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Early Childhood Education Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education


Total program credits needed for graduation: 46

Online Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education | Courses - Capella University

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

Core Courses

11 Required Courses, 46 quarter credits

ED5010 Foundations of Master’s Studies in Education† 4 quarter credits
ED5500 Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 4 quarter credits
ED5501 Assessment and Improvement of Instruction 4 quarter credits
ED5503 Classroom Management Strategies 4 quarter credits
ED5006 Survey of Research Methodology 4 quarter credits
ED5420* Exceptional Children in the Early Childhood Setting 4 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

22 quarter credits

ED5405 Infant and Child Development 4 quarter credits
ED5410* The Early Childhood Learning Environment 4 quarter credits
ED5430* Children, Families, and Society 4 quarter credits
ED5440 Early Childhood Reading and Literacy Instruction 4 quarter credits
ED5450* 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 in the MS in Education, Early Childhood Education specialization are required to complete ED5010 with a grade of “B" or higher as a condition of continued enrollment in the program.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

Learners are required to pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) to successfully complete their program. Learners must identify Capella University as a recipient to ensure the score report is sent to the university. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with these examinations.

Arkansas and Kentucky residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

You may be able to fulfill some requirements by completing a professional development course while you are enrolled in your program.

Online Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education | Courses - Capella University

What Can I Expect?

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.

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Online Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education | Courses - Capella University

Transfer Credits

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

Online Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education | Courses - Capella University

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, 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 with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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