Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education M.Ed. Program focuses on the education of young children (birth to age 8) in public and private schools and centers, homes, and other facilities in which children are served. Strong emphasis is placed on developing relationships with the families of young children and working collaboratively with other professionals. The program offers a range of coursework encompassing the needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children in the primary grades. Through coursework, field placements, and practical learning experiences, students develop competence in the use of developmentally appropriate practices in diverse contexts and settings. 

Quick Facts 

  • Program Duration:  Varies, depending on whether students are full-time or part-time. 
  • Time Commitment:  Full-time or part-time 
  • Terms of Enrollment:  Fall/ Spring/ Summer/ Rolling 
  • Course Requirements:  36 credits 
  • Application Deadline:  Rolling—priority given to applications received before January 15. 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required


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Program Details

The Early Childhood Education M.Ed. Program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings that support the learning and development of young children.  It includes rigorous coursework, as well as opportunities for observation and fieldwork in schools and centers for children birth through age 8.  Students can complete 6 credits of their program by participating in Pitt’s month-long Early Childhood Education Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy.   

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Degree Requirements

Successful completion of required coursework, field experiences, and comprehensive exam. 

Prerequisites

No specific course prerequisites 

Career Pathways

Preschool teacher, caregiver, private school teacher, work with children in varied community agencies, professional development trainer, and early education policy development, among other related careers.