Program Description

MSU's Early Childhood Education program is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students who are currently employed in the field of early childhood education. You'll be prepared to make an impact in the lives of children from birth to age 8 after completing the program. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for a birth to third grade teaching license. The program will prepare you to work in a variety of leadership positions, including Early Childhood Administrator, Supervisor, Curriculum Specialist and Education Coordinator in preschool programs. The program takes full advantage of distance learning opportunities to provide flexibility. To ensure the high standards of the program, you will enroll in classes on campus during two summer sessions. The balance of the program course requirements can be completed online or by arrangement. If you already have a B.A. degree in early childhood education or a B.S.Ed degree in elementary education, you'd be able to transfer much of your course work into this program.


Professionals who already have degrees can also take courses for their own professional development.

Many courses are offered on line or over IVN as well as on campus to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students.

Most courses include direct, hands-on experiences working with children.

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  • Preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start and Kindergarten Teachers
  • Center Directors
  • Educational Specialists
  • Supervisors, Program Coordinators

Early Childhood Majors

Early Childhood Associates