in the field of early childhood education. Build solid academic subject matter content and professional competencies appropriate for 21st-century demands of effective teaching, assessment and overall professional practice in the field of Early Childhood Education. Experience working with young children and their families from diverse backgrounds and develop a rapport with schools, communities and professional organizations including NAEYC. Develop comprehensive sets of interpersonal, technological, research, pedagogical and assessment skills to work with young children at different developmental and... [-]

MA in Early Childhood Education

Saint Xavier University
Campus Full time 2 - 5 years August 2018 USA Chicago

The early childhood education program is designed for individuals who wish to teach young children (age 0 to grade 2), leads to a master of arts degree, and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois professional educator license endorsed for early childhood education, with optional early childhood education approval. [+]

The School of Education at Saint Xavier University prepares educators who are broadly and liberally educated, competent in content methodologies and skillful in teaching all children in contemporary schools. The program in early childhood education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The early childhood education program is designed for individuals who wish to teach young children (age 0 to grade 2), leads to a master of arts degree, and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois professional educator license endorsed for early childhood education, with optional early childhood education approval.... [-]


Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education

European University Cyprus
Campus or Online Full time 18 months September 2018 Cyprus Nicosia

The Master of Arts program in ‘Early Childhood Education’ provides candidates with an in-depth specialization in the field of education of 3 to 8-year-olds and helps shape their professional expertise. Masters students are equipped to assess education theories and recent research, to engage in their own research and attain the capacity to seek a doctoral qualification. [+]

The Master of Arts program in ‘Early Childhood Education’ provides candidates with an in-depth specialization in the field of education of 3 to 8-year-olds and helps shape their professional expertise. Masters students are equipped to assess education theories and recent research, to engage in their own research and attain the capacity to seek a doctoral qualification. They will be given the opportunity to become involved and to take a critical stand in the latest discussions of the trends and practices in the field at a local and international level.

Objectives & Outcomes

General Objectives

The course provides the educators with the potential of a profound understanding and specialization in the field of Early Childhood Education, by creating the appropriate circumstances that enable the teachers to redefine their professional identity or/and have the potential to continue their studies on a doctoral level.... [-]


MA Pre-school and Out-of-school Pedagogy: Early Childhood Education

University of Hradec Králové, Faculty of Education
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Hradec Králové

Early Childhood Education is a master degree study field in the frame of study program Pre-school and Out-of-school Pedagogy, organized in the full-time form of study. [+]

Early Childhood Education is a master degree study field in the frame of study program Pre-school and Out-of-school Pedagogy, organized in the full-time form of study.

Profile of graduates and their prospective employment: Graduates in this field are equipped with the knowledge and skills in the field of pre-school children education. The program builds on a bachelor's degree and further deepens the competence in pedagogy and psychology as well as management of pre-school facilities, special education, and also includes scientific-methodical preparation. Besides the classical university education, the integral part includes practice, which takes place not only in classrooms of various kindergartens but it also contains management practice and practice in inspection bodies. Graduates can work as a kindergarten teacher, Head Teacher/Master/Mistress of a pre-school facility, inspector, methodical worker, worker in government-industry or researcher of pre-school education.... [-]


MA in Child Study and Human Development

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Medford

The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development's Master of Arts in Applied Child Development program provides students with a strong theoretical foundation in child development, coursework in an area of specialization, research skills, and applied opportunities and fieldwork that prepare students for a career that directly impacts the lives of children, youth and families. [+]

The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development's Master of Arts in Applied Child Development program provides students with a strong theoretical foundation in child development, coursework in an area of specialization, research skills, and applied opportunities and fieldwork that prepare students for a career that directly impacts the lives of children, youth and families. Our goal is to train students to use applied work to understand the theory and research and to understand how theory and research should impact the lives of children and families.

After the first semester in the program, students choose whether they want to pursue the applied track or the thesis track and whether they wish to concentrate in a specific area:... [-]


Master of Arts in Education, major in Child Development and Education

University of Asia and the Pacific
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Philippines Pasig City

The program seeks to form early childhood educators and specialists (preschool and primary school teachers and administrators, child development consultants, and researchers) who can effectively blend theory and practice in creating positive learning opportunities and experiences for young children to promote their total development. [+]

The program seeks to form early childhood educators and specialists (preschool and primary school teachers and administrators, child development consultants, and researchers) who can effectively blend theory and practice in creating positive learning opportunities and experiences for young children to promote their total development. The MAE-CDE curriculum thus intertwines four areas of learning: foundational subjects, psychology, specialization subjects, and research.

Program Delivery

The program leads to a degree of Master of Arts in Education, major in Child Development and Education (MAE-CDE) for thesis track and Master in Education, major in Child Development and Education for non-thesis track. Participants can complete the program in two yearswithout having to give up or be released from their jobs. They must earn 39 units (33 units of coursework and 6 units of action research or thesis writing) to be eligible for graduation.... [-]


Master of Arts in Education: Special Education Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Eastern Kentucky University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Richmond

Individuals working in programs serving young children ages birth through kindergarten. The advanced study option prepares individuals to work as leaders in early childhood settings, including state and local level organizations providing professional development and support to early childhood teachers. [+]

Degree Options: Teacher Leader Track with Advanced Study Teacher Leader Track with Additional Certification in IECE Who Would be Interested in This Program?

Individuals working in programs serving young children ages birth through kindergarten. The advanced study option prepares individuals to work as leaders in early childhood settings, including state and local level organizations providing professional development and support to early childhood teachers. The additional certification option allows individuals to add the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) teaching certification while also adding the Teacher Leader Endorsement. The IECE teaching certification allows individuals to teach in the public school preschool and kindergarten programs and to work as Developmental Interventionists with the First Steps early intervention program.... [-]


Master of Arts in Early Childhood

University of Roehampton Online
Online Full time Part time United Kingdom London

During this online Master of Arts in Early Childhood, you’ll explore current research and fascinating insights related to the development of the whole child—body, mind, and spirit. [+]

The early years of a child’s life are probably the most crucial for establishing a solid foundation for health, well-being and lifelong learning. As awareness increases of the critical importance of healthy development and learning in the early years, so too does the need for early childhood professionals who have the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for guiding and supporting young children and families.

During this online Master of Arts in Early Childhood, you’ll explore current research and gain fascinating insights related to the development of the whole child—body, mind, and spirit. You’ll examine current thinking on the strengths and challenges of young children, as you actively engage in theoretical discussions on child development and learn to apply these theories in culturally responsive ways. ... [-]


MA Childhood in Society

University Of Warwick Centre for Education Studies
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 5 years August 2018 United Kingdom Coventry + 1 more

This course is designed to appeal to a wide range of professionals working in child-related fields in health, education and social care, and to graduates seeking to working the research field of children. [+]

MA Childhood in Society

"This course is designed to appeal to a wide range of professionals working in child-related fields in health, education and social care, and to graduates seeking to working the research field of children and childhood"

Dr Michael Wyness, Course Leader

Suitable for

We welcome international and home students from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. The course is attractive to new graduates, practitioners and professionals in education, children's services, child-related international organisations and voluntary sector organisations, and educational and childhood researchers.

Course aims and benefits

The MA Childhood in Society is interdisciplinary, addressing the UN definition of childhood in the age range 0-18 years. You will develop an awareness of key theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented studies of children (0-18 years) and childhood. You will gain a familiarity with interdisciplinary perspectives and frameworks in the study of children and childhood, and you will be able to demonstrate a critical engagement with debates on key childhood related themes, including children’s rights, multi-agency support for children, development and care, and the global child. You will also develop an understanding of key issues in academic and public debates in relation to children and become familiar with the diversity of children’s experiences over time and space, both locally and internationally. ... [-]


MA in Early Childhood Education: Education for Family Living

Kean University
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA New York Union + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Education for Family Living program is designed to offer teachers and child care providers special training in family life education. [+]

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Education for Family Living program is designed to offer teachers and child care providers special training in family life education. Em­phasis is placed on meeting the requirements of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and Family Life Education Mandate.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Education for Family Living program, visit http://grad.kean.edu/masters-programs/education-family-living.

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MA in Early Childhood Education: Classroom Instruction P-3 Certification

Kean University
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA New York Union + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Classroom Instruction P-3 Certification program leads to certification and a master’s degree for liberal arts graduates seeking to become teachers at the pre-school through third grade (P-3). Students who successfully complete Level I are eligible for Provisional Teaching Certification. [+]

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Classroom Instruction P-3 Certification program leads to certification and a master’s degree for liberal arts graduates seeking to become teachers at the pre-school through third grade (P-3). Students who successfully complete Level I are eligible for Provisional Teaching Certification.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Classroom Instruction P-3 Certification program, visit http://grad.kean.edu/masters-programs/classroom-instruction-p-3-certification.

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MA in Early Childhood Education: Advanced Curriculum and Teaching

Kean University
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA New York Union + 1 more

The Master of Arts in in Early Childhood Education: Advanced Curriculum and Teaching program provides students with opportunities to examine the principles and processes of curricular develop­ment, assessment and program evaluation for young children. [+]

The Master of Arts in in Early Childhood Education: Advanced Curriculum and Teaching program provides students with opportunities to examine the principles and processes of curricular develop­ment, assessment and program evaluation for young children. Emphasis is placed on strategies applicable to the classroom and the development of master teachers.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in in Early Childhood Education: Advanced Curriculum and Teaching program, visit http://grad.kean.edu/masters-programs/advanced-curriculum-teaching.

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MA in Early Childhood Education: Administration in EC & Family Studies

Kean University
Campus September 2018 USA New York Union

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Administration in Early Childhood and Family Studies program is designed to develop qualified administrators for child care programs or public and private schools. Emphasis is placed on leadership skills for directors, head teachers, and other administrative or supervisory personnel. [+]

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Administration in Early Childhood and Family Studies program is designed to develop qualified administrators for child care programs or public and private schools. Emphasis is placed on leadership skills for directors, head teachers, and other administrative or supervisory personnel.

Certified teachers can obtain a supervision endorsement by taking additional courses, with advisement, in the Department of Educational Leadership and applying directly to the State Certification Office for Evaluation.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Administration in Early Childhood and Family Studies program, visit http://grad.kean.edu/masters-programs/administration-early-childhood-family-studies.... [-]