Early Childhood Education

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Master of Education: Early Childhood Education with certification - Credits: 33 minimum (program code: 0903)
Master of Education: Early Childhood Education without certification - Credits: 33 minimum (program code: 0913)
Certificate: Early Childhood Education - Credits: 24 minimum (program code: 0918)

Program Description

Early childhood education is a completely online graduate program for teachers who are certified in elementary, early childhood or special education and are interested in pursuing a Master of Education with or without certification. A certificate option is also available. Graduate students in the early childhood education program apply knowledge of child development, families and best teaching practices to a variety of educational settings, including public schools Pre-K to grade 4 primary programs, preschool programs, Head Start, child care, and parenting and family support programs. This program is open to students with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree from an accredited program and teaching certification in N-3, K-6 and/or special education Pre-K-12.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation  (CAEP, formerly NCATE)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Admission Criteria



Pennsylvania Act 24, 34, 114, and 151 clearances (or appropriate clearances for non-Pennsylvania residents) are required for field-based course registration but not admission. Applicants may be admitted to the program but will not be able to register for field-based courses until all of the up-to-date clearances are submitted.

Curriculum - Master's


Curriculum - Certificate



Students in the early childhood education program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. The early childhood education program coordinator is the academic adviser for all students in the program.  The adviser works with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website


For Additional Information

Email: elemedonline@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Faculty

Christine Peterson, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.S. (Johns Hopkins University), B.S. (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor

Clover Wright, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), B.A. (Antioch College)

For faculty bios, visit: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm