Early Childhood Education (M.S.)
Enhance your professional skills in early childhood education through an online master's program ranked among the Top 10 nationwide.
UND's online Master of Science (M.S.) in Early Childhood Education is a non-licensing degree that prepares you to address the educational needs of children under the age of eight, in a variety of settings.
- Program type:
- Master's Degree
- Est. time to complete:
- 2+ years
- Credit hours:
Why Earn a Master's in Early Childhood Education Online at UND?
The online M.S. in Early Childhood Education combines theory and research with practical experience. You begin with the belief that the child is a born learner and, as a teacher, you must be an open-minded observer who develops early learning curriculum with the child in mind.
The child is always at the center of our online ECE program. Through online courses and a classroom practicum, you will learn educational methods that emphasize young children in the context of their:
In addition, through a partnership with the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, we offer Aim4Excellence, an online national Director Credential for Early Childhood administrators.
Accreditation by CAEP and NAEYC
Teacher Education programs at UND are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The ECE online program follows the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Top Online Early Childhood Education Program in the Nation
UND is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report, and many other national rankings, as a best online early childhood master's degree program.
Leaders in Education
Students from across the world are earning their degrees through the online Early Childhood Education Program.
Interact in a virtual classroom with online learning that fits your schedule.
Enroll in a program named a Top 10 Best Online Master's Program by the Center for Online Education.
Learn from highly qualified faculty with graduate degrees and extensive experience in teaching graduate-level early childhood education courses.
Gain hands-on experience through a UND-approved, 60-hour classroom practicum in your community, which can be completed in your own classroom.
Enjoy the affordability of in-state tuition, regardless of where you live.
Projected growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers through 2026*
Median annual pay for kindergarten and elementary school teachers*
The online Master's in Early Childhood Education program prepares you to teach and be a leader in:
- Public and private schools (Pre-K and Kindergarten through third grade)
- Head Start/Early Head Start programs
- Child care and education centers
- Other programs related to the education of young children
- Administration/Director/Curriculum Specialist
- Early Intervention
- Community college teaching
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for preschool, kindergarten and elementary teachers are expected to be favorable.
There is a push to improve early childhood education in many states by offering full-day kindergarten and universal preschool programs. These programs, along with projected higher enrollment growth for preschool age children, will create many new jobs for early childhood teachers and educational directors and administrators.
When You Earn a master's degree in Early Childhood Education
An Early Childhood Education degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
- Curriculum Development
- Lesson Planning
- Strategic Planning
- Child Development
Careers in Early Childhood Education
You'll graduate with limitless career opportunities and a solid foundation for working with children ranging in age from 0-8 years old. Students with an early childhood education degree can teach and be a leader in:
- Public schools (PreK and kindergarten through third grade)
- Early Head Start
- Child care and education centers
UND Early Childhood Education Alumni
Early Childhood Education alumni have gone on to a variety of sucessfull careers with:
- Grand Forks Public Schools
- Bismarck Public Schools
- Cartwright School District No. 83
- Mount Ayr Community School, Inc.