West Chester University’s M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program provides students with the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to become an effective early childhood leader. Students develop a strong foundation in and understanding of the multiple factors that influence child development. Students combine their knowledge of child development, cultural and family background, appropriate academic content, technology, and assessment in order to design, implement, and evaluate learning experiences for all children.
Individuals interested in the Accomplished Teachers track must be certified teachers (not necessarily in ECE) and should hold a PA Instructional Teaching Certification or its equivalent. This program does not lead to PA Level I Certification.
Individuals interested in the Program Administrators track do not need to be certified teachers but should have at least one year of professional experience in an early childhood setting.
The program is run on a cohort model
Synchronous and asynchronous course formats
Students will be engaged in online individual and group projects
Spring start only
What can I do with this degree?
Graduates with certification are employed in public schools and early education programs with young children birth through third grade. Many graduates are in supervisory roles in childcare centers and social service agencies working with young children and their families. Graduates with a special interest assisting young children with disabilities find positions in early intervention. Some graduates work as parent education coordinators while others are curriculum specialists for training programs or state agencies. Opportunities also exist for graduates in child advocacy/family policy positions. Additionally, others teach at community colleges and as adjunct faculty in four-year institutions.
This program has been ranked as one of the top online M.Ed. programs in Early Childhood Education by AC Online and Best Colleges.com 2018-2019.