University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

Early Childhood Education (Master of Science)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science (MS) in Early Childhood Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

The fully online Master of Science (MS) in Early Childhood Education prepares professional teachers and leaders to address the educational needs of young children, ages 3 to 8, in a variety of settings: -Public and private schools (K-3). -Head Start programs. -Child development and child care centers. -Other programs related to the education of young children. Through online courses and a teaching practicum, you will learn educational methods that emphasize young children in the context of their family, gender, culture, and community. As a graduate of the full- or part-time program, you will: -Encourage the child’s natural curiosity and exploration of the environment. -Develop an understanding of human diversity and recognize its value in a community of learners. -Create supportive and productive learning environments for children, parents, and support staff. -Integrate knowledge about children with special needs into curriculum and program development. -Be reflective in your approach to teaching and leadership. Designed for certified teachers and non-certified professionals who want to strengthen their skills in educating young children. Fully online, you will participate in most class activities at the time and place of your choice. In addition, you will participate in "live" Web classes held at set times that are convenient for you. A teaching practicum (60 hours) will be required near your local community. You are NOT required to come to campus at any time. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you!


Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 32

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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