Who Should Apply?
Regardless of where you live, you may earn your Master of Science (MS) in Early Childhood Education (ECE) online from the University of North Dakota while you continue to live and work in your own community. You are not required to come to campus at any time!
The online Early Childhood Education program prepares professional teachers and leaders to address the educational needs of young children, ages 0 to 8, in a variety of settings:
- public and private schools (PreK-Grade 3)
- Head Start programs
- child development and child care centers
- other programs related to the education of young children
Certified Teachers or Non-Certified Professionals
The full or part-time online program is designed for:
- certified teachers preparing to be leaders in the field of education for children under the age of 8
- certified or non-certified individuals who wish to study and do research in the area of early childhood education
- non-certified individuals working in related professions who wish to gain knowledge and skills in the area of early childhood education
You do not need to have a teaching degree to pursue your MS in Early Childhood Education; however, it is helpful to have a degree that pertains to children, families or education. If you plan to teach with this degree, please check your state's teacher licensing requirements. Many students enter the program with a variety of degrees, including:
- special education
- social work
- children and families
- elementary education
If you do not have a bachelor's degree related to one of the fields listed above, you may still apply to the program. However, it is critical that you have extensive experience and a solid foundation within the field of Early Childhood Education. You must justify your experience and interest in the ECE program in the written Personal Statement required for admission. You also should submit Letters of Reference from individuals who can testify to your interest in and experiences with young children.
Teaching Certification & Licensing Guidelines by State
If you plan to teach, please check with your state's teacher licensing board to verify if UND's online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education program will meet your state's certification and licensure requirements.
You may also visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDEC) for more information.
Admission to any graduate program in Education is initiated by submitting a completed application to UND's Graduate School. Applications need to be completed on My GradSpace by November 1 (Spring), April 1 (Summer), or June 1 (Fall). Admission status will be determined only after an evaluation of data required by both the Graduate School Admissions Office and the Early Childhood Education Program Area.
The graduate application process consists of your submitting the following with your application:
- UND Graduate School Application Form
- Application fee ($35)
- No GRE required
- Official Transcripts from each institution attended indicating a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for undergraduate work completed during the junior and senior years (based on A = 4.00).
- An overall GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate career may be acceptable; to be determined by the ECE and Graduate School faculty's discretion.
- Three letters of recommendation using the Graduate School Recommendation Form that is available from the online application system. We recommend that you submit letters from each of the following people who can speak to your potential for graduate study:
- One from a supervising teacher (if recently completed student teaching) OR one from a supervisor or administrator (e.g., principal, program coordinator) (*If you do not have classroom teaching experience, a letter from a supervisor or administrator from an employment setting is acceptable.);
- One from a colleague who has worked with you on a professional level; and
- One from a person of your choosing.
- Personal Statement: Answer the following three questions as clearly and fully as you can. Use one typed page per question as a guide:
- What have you already done professionally or personally of which you are proud? Please include a chronological history of all professional teaching and administration experience, as well as academic honors or achievements you have earned.
- What are the characteristics, attitudes, values, and/or skills that you think will make you a good candidate for your professional role?
- Describe several personal and professional goals you would like to achieve in the next five years. Include in your description reasons why these goals are important to you.
More information regarding the ECE graduate program can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator Kristen Votava at 701-777-5683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military Personnel & Veterans
Our University is proud to serve those who serve our country. Through UND Online & Distance Education, you can take advantage of convenient programs and services that fit your life as a military service member, veteran or family member. Learn more.
- June 1 (Fall)
- November 1 (Spring)
- April 1 (Summer)