What is a Master's in Early Childhood Education?
GCU supports masters of early childhood education students in learning concepts for teaching the youngest learners. Graduates of this Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree from Grand Canyon University will be highly qualified to become Kindergarten through third grade teachers. This program is ideal for people looking for a second career or a career change. For those not seeking a teaching license, visit our Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (Does Not Lead to Initial Teacher Licensure) program.
From daycare centers to elementary schools, graduates with a MEd degree in early childhood education may find work in diverse environments where they lead the learning experiences of children from infancy to eight years old.
The master’s in early childhood education degree program at GCU requires practicum experiences throughout the program. Additionally, graduates will need to complete an eight-week student teaching experience in a birth through Pre-K setting and another eight-week experience in Kindergarten through third grade.
Upon completion of this master’s, graduates may pursue teacher licensure. To qualify for a teaching certification, graduates may need to pass state certification exams in addition to pursuing an institutional recommendation from Grand Canyon University.
What Will You Learn While Earning a MEd Degree in Early Childhood Education?
Students enrolled in the MEd Early Childhood Education program will gain the skills need to work with diverse students as future daycare directors, preschool teachers and early childhood teachers and specialists. Throughout the program, students will survey current early childhood teaching practices and learn where those ideas and methods support the learning of birth through grade 8 students.
Early childhood development is a cornerstone of the master of early education degree program. GCU grads will come away from their coursework with a solid understanding of brain development, social and emotional growth and academic achievement in young learners.
Topics of study in this Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree program include:
- Instruction for early learners
- Differentiation strategies for exceptional learners
- English as a second language methods
- Evaluation and assessment skills
- Curriculum development
- Teaching methods across all content areas
Earn Your Master's in Early Childhood Education Online Degree
Students enrolled in the master’s in early childhood education online degree can attend GCU education program classes on campus or online.
The early childhood education masters online is a great fit for nontraditional students. Full-time employees hoping to earn a degree to start a new career in education or those looking for work and home life balance, will find what they need in the online degree program.
At GCU, online degrees, like the master’s degree in early childhood education, mean:
- High tech learning environments
- Flexibility and convenience
- Ability to work around your own schedule
And yet, you still have all the perks of being a GCU student, including:
- Attending classes with experienced faculty and instructors
- Accessing courses designed for the career-minded progressions
- Stimulating and challenging coursework
People with a passion for education and a deep interest in preparing our youngest learners for future academic success are in demand! Daycares, schools and social services agencies are looking for grads who have the education and the drive needed to make a difference. Answer the call by earning your Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree at Grand Canyon University.
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