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Early Childhood Education
Master of Science in Education

As an educator, your skills can have a lifelong impact on the lives of children. Our online MS in Education, Early Childhood Education is part of our CAEP-accredited Education Preparation Provider (EPP) unit, and is designed around national standards to help you thrive in diverse educational environments.

Discover how to build learning programs based on equal and inclusive education, how to work with diverse learning styles to improve learning outcomes, and how to use standards-based assessment practices to evaluate curriculum. Help today’s young students build self-esteem and open new doors. 

Designed around NAEYC

This specialization focuses on helping you design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children.

Prepare for licensure

This program features online coursework and face-to-face experiences, both designed to help you get ready to meet licensure requirements. 

Scholar-practitioner faculty 

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Classes start October 10

Use the code SUMMER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • 100% Online
  • 6 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Practicum
  • CAEP-accredited

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Education degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSEd in Curriculum & Instruction.

Job titles to explore

  • Pre-K teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Head start teacher
  • Preschool lead teacher
  • Preschool director
  • Childcare center director
  • Head start director
  • Adjunct or part-time instructor of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • Pre-K–3 public or private school
  • Preschool
  • Child day care center
  • Head start center
  • Government—federal, state, local
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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