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Total program credits needed for graduation: 46

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5842, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses:

Eleven Required Courses, 46 quarter credits

Foundations for Master's Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose (4 quarter credits)
Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
Assessment and Improvement of Instruction (4 quarter credits)
Classroom Management Strategies (4 quarter credits)
Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
Exceptional Children in the Early Childhood Setting (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

22 quarter credits

Infant and Child Development (4 quarter credits)
The Early Childhood Learning Environment (4 quarter credits)
Children, Families, and Society (4 quarter credits)
Early Childhood Reading and Literacy Instruction (4 quarter credits)
Early Childhood Education Practicum (6 quarter credits) †

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

+Learners are required to pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) prior to registering for ED5450. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with these examinations.

This program has not been reviewed or approved by Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania residents will have to apply and meet requirements for certification as out-of-state candidates.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, visit our licensure page. (Washington state learners are advised to go to: for more information)

**This requirement may be fulfilled by completing a KDS professional development course while you're enrolled in your Master of Science in Education program. Contact an enrollment counselor to learn more.

Kansas regulations require that Kansas residents must first be granted a license for early childhood education in Minnesota before applying for a Kansas license. They can then apply to add Early Childhood, Prekindergarten through grade three (general education only—no special education), as an endorsement on their Kansas license.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners requires graduates to first earn a Minnesota license and (if applicable) endorsement prior to applying for an Iowa license or endorsement. Capella assists learners seeking an Iowa license with understanding the Minnesota requirements and contacting state educator licensing offices. An Iowa resident seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Education Examiners must contact that Board for licensure requirements in Iowa. See the education licensure page for contact information.

Kentucky residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this Specialization.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.933.5842, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.