This program is not designed for teacher certification, licensure or endorsement.
Capella's online master's in Early Childhood Education program is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is designed to prepare teachers to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children. And as part of Capella's Professional Education Unit, this specialization is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The curriculum includes course work in such topics as child psychology, classroom management, the early childhood learning environment, family engagement, and strategies for eliminating achievement gaps. Elective course work provides you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of learning theories or focus on special education or supervisory skills.
With your Master's in Early Childhood Education from Capella, you'll understand the stages of child development and how to create learning environments and developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction to encourage individual as well as group learning, skill development, reflection, critical thinking, and inquiry. You will be able to uphold ethical and professional standards in conduct as an early childhood professional and engage in continued professional growth.
Common jobs with an online Master's in Early Childhood Education include adjunct or part-time faculty, preK-3 elementary teacher, family education center director, parent and caregiver trainer or facility licensor. Potential workplaces include: land-based or online college or university, childcare center, preschool or nursery school, Head Start center, preK–3 public or private school, public agency, after-school enrichment program, and summer enrichment program.