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Master of Early Childhood Education

Master of Early Childhood Education

Prepare Students for Lifelong Learning with Your Master’s in Early Childhood Education Degree

Are you ready to prepare young learners for lifelong learning? Does the opportunity to deliver the first formal education a student receives appeal to you?

As part of South Carolina State University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in elementary education, you can choose the early childhood education (grades K–3) option. This track readies you to become an early childhood educator, preparing you to provide the first formal education for young students.

Shaping young minds and preparing young students for the next steps in their educational journey are huge responsibilities for an early childhood educator. Earning your master’s degree in early childhood education from South Carolina State will prepare you to excel in this important field.

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Years to complete our master’s degree in early childhood education program

Our master’s in early childhood education degree program focuses on two primary student outcomes:

  • Provide instruction, classroom practice, microteaching, and other educational experiences to help strengthen, extend, and integrate knowledge and skills in professional education, research, writing, and content areas.
  • Assist students in obtaining mastery of systematic ways of utilizing instructional technology to bring about effective instruction.

With your master’s degree in early childhood education from South Carolina State, you’ll be well-prepared to achieve your teaching and career goals.

Method of Instruction

  • Face-to-face

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Program Highlights

Providing you the best education so you can effectively teach and guide young learners is our goal. At South Carolina State, our master’s in early childhood education program is well-known for providing our students opportunities to:

Gain extensive real-world experience

You’ll assist early childhood educators and teach in real classrooms with real students, expanding your insights and skills in implementing the most effective teaching methods for groups and individual students. You’ll put the knowledge and expertise you’ve gained in your classroom into practice in young student classrooms.

Enjoy a supportive campus environment

From academic and career advising to student supports like our student success and retention programs, you’ll feel nurtured, encouraged, and inspired to make the most of your South Carolina State education.

Learn from top-notch classroom experts

Among our master’s in early childhood education faculty are former presidents of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, a vice president of membership for the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and president of the American Association for Blacks in Higher Education (NABHE). Our faculty are also active in research and seeking grants.

What Can You Do With Your Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education?

As an early childhood educator with your master’s degree in education, you may choose to continue your teaching career, or follow a career path in education administration or educating students in college teaching programs. Our master’s in early childhood education graduates go on to excel in positions such as:

  • Preschool director
  • School administrator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Curriculum development specialist
  • Intervention specialist
  • Child life specialist
  • Education writer
  • Social worker

What You Will Study in Early Childhood Education

In addition to the M.Ed. program coursework, you will complete additional coursework to allow you to specialize as an early childhood educator. Early childhood education graduate-level classes include:

  • Assessing and Interpreting Child Behavior
  • Advanced Study of Early Childhood Curricula and Methods
  • Cognitive and Language Development
  • Early Childhood Methods and Materials
  • Nature and Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • Supervision and Administration Program for Child and Families