MEd in Early Childhood Education

Ignite learning by supporting the education and development of young children.

The Master of Education (MEd) in Early Childhood Education 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.


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Program Facts

Degree Type

Master of Education (MEd) in Early Childhood Education

Enrollment Term

Fall, Spring, or Summer





Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions
Priority given to applications received before March 1.

Admissions Requirements

GRE exam not required


Varies, depending on whether students are full-time or part-time.

Time Commitment

Full-Time or Part-Time

Program Overview

The Master of Education (MEd) in Early Childhood Education program focuses on the education of young children (birth to grade 4) 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.

Degree Requirements

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


The Early Childhood Education MEd 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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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.