The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education prepares students to teach the future of our region, state and country.
The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education includes three program options for teachers, administrators, other service providers and educators who wish to learn how to serve young children and their families. One of these options are for those who are already certified teachers. The second option is for those who are either certified teachers or have relevant preschool teaching experience. The third option is for certified teachers or non-certified professionals who are interested in early childhood leadership and administration. Courses are offered with the working professional in mind. Most courses required for the master's degree are offered during evening and summer hours and include several online courses.
What will I Learn?
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education program will gain:
- Knowledge of established research and best practices in early childhood/early childhood special education
- Knowledge of evidence-based strategies to enable them to be effective leaders within their respective disciplines at the classroom, school, and/or district level
- Skills to enable them to continue to develop their knowledge of research and best practices that lead to effective instructional strategies for all student achievement
Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the M.A. in Early Childhood Education.
Students must submit the following items with their application.
The GRE is not required for admission to this program. The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- 3.0 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
- Three professional letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Valid state of Michigan teaching certificate if seeking the Early Childhood endorsement
Before exiting from the M.A. in Early Childhood Education, you need to complete two steps:
The purpose of this survey is to assist the College of Education, Health, and Human Services with the evaluation of the master’s degree program and to serve as a guide for program development. The Exit Survey is a requirement for completion of the program. Submit the exit survey.
The Early Childhood Education degree is a 30-credit hour program of study. It provides students with a selection of three areas of concentration.
Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement
The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with the Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) program is designed for certified elementary teachers wishing to gain competency in the general and special education of young children birth to eight. This program provides an inquiry-based constructivist early childhood curriculum development and an inclusive transdisciplinary approach to early childhood education. This program requires fieldwork (EDD 594 Internship) at the UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center during a summer semester.
Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion
The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion is a non-endorsement program for teachers holding an Early Childhood (ZA/ZS) endorsement or having relevant preschool teaching experience. The unique internship opportunities offered in partnership with the Early Childhood Education Center and Beaumont Center for Exceptional Families focus on inclusive early childhood theories and practices. The program provides significant knowledge and skills for teaching children with disabilities using a transdisciplinary inclusive approach.
Early Childhood Administration and Leadership (Online)
The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education for Early Childhood Administration and Leadership program is designed for non-certified professionals who are interested in early childhood leadership and administration. In the Early Childhood field, there is a growing need for administrators and leaders in early childhood. This program will serve professionals (directors, education coordinators and curriculum specialists) who need further preparation in supervision and field experience in administration and leadership.