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Early Childhood Education Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Help the Next Generation of Students Succeed

As an educator, the impact of your work can truly last a lifetime. That’s why our online Master’s in Early Childhood Education program is designed around national standards to show you how to start an education off on the right foot. You’ll expand on your current expertise to better understand different learning styles of children, the role family relationships play in learning, and the developmental needs of all students up to the age of eight. All of which can help you create the curriculum and environment kids need, and deserve. 

What to Expect

  • 100% Online 
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Practicum

Classes Start January 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Understand Student Development

With a deeper understanding of development stages, you can adapt your teaching methods to how children learn best. 

Promote Positivity

Discover how to create nurturing environments that foster learning and build positive self-esteem.

Create Curricula That Works

Craft developmentally appropriate curriculum to boost skill development, critical thinking, curiosity, and reflection.

Reach All Students

Build comprehensive lesson plans based on equal and inclusive education to reach a variety of learning styles. 

Make Age-Appropriate Evaluations

Apply standards-based assessment practices to evaluate curriculum and improve student outcomes. 

Gain Insight From The Past

Learn the history, trends, and evolution of childhood education and how they are reflected and applied in schools today. 

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$15,452$20,888*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$453 per credit, 46 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Grants

Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

Recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), our master’s degree specialization in early childhood education focuses on helping you design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children.

As an advanced teaching program, our Master of Science in Education with an Early Childhood Education Specialization is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. This approval can help teachers in Minnesota and many other states add early childhood to their license or certificate.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The curriculum for our online master’s in early childhood education program focuses on strategies for classroom and family management, and eliminating achievement gaps. You will also explore special education and supervisory skills through your courses.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED5405 Infant and Child Development
ED5410 The Early Childhood Learning Environment
ED5420 Exceptional Children in the Early Childhood Setting
ED5430 Children, Families, and Society

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features rigorous online coursework plus added support outside the courseroom to help you begin work immediately toward that next step in your career.

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Choosing the Right K–12 Master’s in Education for You

There are many degree specializations in K-12 education. So which master’s degree is a match for you?

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online master's in early childhood education program.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Family Education center director
  • Education coordinator
  • Pre K–3 elementary teacher
  • Preschool lead teacher
  • Early childhood services director
  • Adjunct or part-time instructor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Daycare center
  • Head start center
  • Summer enrichment programs
  • Preschool or nursery school
  • Elementary public or private school
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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