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Early Childhood Education Studies
Master of Science in Education

You can help make a meaningful difference in children’s lives. A deeper understanding of their early development can give you the key to support their growth and well-being in a changing world.

The online MS in Education, Early Childhood Education Studies from Capella University is a way to establish these vital skills. You’ll develop an advanced understanding of how young children learn, what exceptional children need, and how family relationships play a role in childhood education. This degree program can prepare you for a variety of professional roles in the diverse field of early childhood education.

This specialization does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. 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.

Professionally aligned curriculum

Capella University’s MSEd in Early Childhood Education Studies is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Focus on DAP

Grow your knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), grounded in play-based learning that respects each child’s uniqueness.

Scholar-practitioner faculty 

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced faculty who are actively engaged in the field of early childhood education.

Classes start April 8

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

At a glance

  • Online
  • 8 Required courses
  • 3 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 2 Elective courses
  • 1 Capstone
  • 46 Total quarter credits
  • 12 Maximum transfer credits

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 Early Childhood Education Studies 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 Early Childhood Education.

Job titles to explore

  • Early childhood specialist
  • Early childhood curriculum designer
  • Preschool lead teacher
  • Preschool or childcare center director
  • Head Start program director

Employment settings to explore

  • Public or private school
  • Childcare center
  • Individual or family services
  • Head start center
  • Government—federal, state, local

*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.