Early Childhood Education

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Master of Education: Teacher Education: Early Childhood Education without certification - Credits: 30 minimum (program code: 0913)

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 without certification. 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


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 of Education: Teacher Education: Early Childhood Education 

Course Credits
ECE 700  Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment  3
ECE 702  Advanced Childhood Development 3
ECE 703  Literacy Development 3
ECE 704  Special Topics in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 705  Science and Math in Early Childhood 3
ECE 707  Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Settings 3
EDE 701  Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessments 3
ESP 610  Special Ed Foundations Collab 3
PSY 712  Advanced Psychology of Learning 3
RES 800  Methods of Research 3
Total 30


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.

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For Additional Information

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

Program Coordinator

Michelle Early Torregano, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University), B.A., M.A. (Xavier University of Louisiana), Associate Professor and Early Childhood Education Master's Global Online Graduate Coordinator

Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/michelle-torregano.aspx 
Email: torregano@calu.edu 
Phone: 724-938-4499

Program Faculty

Peter Cormas, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.S. (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Post-baccalaureate (Yale University), B.A. (University of Pittsburgh), Assistant Professor

Holly Diehl, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (Frostburg State University), B.S. (West Virginia University), Professor and Coordinator of Professional Development Schools Program

Diane Fine, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (California Univeristy of Pennsylvania), B.A. (West Virginia Wesleyan College), Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Reading Specialist Program

J. William Hug, Ph.D., M.S. (Pennsylvania State University), B.S. (Western Illinois University), Associate Professor

Rebecca Maddas, Ed.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), M.Ed., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor

Diane Nettles, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S. (University of South Florida), Chair

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

Clover Wright, Ph.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), B.A. (Antioch College), Assistant Professor

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/