Master of Arts (M.a.)

Early Childhood Education

In-Person or Online 30 major credits * 2 years

Affordable Tuition

$173/mo

*if using financial aid

How to Pay

Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet in an online format or on campus

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

Program Overview

This program is directed toward the preparation of educators who desire to become an accomplished early childhood teacher, an early childhood administrator, an early childhood public policy and advocacy specialist, or an early teacher educator/researcher.

This program is designed to provide students with a strong background in child and language development, family and community relationships, assessment, research, theory and practice, birth through age eight programs within a variety of educational settings: public and private centers and schools, adult and community-based educational settings, and other for- and non-profit organizations.

Program Objectives

  • Strengthen theoretical understandings of early childhood education
  • Increase knowledge of human growth and development with emphasis on the young child
  • Strengthen expertise in the instructional and curricular practices of early childhood education
  • Develop skills in administration and organization of ECE programs
  • Develop advocacy skills in supporting the development of families of young children within their communities
  • Must have 2 years early childhood experience

Areas of Study

CourseTitleHours
ECE 6100*EC Curriculum and Content, Ages 3 – 53
ECE 6105*Observation and Assessments3
ECE 6320*Child Development and Ethics in ECE3
ECE 6120Developmentally Effective Instruction for Diverse Learners3
ECE 6110School Age Curriculum, Ages 6 – 83
ECE 6115*Infant and Toddler Curriculum3
ECE 6170Professional Leadership and Advocacy in EC Education3
ECE 6160*Child, Family and Multicultural Community3
ECE 6190Practicum and Research in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 6180*Trends and Issues in EC Education3
 Total Credit Hours:30
Endorsement Process
Passage of the Illinois Early Childhood Education Content Test 206 required. Students should seek entitlement through Concordia’s Office of the Registrar. Once you hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) or Educator License with Stipulations endorsed in a teaching field, you can add additional content area endorsements. These endorsements can be added at any grade level even if the underlying teaching endorsement on the PEL is a different grade range.


*Six courses fulfill the State of Illinois requirement for the Early Childhood Education (PK-2) endorsement.

Master's Capstone Experience

The capstone experience for Early Childhood Education is in the Practicum and Research in Early Childhood Education course. In the capstone course candidates will demonstrate proficiency on all National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) advanced standards by designing a culminating project. This culminating project allows candidates to demonstrate their proficiency, knowledge, and skills in child development, family and community relationships, assessment, developmentally appropriate practices, leadership, and advocacy as they experience teaching and learning with young children from birth through age 8 in various early childhood settings.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.